Jordan Kurth

Track: PhD + MPH

Jordan Kurth

Tell us about yourself:

I am a PhD+MPH student in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, specifically in the Exercise Psychology Lab and in the Health Statistics concentration. My areas of focus in my research involve the relationship between emotional and cognitive influences on physical activity behavior engagement, using intensive longitudinal methods. I am also passionate about improving research and measurement methodologies to better understand physical activity behavior.

Your education:

I got my B.S. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and earned M.S.Ed. from the same university.

Your vision:

I aim to conduct research that identifies psychological targets in order to inform effective and efficient multiple health behavior change intervention design. Even the most well-conducted research is worthless if not applied appropriately. Public health provides me with an interventionist perspective – something that helps to shape my research design.

Why pair a MPH degree with your PhD/MS at Purdue:

Purdue offers unparalleled research opportunities, especially in the context of a public health program. By offering the dual-degree program, the MPH program at Purdue is significantly influenced by active, engaged researchers in the faculty and student body. The opportunities to become involved in the foundation of public health research are endless.

Your goals on the first year of the program:

This year, I will begin to collect validity evidence for a measurement tool that I hope to use in the main study of my dissertation project – so I am technically starting my dissertation!

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