Indiana University Bloomington

Translational Research Experience for MPH Students (TREMS)

The “Translational Research Experience for MPH Students” (TREMS) is an expansion of the pedagogical activities of the IU Institute for Research on Addictive Behavior (IRAB). TREMS affords MPH students one year of supervision, sponsorship, and mentorship to experience the research process within a public health setting, and to develop the necessary methodological skills that allows work across public health concentrations and in multidisciplinary teams.
The IRAB mission and vision drives the TREMS research agenda: namely, to understand the social, psycho-social, and behavioral contexts in which HIV/ STI transmission, disease outcomes, and unintended pregnancies occur among adolescent and young adult populations. TREMS expands upon MPH students’ coursework in epidemiology and biostatistics with research applications that nest epidemiologic models of disease transmission within broader social cognitive, theoretical frameworks.
TREMS interns begin by formulating the research problem, conducting the literature review, articulating research objectives/ aims, and then concentrate on the development of study design appropriate for multilevel conceptual frameworks of health risks and disease outcomes, and, finally, the dissemination of results. TREMS intends to demonstrably enhance students’ scientific careers and prepare future public health researchers who can bridge science to service.

Director of Student Research

M. Aaron Sayegh, Ph.D, MPH [Curriculum vitae] [Biography]
Clinical Assistant Professor
Dept. of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
School of Public Health, Indiana University


Josh Bundy, BS, MPH(c)
Identifying Community and Individual HIV-related Risks Factors among Adolescents and Young Adults
Joshua Bundy began his Master of Public Health in Epidemiology at Indiana University’s School of Public Health – Bloomington in Fall 2016. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Philosophy of Science from The University of Akron in 2014. He continued his undergraduate thesis research in orthopedic tissue-engineering for two additional years at UA as a research assistant in the lab of William J. Landis. His interests in Public Health and specifically Adolescent Health, began while working for Upward Bound, a TRiO federal grant program at UA. While there, he recognized health disparities that affected many of his student’s enrollment and retention in post-secondary education. Joshua became a TREMS intern to expand his methodological skills and gain more hands-on research experience outside of a basic science laboratory by delving into the social sciences. His career goal is in academic medicine in which he can combine his love of research and passion for clinical work by “bridging the gap between science and service”. He is originally from Cleveland, OH. In his spare time, he enjoys lifting, hiking, grilling, and gardening.

Josh Dowell
Joshua Dowell began the MPH program at IU SPH Bloomington in the Fall of 2016. He studied biology with a minor in chemistry at Siena Heights University, where he focused on bacterial antibiotic resistance. After graduating in Spring 2016, he decided to pursue his master degree in public health immediately. His interest in public health grew out of the desire to improve the lives of HIV positive people. Joshua became a TREMS intern to get hands on research experience working with HIV, as well as gain experience effectively combining epidemiological theory with statistics. His career goal is to become an outbreak investigator, combining his passion for infectious diseases and helping people in need. Originally from Ann Arbor, MI, Joshua enjoys hiking, playing volleyball, and trivia in his spare time.

Kyle Kaplan
Suicide among Midwestern Adolescents and Young Adults
Kyle Kaplan started the MPH program at IU SPH Bloomington in the Fall of 2016. He studied Pharmacy with a minor in Statistics at Purdue University. He graduated in the Spring of 2016 and made the decision to continue his education in the Masters of Public Health Program at Indiana. His interests in Public Health began during pharmacy school where he saw health disparities firsthand during an internship. He was saddened by how many people were unable to afford medications they desperately needed. Kyle became a TREMS intern to expand his methodological skills and gain hands-on research experience. His career goal is in academic medicine in which he can combine his love of research and passion for clinical practice. He is originally from Champaign, IL. He enjoys camping and playing guitar in his spare time.

Stephen Jay Award

During the 33rd Annual Indiana Public Health Celebration and Hulman Awards, Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington Master of Public Health (MPH) student Joshua Bundy received the Stephen Jay Award for Leadership in Public Health.
The Stephen Jay Award for Leadership in Public Health was initiated over 10 years ago by Lloyd Kolbe, now an emeritus faculty member from the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, to recognize and honor the inspirational work of Stephen Jay. Jay served as the first department chair of the IU Department of Public Health, which is now the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health in Indianapolis. Award recipients are current MPH students who exhibit exemplary public health leadership, scholarship and practice resulting in the improvement of public health in Indiana.
Since his onboarding to the TREMS program in IRAB in May 2017, Mr. Bundy has formulated a research problem focusing on the identification of community and individual risks that affect the reproductive health and the wellbeing of adolescents and young adults in Indiana. He developed sophisticated study designs and acquired data sources appropriate to test the multilevel conceptual framework he devised of health risks and disease outcomes. Mr. Bundy’s knowledge of the issues salient to the topic of HIV and adolescent health combined with his keen methodological skills have produced research that is translational, theory-driven, and useful not only to bettering the health of Hoosiers, but the nation as well. Specifically, Mr. Bundy has contributed to 3 Public Health investigations to improve the lives of Indiana’s adolescents and young adults. These researches include: 1) Race, Gender, and Disability-based Harassment and HIV/ STI Risks; 2) Suicide, Hopelessness, and Substance Use; and, 3) HIV testing and LGBTQ Stigma. His work culminated into 3 abstracts submitted to the 2018 meeting of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM). For his productivity and outstanding performance, Mr. Bundy received the 2017-2018 IRAB Applied Epidemiology Fellowship. Mr. Bundy is currently collaborating with IU SPH-BL faculty, IRAB research scientists, and other TREMS interns to develop these abstracts into manuscripts for submission to the Journal of Adolescent Health (JAH).