SPH Stories

Featured stories about SPH people, research and impact.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Drinking fountains. Broken glass. Asbestos in the ceiling. A basketball court. These were some of the things a group of high school students noticed as they conducted a public health "scavenger hunt" around their school. Some things were good for their health. Others were not.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Research is underway to improve mental health care in Uganda, thanks to an endowed fellowship created by Andy Stergachis and his wife, JoAnn. Stergachis, now director of the Global Medicines program at the School of Public Health, spent two months in Uganda in 2006 during the country's response to the HIV/AIDS crisis.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Under the Thomas Francis Jr. Global Health Fellowship program, School of Public Health and other UW health sciences students are working across the globe to improve people's lives.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Can you patent a gene? Should genetically engineered fish be considered food or animal? What does it all mean to indigenous peoples and everyone else? Rebecca Tsosie posed these provocative questions and others as she explored the legal and ethical implications of treating the genome as a "commons" in which scientists freely explore on their quest for new discoveries.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Cynthia (Cynnie) Curl can't forget the quote. She said it 10 years ago, when she was interviewed by the New York Times after publishing a landmark study on pesticides and diet.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

MPH and MD student Sheridan Reiger was honored Jan. 17 as the School of Public Health's recipient of an annual Community Volunteer Recognition Award. Reiger formed a non-government organization called Salud Juntos (Health Together) that has worked to improve health in Honduras.

Reiger, an MPH student in epidemiology, was one of seven individuals (plus one group) recognized as part of Health Science's 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


What are the odds? A University of Washington statistician has made Forbes' list of top young researchers transforming science and health – for the second year in a row.

Friday, December 14, 2012

The Thomas Francis Jr. Global Health Fellows work across the globe, adding value to public health efforts and learning what it takes to succeed. Here's a look at some of the recent Fellows and the impact they've had.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A commitment of $100,000 from former Dean Gil Omenn and his wife Martha Darling will kick-start an Institute for Public Health Genetics research project fund, Dean Howard Frumkin has announced.

Professor Karen Edwards has led the effort with IPHG faculty in creating two pilot projects that will focus broadly on interactions between genetic and environmental factors. At the same time they will address the ethical, legal, and social issues involved in translating research findings into actionable steps.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

San Francisco, Nov. 1, 2012 -- The American Public Health Association, at its annual meeting in San Francisco this week, voted to adopt a comprehensive approach to protecting coastal water quality by modernizing the nation's Clean Water Act, which is 40 years old this year. The resolution was written by six University of Washington public health graduate students.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Three faculty members from the University of Washington School of Public Health were elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.

The inductees are among 70 new members and 10 foreign associates announced Monday, Oct. 15, during the IOM's 42nd annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The distinction recognizes outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

The School of Public Health inductees are:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

How does Twitter affect obesity? How can we engage diverse groups on the issue of climate change and health? How can we improve malaria treatment in Mozambique, where the disease kills half the children under five years old? These are some of the research studies funded by five innovative pilot grants just awarded by the University of Washington School of Public Health.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

New designs could avoid future injury for children as well as adults

Flip over your keyboard and you'll see a warning: "Some experts believe that the use of any keyboard may cause serious injury to hands, wrists, arms, neck and back."

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Timor-Leste, one of the world's newest and poorest countries, has one of the world's highest rates of maternal death, and many infants die within a month of birth. To improve the odds for mothers and their newborns, Health Alliance International (HAI), a non-profit affiliated with the School of Public Health, has launched a first-ever mobile phone project there to send important health messages by text to expectant mothers.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

A select group of undergraduates will have an advantage when applying for graduate schools, thanks to a School of Public Health summer program that gives them a chance to work in cutting-edge laboratories.

"We don't have labs like this in our home school, so experience like this is really helpful," said Lilian Turcios, a senior at Texas Southern University who spent nine weeks in Professor Michael Yost's lab in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Thirty high school students from the Yakima Valley learned that public health covers just about everything – from clean water to injury prevention to immunizations – on their recent visit to the School of Public Health. The students, who are considering careers in health care, also learned that public health is affected by a wide range of factors, from level of education to the gap between rich and poor. The hope is that they will go into healthcare careers and take their knowledge back to their communities.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

For the first time, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug that helps prevent someone from acquiring HIV. It's called Truvada, and has been in use since 2004 to treat infected people. Now it has been shown to protect healthy people who are exposed to HIV. The UW's International Clinical Research Center, within the Department of Global Health, played a key role in examining the drug's effectiveness for HIV prevention.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld virtually all of the federal Affordable Care Act – a decision that affects millions of people and clears the way for the greatest overhaul of the health-care system in half a century. What does the ruling mean? Experts from the UW School of Public Health offered reaction, commentary and analysis to local media.

Monday, June 18, 2012

In the late 1970s, Mary Porter ('79) and her classmates studied nutrition as undergraduates at the University of Washington. They went on to work for hospitals and school districts or to run their own restaurants – ensuring patients, children and customers ate healthy foods. A few years later, the UW, citing costs, eliminated the undergraduate nutrition program.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Every day, nearly 4,000 children under 18 try their first cigarette, according to federal estimates. That adds up to more than 1 million new smokers every year.