Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Evaluating Wellness Program Impact on Health Outcomes"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2014 - DURI
Research area(s):
healthcare, data analysis, statistics, wellness
Project Description:
The purpose of this project is to evaluate the impact of employee wellness interventions, particularly wellness coaching, on health related outcomes, such as healthcare costs and health risk status. Primary research questions involve identifying employer, employee, and wellness program variables associated with impact on health outcomes to inform improvements in wellness program design.
Expected Student Contributions:
The student working on this project will work along side a multidisciplinary team of health researchers to implement a range of data mining techniques and analytic approaches to answer a broad range of research questions and hypotheses, including student generated hypotheses of their own that can be approached within the dataset.
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Desired Qualifications:
Students interested in this project should have a background in statistics and the use of common statistical software packages and experience with working with quantitative data. Desirable additional skills would include some programming experience, data visualization or database experience.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Collins, William

Student Supervisor

William B Collins
Clin. Assoc. Professor, Communication

Cooperating Faculty

Steve Witz
Discovery Park, Public Health