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The Department of Health Sciences fosters a diverse, interdisciplinary scholarly environment to investigate diverse areas of human health. Our faculty are active scholars that publish in the leading journals in their fields and direct research projects that involve students. Our research ranges from the bench (microbiology) to the bedside (clinical ethics; anatomy & physiology) to the community (mixed methods public health research).

Areas of scholarship in the department include:

Ethics Education
End-of-life issues
Molecular mechanisms of herpesvirus entry into cells (first step of infection)
Public Health Ethics
Secondary prevention needs of HIV-positive young MSM
Social determinants of health behavior among young MSM

Douglas Bruce, PhD
Bruce, D., Harper, G.W., Fernández, M.I., & the ATN. (2013). Heavy marijuana use among gay and bisexual male emerging adults living with HIV/AIDS. Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services, 12(1), 66-88.
Bruce, D., Harper, G.W., Suleta, K. , & the ATN. (2013). Sexual risk behavior and risk reduction beliefs among HIV-positive young men who have sex with men. AIDS and Behavior, 17(4), 1515-1523.
Bruce, D., Harper, G.W., Fernández, M.I., Jamil, O.B.G, & the ATN. (2012). Age-concordant and age-discordant sexual behavior among gay and bisexual male adolescents. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 41(2), 441-448.

Sarah A. Connolly, PhD
Rowe, C.L., Connolly, S.A., Chen J., Jardetzky, T.S., & Longnecker R. (2013). A soluble form of Epstein-Barr virus gH/gL inhibits EBV-induced membrane fusion and does not function in fusion. Virology, 436(1), 118-126.
Connolly, S.A., & Longnecker R. (2012). Residues within the C-terminal arm of the herpes simplex virus 1 glycoprotein B ectodomain contribute to its refolding during the fusion step of virus entry. Journal of Virology, 86(12):6386-93.
Connolly S.A., Jackson J.O., Jardetzky T.S., & Longnecker R. (2011). Fusing structure and function: a structural view of the herpesvirus entry machinery. Nature Reviews Microbiology, 9(5):369-81.

Craig M. Klugman, PhD
Klugman C.M. (2013) Case Study: Futility on the Border. Hastings Center Report 43 (4): 11-12.
Klugman C.M. & Bard J. (2013). Medicolegal & ethical aspects of prehospital emergency medicine. In Boylan M (ed) The ABCs in Prehospital Emergency Medicine. (pp. 201-205). London: Blackwell.
Klugman C.M. & Usatine R. (2012). An evaluation of two online advance directive programs. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.