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BSPH students cap off semester with Capstone Poster Session

capstone poster session

Each semester, the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) Capstone Poster Session highlights the accomplishments of College of Public Health undergraduate students' capstone experiences and celebrates the faculty and staff who have helped the students reach their capstone goals.

The capstone project has been a required component of the BSPH curricula since the program's inception...

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Scholarship to attend family planning forum won by doctoral student

Courtney Dewart, doctoral student of epidemiology

Epidemiology doctoral student Courtney Dewart won a scholarship to attend the 2018 North American Forum on Family Planning next month in New Orleans.

Since its commencement in 2011, the three-day annual forum, co-sponsored by the Society of Family Planning, Planned Parenthood Federation...

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New program boosts use of HIV medications in injection-drug users

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A relatively simple effort to provide counseling and connect injection-drug users with resources could prove powerful against the spread of HIV in a notoriously hard-to-reach population, new research suggests.

The study increased by almost 30 percent the use of...

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CPH staff member wins annual research paper contest

Brittney Keller-Hamilton, program manager, Division of Epidemiology

Epidemiology program manager Brittney Keller-Hamilton was announced as one of five winners in the 2018 annual Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) Student Research Paper Contest.

Keller-Hamilton was awarded in the doctoral category for her paper titled “Tobacco and Alcohol on Television: A...

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Algal blooms a threat to small lakes and ponds, too

Harmful algae isn’t just a problem for high-profile bodies of water – it poses serious, toxic threats in small ponds and lakes as well, new research has found.

A team of researchers from The Ohio State University examined water samples from two dozen ponds and small lakes in rural Ohio and found...

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Epidemiology PhD student's study finds 2 in 5 teens texting while driving despite state bans

Li Li, MS, a doctoral student of epidemiology at the Ohio State University College of Public Health, is the first author of an article examining individual- and state-level factors associated with teens texting while driving. The study, done in conjunction with researchers from The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),...

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New report shows increasing trend of EMS-administered naloxone for overdoses

A study conducted by researchers with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians shows a significant increase in EMS administration of naloxone during a recent five-year period. Naloxone is a life-saving drug...

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Research forums a rite of passage for many students

Mikafui Dzotsi and Christopher Weghorst, PhD

In March, three of the college’s doctoral students placed in the top three in their respective categories at the Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum.

Brittany Keller-Hamilton (epidemiology) placed second for her research on the effects of outdoor tobacco advertising on young males; Seungjen Lee (environmental health sciences) placed second with his research on microcystin...

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Researchers seek to identify specific carcinogens affecting firefighters

Susan Olivo-Marston and Olorunfemi Adetona

CPH researchers Susan Olivo-Marston, PhD, MPH, Olorunfemi Adetona, PhD, and Darryl Hood, PhD, are building off of this study to find ways to improve firefighters’ occupational safety.

The team will use biological markers in firefighters to identify which specific contaminants emitted in structural fire smoke are associated with cancer.

Olivo-Marston, assistant professor of...

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“Smart Foodsheds” project aims to improve food security in Columbus, Sacramento

Ayaz Hyder, PhD

Although food is mass produced to feed the world’s population, health and nutritional disparities like food insecurity still affect millions of lives. Working to address these disparities is Ayaz Hyder, PhD, assistant professor of environmental health sciences at the College of Public Health. Hyder is co-principal investigator on a new National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project aimed at...

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Workplace Intervention can lead to Diabetes Prevention

A recent Ohio State Study shows the workplace can provide an ideal setting for identifying employees with prediabetes and reduce the risk for diabetes through effective wellness programs. The study, published in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention journal, found that employees enrolled in a workplace intervention program as a group lost more weight than employees who received only...

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Diesel exhaust linked to cancer development via new blood vessel growth

Scientists here are the first to demonstrate that the link between diesel fume exposure and cancer lies in the ability of diesel exhaust to induce the growth of new blood vessels that serve as a food supply for solid tumors.

The researchers found that in both healthy and diseased animals, more new blood vessels sprouted in mice exposed to diesel exhaust than did in mice exposed to clean...

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Unproven Claims

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...

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Student earns scholarship for public health research

Jordan Chen, an undergraduate biology major, is the recipient of a 2012 Mayers Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarship from The Ohio State University Undergraduate Research Office and Division of Natural and Mathematical Sciences.

Chen’s advisor is Qinghua Sun...

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Time and change have shown Jay Wilkins and Mac Crawford Ohio State careers, friendship

What started out as mentorship between a preventive medicine professor and PhD student, turned into a lifelong friendship and side-by-side careers at Ohio State.

Mac Crawford, associate professor of clinical public health, chose Ohio State for his Master of Science degree in preventive medicine in 1986. He took notice of Professor Jay Wilkins' epidemiology research and was interested in...

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Liz Klein discusses proposed e-cigarette bill on WTVN podcast

Liz Klein, assistant professor of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, discusses Ohio House Bill 144, which would prohibit e-cigarette sales to those under 18.

"Part of it I completely support-- creating rules to require people be 18 years or...

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Study of Emergency Departments and Electronic Health Records Lands CPH Professor in Listing of Top Medical Informatics Articles

After spending two years in hospitals learning more about the flow of information, and more importantly the flow of patients, assistant professor Brian Hilligoss is again receiving recognition for his article, “Chart biopsy: an emerging medical practice enabled by electronic health records and its impacts on emergency department-inpatient admission handoffs.”

The article was originally...

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