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A new course from the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington Schools of Public Health and Medicine will explore the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Course topics range from coronavirus testing and COVID-19 vaccine development to the pandemic’s social and economic implications. 

A University of Washington School of Public Health researcher is leading the world’s first human clinical trial of a potential vaccine for the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Hilary Godwin, dean of the University of Washington School of Public Health, told the Association of Washington Business that social distancing measures will help slow the spread of COVID-19. But success means that critical cases and fatalities will spread out over time and “this will be a long haul,” she warned.

The Public Health Undergraduate Student Assistance Fund supports the School’s commitment to developing a more diverse student body and workforce with the skills needed to equitably serve communities in our region and beyond. These students will each receive $1,000 awards.

Meet winners of the fund for the 2019-20 year:

Jodie Katon, a research assistant professor of health services at the University of Washington School of Public Health, is a new editorial board member of Women’s Health Issues, the official journal of the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health, based at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University.

Women who experience high employment precarity prior to or during pregnancy have a 48% higher risk of delivering low-birth-weight infants than women with low employment precarity, indicates a study led by researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health.

Point-of-care HIV viral load testing combined with task shifting can improve viral suppression and retention in care by up to 14% and enable rapid care decisions, suggest results of a clinical trial led by the University of Washington and the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA).

Claire Rothschild, a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has received a two-year, more than $89,000 predoctoral research award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The award will support her dissertation research using text messaging data to improve family planning programs and policies in Kenya.

The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) – a 20-year study of the characteristics, predictors and progression of subclinical cardiovascular disease and other risk markers – has been renewed for another five years with nearly $15.6 million in funding from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

The University of Washington is being recognized for its rich, collaborative ecosystem and wide-ranging community engagement efforts – elements that are at the heart of what we do in public health.

More adult smokers in the United States are quitting smoking than ever before but only a fraction are using evidence-based approaches to do so and certain populations are struggling more than others, according to a new report from the U.S. Surgeon General that reviews and updates evidence on the importance of quitting smoking.

The UW School of Public Health remains committed to building a more diverse and welcoming institution. To that end, six master’s fellowships were awarded this academic year by the Office of the Dean to promising scholars from diverse backgrounds. Each of these outstanding students receives $20,000 over two years.

A new intervention developed by University of Washington researchers may help break the cycle of opioid use disorder among people transitioning from jail or prison back into the community, according to a new study. In the United States, opioid use disorder goes largely untreated during periods of incarceration, and opioid use often resumes after release.

Communities across the United States can – and want – to take action now to reduce the impact of climate change on health, but they need clearer, more flexible guidance and better resources at the state and local levels, according to a new study from the University of Washington School of Public Health.

Hayley Ho, a senior in the Health Informatics and Health Information Management (HIHIM) program at the University of Washington School of Public Health, was selected to receive a $1,500 Merit Scholarship from the AHIMA Foundation.

Suzanne Wood, an assistant professor of health services at the University of Washington School of Public Health, recently received a two-year, more than $750,000 grant from the United States Department of Defense to evaluate the delivery of health care for service members and Veterans with spinal cord injuries, and offer recommendations for improvement.

“Our results will enable federal health systems and their stakeholders to examine and improve upon the services delivery model to achieve meaningful organizational change,” Wood said.

Marie-Claire Gwayi-Chore has spent the better part of a decade traveling the globe – examining what public health interventions work, for whom and under what circumstances, and how they can be adapted and scaled up in ways that are accessible and equitable.

It’s no surprise that she's taking the same approach to create a healthy, safe and supportive learning environment for University of Washington School of Public Health students, particularly students of color.

Any level of physical activity reduces the relative risk of some cancers by up to 20 percent, according to an interdisciplinary group of experts from the United States and Canada, confirming 2018 guidelines.

As a college student, Carey Farquhar fell in love with Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), where she volunteered to help build a school one summer. More than 30 years later, she’ll get the chance to return to one of her favorite African countries – this time as a consultant for the World Health Organization.

Farquhar’s six-month consulting assignment begins Jan. 1. She’ll be based in Geneva, where the WHO is headquartered, but she plans to travel regularly throughout western and central Africa, including visiting WHO offices in Burkina Faso and possibly Senegal.