Project Description

Author: zaman et al.


Background: This study aimed to identify master of public health (MPH) students’ perceptions, inclinations, and barriers to research and explore factors associated with research involvement.

Methods: This descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted at 6 universities for a duration of six months. A total of 417 MPH students were interviewed. Data was collected based on demographic characteristics, voluntary research involvement, self-perceived research competence, future research aspirations and research barriers and challenges.

Results: Among the 417 participants, 33.1% indicated that they conducted research independently, 27.6% received formal research training during their undergraduate studies, 87.5% expressed their intention to pursue career in research and 66.7% reported facing barriers during their research activities (66.7%). Multivariate regression analysis have revealed that being a non-health care professionals [OR(95%CI)= 1.98(1.04-3.77),p=0.037], having non-science discipline previous education [OR(95%CI)= 2.64(1.07-6.53),p=0.035], being female [OR(95%CI)= 2.11(1.18-3.76),p=0.012] and having training in research activities [OR(95%CI)= 3.35(1.9-5.89),p=<0.001] were factors that influence MPH students to engage in research independently

Conclusion: This study suggested that research involvement among MPH students were influenced by their profession, previous education, research training, and gender. Despite the widespread interest in pursuing a career in research, less than half of MPH students were involved in research activities.

Keywords: research involvement, public health, medical education,

Status: Ongoing

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