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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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Public Health undergrad receives research scholar award

The College of Public Health would like to congratulate Mariah E. Charette on her successful application for the OSU-Research Scholar Award.

Mariah has a wealth of training and experiences that have prepared her for success in the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degree program.

“This award means that I can continue my endeavors as I further explore public health and...

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Polluted air increases obesity risk in young animals

Qinghua Sun

Exposure to polluted air early in life led to an accumulation of abdominal fat and insulin resistance in mice even if they ate a normal diet, according to new research.

Animals exposed to the fine-particulate air pollution had larger and more fat cells in their abdominal area and higher blood sugar levels than did animals eating the same diet but breathing clean air.


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EHS PhD student earns top prize in poster competition

Jason Marion, PhD student in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, won first place in a poster competition at the Water Management Association of Ohio's conference on Nov. 17-18 in Columbus. Marion's poster, titled "Wet Weather and Total Phosphorus: Practical Predictors of Advisory Conditions at Inland Ohio Beaches," also won Marion praises from the judges. "The future of Ohio's water...

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Dr. Quinghua Sun earns Fulbright Award

Quinghua Sun is on his way to Colombia to contribute his expertise on global environmental health to the Colombian people.

Quinghua Sun, PhD, professor and assistant dean for global public health at the College of Public Health, earned the Fulbright Award and will be participating in the Fulbright Specialist Program. This program allows Ohio State to share its experiences and expertise...

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CPH Faculty Participate in ‘One Health’ Summer Institute in East Africa

The rural people of sub-Saharan Africa live on diverse agricultural activities, among which livestock plays an important role. According to the World Bank, agriculture can serve as an engine for economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa.                                 

Knowing the importance of livestock production to this region, Ohio State University partnered with colleagues in east...

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“Sticky” Stomach Flu Virus Stands Up to Typical Restaurant Dishwashing Measures


Restaurant dishes and silverware may be an overlooked place where people can catch stomach viruses, according to a new study published on the PLOS ONE website. While the current industry guidelines for cleaning dishware...

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