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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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Dirty water? Warning system inadequate to prevent swimmers from getting sick at inland lakes

COLUMBUS, Ohio - New research shows a clear link between increasing levels of E. coli bacteria in an inland Ohio lake and a greater risk that swimmers in the water will suffer a gastrointestinal illness.

While the finding reinforces conventional wisdom, it is among very few studies to have quantified the risk for illness at an inland beach. Most similar work has examined the Great Lakes...

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Ohio State well represented at Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Annual Meeting

In early March, 20 faculty, staff and students from the College of Public Health attended the annual meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) in Chicago. The SRNT is the leading association focused on this special area of research.

“SRNT is always an excellent mix of content, and this year was no exception.  It is a great meeting to learn about new and cutting...

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EPA grant funds study on ensuring safe drinking water in Lake Erie

Jiyoung Lee, assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, received a $748,902 award from the Environmental Protection Agency for her project, “Ensuring Safe Drinking Water in Lake Erie: Quantifying Extreme Weather Impacts on Cyanotoxin and Disinfection By-products.”


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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...

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Scientists find gene interactions that make cocaine abuse death 8 times more likely

Scientists have identified genetic circumstances under which common mutations on two genes interact in the presence of cocaine to produce a nearly eight-fold increased risk of death as a result of abusing the drug. Danielle Sullivan, a doctoral student in biostatistics in the College of Public Health, was the first author on the study. Co-authors on the study included Hong Zhu and...

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Public health students receive new, international perspective from world travels

Ohio State public health students are breaking through the Buckeye walls to receive international perspectives through the College of Public Health’s travel scholarships.

 Jessica Healy, a Master of Public Health student specializing in environmental health sciences, traveled to Maroua, Cameroon over the summer to evaluate cholera risk factors...

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A deeper dive into workplace causes of asthma and chronic lung disease

The Ohio State University College of Public Heath recently released a study that found an increased risk for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease related to working in very cold or hot temperatures, performing physically demanding activities, working outdoors and working with exposure to contaminants. The study used a new way to look at the relationship between job exposures and...

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