A holistic approach to public health research

This year the Maurice de Rohan International Scholarship was awarded to School of Health Sciences PhD student Ivana Stankov.

The $17,500 scholarship has enabled Ivana to travel to the United States to work with Dr Ross Hammond at The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC and Assistant Professor Pamela Matson at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Ivana is researching the complex relationship between the built environment, people and their health, and in another research project, peer influence on marijuana use.

‘The research I am working on during this visit is focused on the public transportation environment,’ Ivana says.

‘The aim is to build a model that represents the daily journey to work behaviour of people residing in the Northwest region of Adelaide.

‘To make this model work I will be considering characteristics of the neighbourhoods in which people live and try to explore the relationship between things like bus service availability and distance to the nearest transit stop and how these factors impact on people’s decisions to either use or not use public transportation.

‘I will then study how these choices influence residents’ physical activity patterns and ultimately their health.’

Read more at Research Edge

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