SPH Stories

Featured stories about SPH people, research and impact.

When the global food system is thrown into crisis — whether that’s due to a pandemic, a war, a drought — often the first concern is economic fallout.

While gender-affirming hormones are critical to trans individuals’ health and wellbeing, a new study provides insight into why people m

Public transit is one of the few ways youth have to independently navigate to school or work, but they don’t always feel safe doing so.

The University of Washington School of Public Health is pleased to announce Deepa Rao, Ph.D., M.A., as Vice Dean for Faculty, a newly expanded role from her previous position as interim Senior Associate Dean.

On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a historic 6-3 decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, giving individual states the power to make decisions about the legality of abortion in their jurisdictions. This marks the first time in the history of the United States that the Court has taken away a given right by overturning a 50-year-old, constitutionally protected liberty.
With the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade and ending the constitutional right to abortion, researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health share the impact of abortion restrictions and criminalization on public health and healthy equity, as well as the potential impact on health care policy in Washington state.
The University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative awarded funding to seven teams that include School of Public Health (SPH) researchers in its latest round of grants.

In March of 2021, Horacio Chacon Torrico arrived in Seattle to begin his second year of graduate studies at the University of Washington School of Public Health, after having completed the first two quarters remotely from his home in Lima, Peru.

Tessa Matson, a doctoral student at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has spent the past four years studying and researching screening and assessment tools for substance use disorders that are patient-centric, equitable, and recognize the complexity that comes with motivating people to change their behaviors. Her work has led to tools that her mentors say are hugely important for people with substance use disorders.
As champions for health equity and the health of all people, we at the University of Washington School of Public Health (UW SPH) urge the Supreme Court of the United States to uphold Roe v. Wade.
Growing up, the young Joyce (Evans) Tapley heard stories of family members and friends dying from diseases that were preventable. Her paternal grandparents died of tuberculosis when her father was a child. She witnessed her family, who is Black, routinely not receive the same level of treatment for illnesses that their white counterparts did when sharing similar symptoms to doctors. 

Seven interdisciplinary teams that include School of Public Health researchers were awarded Tier 1 and Tier 2 pilot grants from the UW Population Health Initiative in Winter Quarter. These grants are intended to encourage collaborations among investigators – and with community-based partners – for projects that address critical challenges to population health. 

This year’s annual Husky 100 awards have recognized 11 students within the School of Public Health for making the most of their time at the University of Washington. 

These students are studying for doctorates, master’s, or undergraduate degrees, including majors and minors within SPH fields. 

The UW School of Public Health and Dean Hilary Godwin are pleased to announce India J. Ornelas has been named the interim chair of the Department of Health Systems and Population Health (HSPop) .
Ahoua Koné, co-chair of the School of Public Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, has received the 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award.

When Dorothy Thomas couldn’t get into a Spanish course as an undergraduate, she opted to take French instead. She never expected that the language would become one of the many tools in her still-expanding toolkit that add up to a promising career in global health.

Gilbert S. Omenn Award for Academic Excellence

Inquisitive, thoughtful, dedicated, outstanding leader, exceptional and a rising star – these are just some of the many adjectives used to describe Elizabeth Irungu in the letters of recommendation that accompanied her nomination for the Gilbert S. Omenn Award for Academic Excellence in the UW School of Public Health. 

Gilbert S. Omenn Award for Academic Excellence

In three years at the University of Washington, Kush Doshi has become a sought-after speaker and adviser on racial and health equity – all while completing two degree programs and gaining valuable real-world experience in community health. 

The UW School of Public Health has announced that Deepa Rao, PhD, MA will serve as the interim senior associate dean, effective June 1, 2021 through the end of the 2021-22 academic year. This position replaces the position of vice dean for strategy, faculty and improvement that was previously held by Jared Baeten.