Term of Award

Spring 2019

Degree Name

Doctor of Public Health in Public Health Leadership (Dr.P.H.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Department

Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health

Committee Chair

DR. GULZAR SHAH

Committee Member 1

DR. TILICIA MAYO-GAMBLE

Committee Member 2

DR. LINDA KIMSEY

Abstract

Low birthweight (LBW) is a complex issue associated with many risk factors that leads to abnormal physiological development, such as growth restrictions and respiratory complications in early infant development. This research focuses on the examination of predictive risk factors of LBW in Georgia’s population. The study focused on the African-American population, Georgia’s largest minority population and the most adversely affected subpopulation. This study utilized Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System data from the Centers for Disease Control and inferential statistics to address research questions related to LBW. Findings indicated that LBW was associated with genetic, biological, socioeconomic, and environmental factors. This study also has implications for public health programs, which can contribute to better pregnancy outcomes such as the displacement or preventive leave of pregnant women exposed to a hazardous work environment, or dietary supplement programs for undernourished women.


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