Alumni News

Study: More behavioral health care linked to small drop in gun-related suicides

counseling session

An increase in behavioral health providers is associated with a slight decrease in gun-related suicides, but the difference is small and points to a need to tackle gun violence in other ways, according to the authors of a new study.

Researchers from The Ohio State University compared national suicide data with national behavioral health employment data to determine what – if any –...

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CPH alumnus Dr. John Licciardone '88 receives high distinction

Dr. John Licciardone

Dr. John Licciardone, 1988 alumnus of Preventative Medicine, has been making a difference in public health for more than three decades. His writing, research, and knowledge has not gone unnoticed at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM). Because of his service and contributions, the University of North Texas (UNT) System Board of Regents has awarded Dr. Licciardone with the...

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Study: no link between “extreme” personal grooming, STDs


Women who choose to shave or wax their pubic hair might not be raising their risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) after all, according to a new study that found no connection between “extreme” grooming and chlamydia or gonorrhea.

Previous research and many media reports have warned women about a connection between pubic hair removal and STDs – but researchers at The Ohio State...

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Passion for public health

Jacob Gayle, PhD, MS ’82 (Photo courtesy of Jen Kelly, KeliComm Headshots)

For College of Public Health alumnus Jacob Gayle, PhD, MS ’82, home is not an address.

After living abroad on long-term assignments in South Africa, Switzerland and across the Caribbean, Gayle’s home is beyond the scattered plane tickets, moving boxes and suitcases that have frequented his life, but in the family, friends and memories he found around the world.

As the current...

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The Graduate: Mary DiOrio

Mary DiOrio, MD, MPH

You never know how your career may change over time....

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Public Health Buckeyes make an impression at APHA

Ohio State CPH Alumni at the 2018 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo

The American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Expo hosted more than 10,000 public health practitioners from around the world, including approximately 40 CPH faculty, students, staff and alumni.

Throughout the four-day San Diego event, APHA attendees explored public health-based solutions to the issue of health equity. Numerous...

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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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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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Breaking Ground: Lisa Sloane '07

Lisa Sloane, MHA '07

Many health care administrators turn to value-based care as a delivery model to improve care processes and quality. These improvements often achieve better patient outcomes and decrease health care costs for providers and patients alike—a win-win.

Our current value-based health care delivery system is rooted in the seminal report, “Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the...

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