SPH Stories

Featured stories about SPH people, research and impact.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Improved treatment has nearly tripled viral suppression rates among people living with HIV in the United States over the past two decades, but disparities still exist for younger and African-American patients, according to a new study from the University of Washington.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

A research team at the University of Washington School of Public Health will receive a $5 million funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study strategies to prevent unsafe opioid prescribing in workers’ compensation programs in two states.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Two University of Washington deans and a prominent UW researcher are urging the US Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw a proposed rule that would limit scientific research the agency could use when evaluating threats to public health and the environment.

Friday, August 17, 2018

The Healthy Brain Research Network (HBRN) within the Health Promotion Research Center in the University of Washington School of Public Health has won a 2018 APEX Grand Award for Publication Excellence.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Data on the health effects of low-calorie sweetened beverages is lacking, and experts say we should probably cut back.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

A project by the University of Washington, in partnership with the Ministry of Health in Mozambique, has received a five-year, $2.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development  to jump-start stalled declines in child mortality by improving interventions delivered at or near the time of birth.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Daniela Witten, a professor of biostatistics at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has been named a 2018 Simons Investigator in Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems by the New York-based Simons Foundation.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Four students from the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Washington School of Public Health took home top honors last month at the 2018 student paper competition hosted by the Western North American Region (WNAR) of the International Biometric Society.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

new study led by a University of Washington health promotion researcher shows that an intervention in public housing communities has the potential to reduce obesity among residents.

Monday, July 30, 2018

The University of Washington will offer a new major this year to undergraduate students interested in the connections between food systems, nutrition and health.

A Bachelor of Arts in Food Systems, Nutrition and Health (FSNH) was approved in July by UW President Ana Mari Cauce and by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Student applications will be accepted in the fall of 2018 for enrollment in winter quarter 2019.

Monday, July 23, 2018

The University of Washington School of Public Health’s popular public health major has been renamed the “Public Health—Global Health Major” to better reflect its domestic and global competencies. The change, approved recently by UW President Ana Mari Cauce, takes effect immediately.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Public transit systems are lifelines that connect people to jobs, education and opportunity. And students at the University of Washington School of Public Health are working to give Seattle residents a bit more slack.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Scholars from the UW School of Public Health were among 20 experts invited by The Lancet to Beirut, Lebanon, last month to discuss ways to advance the academic field of “war and health.”

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Eleven core faculty members in the University of Washington School of Public Health were promoted, effective July 1, 2018. 


Robyn McClelland, Biostatistics - Research Professor

Ken Rice, Biostatistics - Professor

Daniela Witten, Biostatistics (joint Statistics) - Professor

Jennifer Otten, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences - Associate Professor

Peter Rabinowitz, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences - Professor

Monday, July 16, 2018

Hilary Godwin, PhD, took the reins July 15 as the newest dean of the University of Washington School of Public Health.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Scientists from the University of Washington School of Public Health have identified genetic factors that may increase a woman’s risk for placental abruption, a leading cause of maternal and neonatal death worldwide.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Complex issues like climate change and a continually transforming health system are challenging health professionals to work in new ways to promote community health and well-being.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Peggy Hannon, director of the Health Promotion Research Center at the University of Washington School of Public Health, was recently awarded a five-year, $3.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to expand a workplace wellness program for smaller employers nationwide.

The grant will extend the reach of the center’s Connect to Wellness program (formerly known as HealthLinks), which helps small businesses in Washington state create healthier workplaces through evidence-based interventions.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Eating salmon may be good for you, but catching them for a living could be hazardous to your health.

A study from the University of Washington School of Public Health finds that commercial salmon fishermen in Alaska suffer from hearing loss at more than five times the national rate, while facing higher rates of other health problems.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

A central goal of the United Nations’ Paris climate agreement is to keep global temperature rise this century to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and to pursue efforts to limit the increase to only 1.5 degrees.