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BSPH students cap off semester with 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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2015 Year in Review

2015 brought some exciting times to the college: the presentation of the Champions of Public Health Awards; a visit from the US Surgeon General; the celebration of National Public...

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Managing public health crises through a virtual world

If you were a city health commissioner, how would you manage an infectious disease outbreak that resulted in mass fatalities? Would you close schools? Quarantine neighborhoods? Suspend public transit?

A new training simulation program enables public health practitioners to get hands-on experience in a virtual world similar to Second Life. In addition, the simulation allows training from...

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Peng Selected as the Student Patient Engagement Fellow at the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)

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...

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Study looks at predictor of outdoor playtime and school

A study by public health researchers shows that the amount of time spent playing outdoors at preschool is not related to the time spent playing outdoors at home.

The researchers found that having a yard near the home and a parent who visited a park or playground had more influence on outdoor playtime at home.

Alexis Marino, who received her MPH in Environmental Health Sciences...

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Companies pay almost $6,000 extra per year for each employee who smokes

A new study suggests that U.S. businesses pay almost $6,000 per year extra for each employee who smokes compared to the cost to employ a person who has never smoked cigarettes.

Micah Berman, who will become an assistant professor of health services management and policy in The Ohio State University College of Public...

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Cognitive test evaluates brain health

The Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE) may help physicians tackle the rising number of dementia patients and improve preventative treatment strategies by detecting early signs of cognitive impairments.

Over 1,000 volunteers ages 50 and over were given SAGE as part of a study by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center led by Dr. Doug Scharre, director of the...

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The world in our backyard

How research and service in Appalachia translates into underrepresented and underserved populations across the globe

With rolling hills, flowing rivers and winding roads, Ohio’s Appalachian area provides some of the most scenic settings of the state. But that geography and socioeconomic landscape becomes a challenge when it comes to health and wellness in these 32 Ohio...

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