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Not every path to success is a straight line

Laura Zdon '18

As she watched the hustle of the students bathed in the haze of the early morning light, every blink captured a snapshot of her future...

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Mike Smeltzer ’70: Educating public health students today and long into the future

Mike Smeltzer '70

During his Ohio State education and career in public health, Mike Smeltzer learned the importance of a solid educational foundation. Today, he is dedicated to supporting the next generation of public health professionals.

Smeltzer's career in public health started in microbiology because of a Petri dish. While attending Ohio State, his roommate came home with several Petri dishes from...

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Janet Porter ’77 furthers support of OSU as Trustee

Janet Porter

Over Janet Porter’s 40-year career, she has strived to follow one motto: Live with gratitude. Gratitude for her alma mater is what will fuel Janet’s new tenure as a charter member of Ohio State’s board of trustees through 2020.

A Buckeye through and through, Janet earned her bachelor’s in 1975 and her master’s in health administration in 1977.

“Every professor knows that you...

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The Graduate: Julia Applegate

Julia Applegate

I remember the exact moment I knew I needed to return to Ohio State to get my MPH. I was the LGBTQ health program manager at Columbus Public Health and the health commissioner asked me to prepare a presentation for the board of health that included a reference to the “Principles of the Ethical Practice of Public Health.” I had been working in public health for 13 years and was passionate about...

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FROM CLASSROOM TO CAMEROON: Alum puts BSPH to work in Peace Corps

Women from Paulos' care group

Sesen Paulos was yet another undecided student at Ohio State.

It was 2011 and Paulos wasn’t certain which major would merge her interests in social and natural sciences. That was until the College of Public Health introduced its Bachelor of Science in Public Health program.

Once she enrolled, Paulos never looked back. She engaged in...

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Alum Reduces Opiate Overdose Deaths Through Program at ODH

Amy Holthusen, MPH ‘15

Leslie Dawn Cooper struggled with addiction for years until her untimely death in 2009. The Portsmouth, Ohio, resident overdosed on oxycodone at the age of 34. If someone else was present at the time of her death, a witness intervention could have saved Cooper’s life.

Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone), a program at the Ohio Department of Health, works to reduce opioid overdose...

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G. Wyckliffe Hoffler ’68: From aerospace medicine to amateur astronomy

G. Wyckliffe Hoffler, MD, MS ’68, aerospace medicine graduate from the department of preventive medicine, division of public health, is a retired NASA physician.  In his earlier work with NASA at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas, Hoffler would evaluate astronauts' cardiovascular health pre- and post-flight during the Apollo Lunar and Skylab programs.   Later he also supported...

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College honors 2017 Champions of Public Health and distinguished alumni awardees

2017 Champions of Public Health

The College of Public Health presented the 2017 Champions of Public Health Awards on October 16 to five individuals and organizations for making strides in improving the health and well-being of Ohioans.

Among the awardees were the Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio, which received the Dean’s Award for adhering to the needs of poor children, those with disabilities and children of color;...

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Shear Advocate: The indomitable Al Edmondson clips hair, grows hope for all

Jonathan Robinson '17 and mentor Al Edmondson

“When I was in elementary school, my dad would cut my hair.  I used to get mad at him because he would always nick me and mess up.  The final straw was one time he was cutting my hair pretty low and he put a big hole in my hair.  I had a huge bald spot and everyone was making fun of me at school.

“That’s when I decided my dad wasn’t cutting my hair anymore.  We knew Al through our...

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From Columbus to Kabul: Working to improve reproductive and sexual health

Ohio State faculty members Maria Gallo, Alison Norris, William Miller and Marcel Yotebieng

Assessing how to build a hospital for mothers and children in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Deciphering why syphilis rates in the U.S. have skyrocketed.

Creating an accurate measure of contraceptive use among Vietnamese women.

Different parts of the world, same shared purpose:  understand the needs and barriers,...

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College of Public Health Study Pinpoints How Delays in Care Impact Neonatal Health in Rwanda

Ohio State University College of Public Health graduate Efua “Nana” Wilmot, MPH ’14, recently published her research on Rwandan neonatal health in the Maternal and Child Health Journal. College of Public Health professors and co-authors Marcel Yotebieng, MD, MPH, PhD, and Alison Norris, MD, PhD, assisted her as faculty advisers during her research process.

Wilmot’s study, “Missed...

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A trip to the barber changed ’17 grad’s path toward public health

Jonathan Robinson '17

Going to the barber can change your life.

For Jonathan Robinson, BSPH ’17, a visit to the barber was just one of several to-do’s on his list before starting his freshman year at Ohio State. But none shaped his career passion like the day he walked into “A Cut Above the Rest."

“When I went to get my haircut that day, I was confused by the large amount of people in the shop,”...

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College of Public Health Honors Ohio’s Public Health Champions

The Ohio State College of Public Health honored five individuals and organizations for their selfless and pioneering work improving lives in Ohio during the 12th annual Champions of Public Health Awards Reception, on Wednesday, November 30.

Judge Frederick Moses was awarded the Community Leader Award for developing the first Vivitrol Drug Court in Ohio’s Hocking County...

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National Health Care Leaders and MHA Alumni, Students Converge During 41st Annual Management Institute and Alumni Banquet

This fall, the Health Services Management and Policy Alumni Society (HSMPAS) hosted the 41st annual Management Institute and Alumni Banquet. This day-long event featured a variety of speakers, networking sessions and CEU opportunities which attracted over 110 HSMP alumni, current students, faculty and notable health care leaders.

The day kicked off with the Diversity and...

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Health Administration Alumni Recognized with Ohio State Alumni Association Awards

This fall, The Ohio State University Alumni Association recognized eleven outstanding alumni and other individuals who have brought extraordinary credit to Ohio State. Two of the alumni honored are Alan Brass, MHA ‘73 and Corbett Price, MHA ’75 are graduates of The College of Public Health’s Division of Health Services Management and Policy.

Brass, a longtime leader in the healthcare...

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Study Finds Little Compliance with Tobacco Retail Store Zoning Regulations in China

The Ohio State University College of Public Health recently released a study which shows that while there are zoning regulations in China which prohibit tobacco sales within 100 m of schools, enforcement of these regulations is minimal. 

Trained students audited tobacco retail stores within 200 m of schools and residential neighborhoods in Changsha, China to determine the density of...

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Six alumni named as American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM) Diplomates

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Congratulation to the following Veterinary Public Health alumni by successfully passing the specialization board examination and becoming American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM) Diplomates:

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College of Public Health alum named Young Public Health Professional of the year

Dr. Rachel Tumin, PhD '15, Survey and Population Health Analyst Manager for the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center (GRC), received high honors from the Ohio Public Health Association (OPHA) for her substantial public health research and health survey work. The OPHA Awards Committee chose Tumin as the Young Public Health Professional of the year. OPHA is a statewide...
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HSMP Graduate Associate Recognized with Teaching Award

Congratulations to Naomi Adaniya, PhD, ‘15 from the Division of Health Services Management and Policy on receiving the Graduate Associate Teaching Award (GATA).

This award recognizes graduate teaching assistants who have demonstrated excellent teaching skills, stimulate thinking and student develop and utilize a variety of creative teaching methods. Out of about 3,000 graduate students...

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Lash Group Relocates HQ

A business that Peyton Howell, MHA  ’90 started at her kitchen table 23 years ago in Charlotte, NC dedicated its new $57 million headquarters with 1200 on staff. Click here for the full story.

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