SPH Stories

Featured stories about SPH people, research and impact.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The world faces food problems on multiple fronts: Obesity is skyrocketing in some countries, yet millions of people don’t get the nutrients they need. Climate change and conflict, meanwhile, are compounding our ability to feed the world’s growing population.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Greetings to the SPH Community,

Welcome to 2018-2019 school year!  I have been here about 6 months, and want to thank the entire SPH community for welcoming me and for keeping the doors open for the work we need to do.  Here are a few things we’ve been up to in the equity, diversity and inclusion arena.


Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Hilary Godwin photo

We invited students to pose questions to Hilary Godwin, who joined the SPH as our new dean in July. Here is a sampling of their queries, and Dean Godwin’s answers.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Amy Hagopian of the University of Washington School of Public Health will receive the Victor Sidel and Barry Levy Award for Peace from the American Public Health Association (APHA) at the APHA Annual Meeting & Expo in San Diego on Nov. 13.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health watched 225 Seattle residents during their visits to public parks – through GPS devices, activity trackers and travel diaries – and found that they were active for longer at parks that had a greater variety of recreational facilities.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Researchers have newly identified more than 500 genetic regions that influence people’s blood pressure in the largest global genetic study of blood pressure to date.

Friday, September 21, 2018

County Board of Health Declares Homelessness a ‘Public Health Crisis’

Providing emergency shelter to the region’s homeless before bad weather hits could save lives and protect the health of the community, University of Washington School of Public Health Dean Hilary Godwin told the King County Board of Health on Thursday.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Large parts of the world could experience dramatic increases in heat-related deaths under scenarios of greater climate change, according to a new paper published September 13 in the journal Climate Change. Researchers argue that the world needs to keep global temperatures in check by meeting the goals set out in the Paris Agreement.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Brandon Guthrie and Keshet Ronen from the University of Washington School of Public Health were awarded a three-year, nearly $680,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a mobile health tool to support youth transitioning from pediatric to adult HIV care in Kenya.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Scientists have worked for nearly 80 years to produce a safe, effective vaccine for dengue, a flu-like illness that affects about 400 million people a year. The challenge is creating a vaccine that provides immunity against all four of the virus’s major strains to protect people from severe dengue.

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.