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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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NIH names epidemiology chair as associate director

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, announced today the appointment of David M. Murray, PhD, as associate director for disease prevention and director of the Office of Disease Prevention (ODP). Murray is expected to join the NIH on Sept. 23.

“This is an exciting time for research in disease prevention and health...

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Norris receives grant for sexual and reproductive health behaviors project in Malawi

Alison Norris, assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology, received a scholar career development award from the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), for her study entitled, “The role of decision making in sexual and reproductive health behaviors.”

The grant is from the Ohio State CCTS KL2 Program, which supports the career...

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Black raspberries show promise as natural cancer-fighter

Black raspberry pie is delicious, but using the fruit to develop a natural cancer prevention strategy is momentous. Christopher Weghorst, associate dean for research and professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, and his research team have been working toward this goal since 2006.


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Nature's Filter

Jiyoung Lee and her team are studying water samples taken during the swimming season from the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, a 6,704-acre preserved area located on the south shore of Lake Erie. They are examining the public health significance of understanding the pathways of pathogen transmission from contamination sources to...

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OSU experts part of $25M grant on virus-related foodborne illness

Four Ohio State University scientists are part of a multi-state $25 million effort to reduce the number of foodborne illnesses caused by viruses.

The five-year U.S. Department of Agriculture grant is the largest single food safety grant awarded by the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Under the leadership of North CarolinaStateUniversity, the grant allows the...

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A new electronic health record app designed in the College of Public Health has potential to improve cardiovascular health

Although electronic health record (EHR) tools are a great help in tracking specific risk factors or diseases, not many are used to analyze factors that could contribute to chronic disease. Two College of Public Health professors are on a mission to improve communication between patients and providers in relation to cardiovascular health. Randi Foraker, assistant professor in the Division of...

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Bars, restaurants see no significant employment change under smoking bans in 2 cities

The passage of smoking bans in two large Minnesota cities was not associated with job losses at bars and may in fact have contributed to higher employment in restaurants, according to new research.
The study is the first to examine the economic effects of clean indoor air policies on bars and restaurants as independent types of businesses, the researchers said. Consistent with previous...

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