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Public health students take on Ohio community’s struggle with opioids in case competition

Teams of students from The Ohio State University College of Public Health presented strategies for reducing the burden of opioid misuse and opioid-related deaths in Hocking County, Ohio, to county health officials in the inaugural CPH Student Case Competition on Wednesday.

The competition, organized and hosted by the College of Public Health Alumni Society, challenged teams of...

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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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Epi PhD candidate wins national award for dissertation on pediatric traumatic brain injury

Jin Peng, MD, MS

Jin Peng, MD, MS, PhD candidate of epidemiology at The Ohio State University College of Public Health, received the Joseph J. Tepas Award at the 2017 Pediatric Trauma Society Annual Meeting in November. The competitive award is issued annually to recognize non-physician researchers who demonstrate excellence in pediatric trauma research.

Peng was honored for her dissertation research, “...

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CPH honors the 2017 Champions of Public Health

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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Breaking Ground

William Considine, MS '71

As Congressional leaders spent much of the year debating various options for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, we have heard about premiums and deductibles, CBO scores, the federal deficit, tax cuts, funding caps, the fate of the individual mandate, and pre-existing conditions. But one word that has barely been mentioned in the health care discussion is this one: children....

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Team Science = Research Success: A Q&A with Dr. Chris Weghorst

CPH Associate Dean for Research Chris Weghorst, PhD

For the fall/winter 2017 issue of our magazine, Ohio State Public Health, we sat down with Associate Dean for Research Christopher Weghorst, PhD, to talk about research at the college and the role his office plays to advance discoveries.


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Ohio’s opioid crisis: ‘We're all in this together’

A mural in the plaza of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

When Ohio Governor John Kasich passed through the sunlit atrium of the Ohio Statehouse one morning in early April, he noticed a meeting taking place with an all too familiar theme.

It was two days after Kasich gave his State of the State address in Sandusky, Ohio, where he discussed, among other needs, the opioid epidemic that has been ravaging his state. So when he stumbled...

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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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MHA Class of ’74 reaches endowed scholarship goal, doubles impact

The Ohio State University Health Administration Class of 1974.

For many, philanthropy is a deeply personal way to pave the path for those who will follow in their footsteps. For members of The Ohio State University’s Hospital and Health Administration Class of 1974, it was also a way to mark decades of collective success since graduation.

Their philanthropic group effort resulted in the Class of 1974 Distinguished Student...

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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, ... Read more »


Five years before brain cancer diagnosis, changes detectable in blood

Judith Schwartzbaum, PhD

Immune-system activity weakens before symptoms arise

Changes in immune activity appear to signal a growing brain tumor five years before symptoms arise, new research has found.

Interactions among proteins that relay information from one immune cell to another are weakened in the blood of brain cancer patients within five years before the cancer is diagnosed,... Read more »


Song, Berman among co-authors of research demonstrating dangers of ventilated cigarettes

Min-Ae Song, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in the CPH Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science, and Micah Berman, JD, CPH assistant professor, were among the co-authors on new research which shows that so-called “light” cigarettes have no health benefits to... Read more »


OSU College of Public Health graduate receives Ohio Public Health Association’s annual Student of Merit Award

Kate Friedman, a 2017 bachelor of science in public health graduate with a specialization in sociology and a minor in political science, was this year’s recipient of the Ohio Public Health Association’s (OPHA) annual Student of Merit Award.

Friedman was nominated for the award by the College of Public Health’s epidemiology professor Amy Ferketich, PhD, and accepted the award at the OPHA... Read more »


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,”... Read more »


Norris, Umoyo wa Thanzi research team honored with OSU’s 2017 International Engagement Award

Alison Norris, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology in the Ohio State College of Public Health, received the OSU Emerging International Engagement Award on May 3 from the Office of International Affairs for the research program she helps lead in Malawi called Umoyo wa Thanzi (UTHA, Health for Life).

Also honored were Norris’ faculty collaborators on the Malawi program, Abigail... Read more »


College celebrates graduates’ achievements during annual Pre-Commencement

The College of Public Health (CPH) recognized and celebrated the academic journey and successes of its graduating students during the college's annual Pre-Commencement program Saturday, May 6 at the Fawcett Center. About 500 students and their families, faculty, staff, and alumni gathered for the celebration.

College of Public Health Dean William J. Martin II, MD, and CPH Senior... Read more »


OSU swimming, Ronald McDonald House and public health: all part of Bopp's journey

Fourth-year public health student Amy Bopp has made the most of her time here with the College of Public Health, and will be receiving her bachelor of science in public health with a sociology specialization degree Sunday.

“I think this college is an experience unlike anything else that other students on campus get,” Bopp said. “I find that in every single public health class, what we’... Read more »


Graduating student finds MHA to be perfect blend of business, health

As MHA candidate Amanda Masciarelli approaches graduation she reflects on how her Ohio State experience didn’t necessarily start out in the field of public health.  

“I actually started out wanting to be a doctor -- I took a bunch of courses in undergrad thinking I wanted to go to medical school, but I realized it wasn’t for me,” Masciarelli said. “I explored a bit and I ended up in... Read more »


Little kids’ regular bedtimes and ability to regulate emotions may lessen obesity risk

Sarah Anderson

Study finds link between routines, emotions and weight

Family structure including regular bedtimes, mealtimes and limited screen time appear to be linked to better emotional health in preschoolers, and that might lower the chances of obesity later, a new study suggests.

“This study provides more evidence that routines for preschool-aged children are... Read more »


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