Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Research Group

Member Application

Group Leader and Membership Contact:

Abdul R. Shour, MSP. PhD.
Assistant Professor, Public Health Department

About the SDOH Research Group

Social determinants of health (SDOH) such as poverty, unequal access to health care, lack of education, stigma, and racism accounts for 80% of our health outcomes (including length and quality of life) and serves as underlying, contributing factors of health inequities.
Individuals interested in SDOH research are encouraged to join Carroll University's SDOH Research Group, which is dedicated to improving people's lives by reducing health inequities. The group's mission is to build research capacity for students, alumni, and faculty/staff interested in SDOH research, policy, practice, and community engagement.
The SDOH Research Group will provide scientific leadership and guidance in the process of addressing health disparities and involving community members in problem-solving. With the goal of reducing health disparities, the Group will assist investigators in understanding disparities and successfully designing and implementing innovative and clinically meaningful interventions.  Both quantitative and qualitative methods will be used in this group's research. The Group will assist in the integration of quantitative and qualitative data, as well as the reporting of qualitative and mixed methods research findings. This page contains information for potential members who wish to apply, and all applicants must do so online.

Membership Benefits

Participating in the SDOH Research Group allows you to further your career or prepare for life after graduation by widening your academic experience in a rapidly growing subject of public and community health. As an SDOH researcher, you will gain important and complex research skills in the measurement of social determinants of disease and health inequities in order to provide evidence for political action that may influence the action of the determinant of illness and health inequality.
There are major benefits to becoming a member of the SDOH Research Group, including:
All members:
Membership in the SDOH Research Group is a privilege that comes with several distinct opportunities. All members- Students’ members:

Membership Responsibilities

Membership Requirements

For students to be eligible:  
For faculty/staff to be eligible:

Application Process

  1. Complete and submit the online application below.
  2. Applicants will receive written notification of the decision following membership review.
  3. Once an application for membership has been received, the application will be evaluated and a recommendation will be made to Dr. Abdul Shour, Assistant Professor of Public Health
New membership applications will be reviewed monthly, and all members will be reviewed at least once a year to ensure they are still meeting their membership requirements. Members may be reminded of their responsibilities to maintain their eligibility status as a result of this evaluation every year. The evaluation is based on member productivity in terms of publications, grants, and writing group contributions.

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