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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,... Read more »


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... Read more »


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... Read more »


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... Read more »


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... Read more »


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... Read more »


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... Read more »


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... Read more »


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 »


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 »


Seven undergraduate students from the College of Public Health presented their thesis research on March 29 at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum held at OSU, with two students receiving awards for their research.

Montgomry Burgoon, Katherine Friedman, Lea Ghastine, Sarah Jossart, Rana Khalil, Allison Porter and Mariah Wood presented their... Read more »


Abby Shoben presents at Research Day 2017

Twenty-eight faculty and postdoctoral researchers from all areas of the college shared their research with each other through presentations and posters at the 2nd Annual Research Day, held on Feb. 17 at Thompson Library.

The event was organized by the associate dean for research, Chris Weghorst, Ph.D., and a committee of faculty and staff with the purpose of promoting inter-... Read more »


Over 16,000 end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients undergo kidney transplantation in the United States every year. For most ESRD patients, successful kidney transplantation provides longer survival and a better quality of life than dialysis.

Yet, waiting lists and waiting times for kidney transplants continue to grow in the United States. This is due, in part, to potentially viable... Read more »


The College of Public Health has been awarded a Grand Challenges Explorations grant, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Alison Norris, MD, PhD, assistant... Read more »


The College of Public Health recently raised $9,802,439 during the But for Ohio State capital campaign, surpassing our goal by more than $500,000. The funds raised support education, research and community engagement, allowing faculty and students to make an impact in public health both locally and internationally. 

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Ayaz Hyder, assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences at the College of Public Health and affiliated faculty, Translational Data Analytics received an NSF grant along with colleague, Andrew May, assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering.  This grant will be used to engage high school students as citizen... Read more »


Jin Peng, MD, MS, a PhD candidate in Epidemiology, has been selected as the SOPHE Student Patient Engagement Fellow for 2016-17. The fellowship is designed to recognize and train exceptional students to advance the research and practice of patient-centered care from the perspective of health education or behavioral science.

This competitive fellowship is the only one of its kind awarded... Read more »


A cross-disciplinary team of Ohio State researchers has discovered that e-cigarette manufacturers are making health claims that likely won't stand up to new Food and Drug Administration regulations.

As many Americans reach for electronic cigarettes in place of  — or in addition to — traditional smokes, they’re likely encountering a lot of unproven claims that the new products... Read more »


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