Alumni News

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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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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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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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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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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