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MPH student spends rewarding summer conducting research in Nicaragua

It was an unforgettable and rewarding summer for College of Public Health (CPH) student Pallavi Oruganti, who spent her precious summer months in Los Robles, Jinotega, Nicaragua, conducting fieldwork and collecting data for her Master of Public Health (MPH) culminating project.

Oruganti was part of an interdisciplinary research team made up of Ohio State students from public health,...

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Grant to help Gallo debunk contraceptive myths in Kingston, Jamaica

Maria Gallo, PhD, associate professor in The Ohio State University College of Public Health’s Division of Epidemiology, received a $120,000 grant from the Society of Family Planning to help educate adult women about contraceptive options in Kingston, Jamaica.

Gallo and the research team hope to debunk myths and confusion surrounding contraceptive safety. Contraceptive methods often go...

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CPH faculty member receives grant from health department to implement strategic planning towards accreditation

Andy Wapner, DO, MPH, clinical assistant professor at Ohio State’s College of Public Health and Director at the Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP), received a $7,800 grant from the Hocking County Health Department to allow CPHP to help guide Hocking County’s Health Department toward accreditation.

“This work builds off the Center’s previous facilitation of Hocking County’s Health...

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CPH faculty member receives grant from Ohio University Diabetes Institute to examine diabetes resources in Appalachia

Andy Wapner, DO, MPH, clinical assistant professor at Ohio State’s College of Public Health and Director at the Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP), received a $2,600 grant from Ohio University’s Diabetes Institute to examine resources related to diabetes in rural Appalachia.

As part of the grant, CPHP facilitated a one-day regional health improvement planning session hosted by the...

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CPH faculty member receives grant to help build Accreditation Support Initiative workforce development plan

Andy Wapner, DO, MPH, clinical assistant professor at Ohio State’s College of Public Health and Director of the Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP), received a $9,984 grant from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to begin developing a program that will educate and support governmental public health agencies and help them achieve public health accreditation...

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CPH faculty members receive $1.5 million CDC grant to study dramatic rise of syphilis

With syphilis rates rising across the country, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has awarded a $1.589 million grant to The Ohio State University faculty members William Miller, MD, MPH, chair of the College of Public Health’s Division of Epidemiology, and Abigail Norris Turner, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the College of Medicine and CPH associate...

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Ohio State public health student’s research on harmful algae blooms and cancer honored with the Science Communication Award at Great Lakes Research Conference

Igor Mrdjen, a PhD student in the College of Public Health’s Division of Environmental Health Sciences, has received the Science Communication Award at the International Association for Great Lakes Research’s 60th Annual Great Lakes Research Conference, held in Detroit in May.

Mrdjen’s research, titled “Evaluation of Cyanobacteria and Their Toxins in a Two-staged Model of...

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Gallo’s Work on Establishing Objective Measures for Sexual Exposure Rewarded With Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Grant

When asked about why she decided to work in public health, Maria Gallo, PhD, College of Public Health associate professor of epidemiology, thought back to when she was a Peace Corps volunteer in a small village in Nicaragua about 20 years ago. Gallo witnessed that people fell ill with a “mysterious hemorrhagic fever.” Until a team from the Centers for Disease Control arrived and identified the...

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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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