Yunjoo Shin '19, Center for Career and Community Engagement | Earlham College
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Yunjoo Shin '19

I am interested in pursuing a career in health with an M.D. and Masters in Public Health dual degree. I love both the natural sciences and social sciences, and I believe that this will help me have a very comprehensive view on health. I want to learn more about how individual health is impacted by the surrounding environment, and I would like to understand about the social roots behind various health issues.

This summer, I will be learning about health communication, and will be participating in research focusing on minority health. Through this research, I hope to learn more about how certain social pressures and stigmas actually take a toll on health communication, which subsequently leads to lower health outcomes. I will also be learning more about public health, and be immersed in the field.

Overall, I hope that this internship will help me increase both my qualitative and quantitative research skills, while additionally giving me an in-depth look into an area of health that is much overlooked. I believe that my summer experience will add greater knowledge to the passion that I have for changing communities’ health. 

About This Internship: 

STUDY 1: Social Networks and Health

The purpose of this social networks study is to understand who African American adults rely upon for support regarding health and important matters. Specifically, our research team will be recruiting full siblings (ex. brother-sister, sister-sister, brother-brother) to complete an in-person interview about how support for health and important matters is provided within African Americans’ social networks. A total of 40 interviews will be conducted. The interviews will be conducted by trained graduate-level students. Data will be collected using a paper-based instrument, or directly entered into the REDCap web-based data management system, depending on the participant’s preference.

For this study, a student is needed to provide assistance with data entry.

STUDY 2: African American Family Health Communication Project

A subset of the sibling pairs from study 1 will be invited to participate in this study. The purpose of this study is to understand the patterns and characteristics related to how health information, social support, and spiritual support is exchanged within African American families. 
For this study, participants will be given 3 weeks to complete a “family-tree information packet.” In the packet, they will be asked to record the names, gender, and ages of 5 generations of their family. Once returned, the information in this packet will allow our team to graphically design the participant’s family tree. Once the family tree is graphically created and printed, each participant will complete an in-person interview, where they will be asked to identify relatives on their family tree with whom they exchange health information, social support, and spiritual support. A total of 20 interviews will be conducted.


For this study, a student is needed to provide assistance with graphically designing family trees, using Progeny pedigree-generating software. The student will also assist our team with data entry.

Yunjoo Shin

Yunjoo Shin '19

Social Networks & Health Intern, IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health

Major: Undeclared

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