EPI Virus Thesis Program (EVTP) Thesis Topics

American Men’s Internet Survey (AMIS)

Travis Sanchez or Jeb Jones

  • Bar attendance trends among MSM
  • Characteristics of multi-year MSM participants (compared to single-year)
  • Marijuana use (medical, recreational, and/or trends) among MSM

Jodie Guest

  • Unstable housing among MSM
  • Rural versus non-rural MSM – characteristics, behaviors



Travis Sanchez, Jeb Jones, or Aaron Siegler

  • Attitudes about providers, outness to providers, access to care
  • Detailed substance use prevalence and correlates
  • Detailed sexual behavior prevalence and change during prospective follow-up
  • Risk compensation on PrEP


Engagement study

Jodie Guest

  • Variables associated with reasons for missing/never taking ARVs
  • Variables associated with housing status at baseline, 3 and 6 months
  • Agreement between ARV/adherence in self-report and lab data

Jeb Jones

  • Disclosure of status to partners and condom use
  • Agreement between alcohol, drug use in self-report and lab data


PrEP Locator

Aaron Siegler

  • Geospatial analysis


Rotavirus vaccination

Ben Lopman

  • Global impact of rotavirus vaccine introduction
  • Unexpected impacts of rotavirus vaccination in US
  • Modeling improved coverage of rotavirus vaccination


CDC Global HIV

Thesis advisor Patrick Sullivan and field advisor Drew Voetsch will choose one student to work on one of these thesis topics:

  • ARV use, viral load and HIV status in sexual partners  
  • HIV burden among orphans and vulnerable children
  • Stigma effects on HIV treatment-seeking behavior
  • TB screening, co-infection and treatment among PLHIV
  • Fertility, contraceptive practices and fertility desires among HIV-infected and uninfected women
  • Coverage of antenatal services and predictors of use
  • HIV burden among orphans and vulnerable children