SPH Stories

Featured stories about SPH people, research and impact.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Amanda Fretts, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has received a $2.4 million grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to test a program to improve the dietary habits of American Indians with type 2 diabetes.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The World Health Organization has set ambitious goals for reducing the global burden of malaria. However, there is no easy path to achieving a malaria-free world and there is a real need for innovation.

University of Washington researchers took part in a collaboration that recently set forth a new research agenda to accelerate malaria elimination and, in the long term, global eradication.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Juvenile chinook salmon migrating through contaminated estuaries in Puget Sound pick up drugs that may affect their survival and growth when it matters most.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Edmund Seto, of the University of Washington School of Public Health, has received a $100,000 grant to further study air quality near one of the busiest land border crossings in the world – the San Ysidro Port of Entry between San Diego and Tijuana.

The project will expand a community air study currently underway in the area to include additional air quality monitoring at sites in Tijuana, Mexico. The North American Development Bank, a binational bank governed equally by the United States and Mexico, awarded the grant.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

American life expectancy declined for a second year in a row, to 78.6 years in 2016, but scientists say this figure is grimmer for people who served in the military.

New research suggests that veterans born in 1958 or later, who sustained service-related illnesses or injuries, are dying at the average age of 43 from causes mostly due to suicide, assault or accidents. The findings did not include fatalities in the field of combat.

Monday, April 2, 2018

An international group of researchers, including scientists at the University of Washington School of Public Health, studied more than 520,000 people from around the world and identified 22 new genetic risk factors for stroke.

The landmark study, published online March 12 in Nature Genetics, triples the number of gene regions known to affect stroke risk.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Dr. Ben Danielson, a distinguished pediatrician who heads the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic in Seattle’s Central District, will speak at the UW School of Public Health’s graduation celebration on June 10.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Oral cholera vaccine provides significantly less protection for children under 5 compared to older children and adults, according to a re-analysis of data from a vaccine trial in India. Findings published in BMC Infectious Diseases suggest re-vaccination is key when children are older.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Lander Hall chef’s table is abuzz on Thursday afternoons, as a University of Washington course brings students out of the lecture hall and into the kitchen to learn about food science and nutrition.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Department of Biostatistics at the University of Washington School of Public Health maintained its top national ranking among biostatistics programs.

The department was tied for first with Harvard and Johns Hopkins universities in the latest rankings released March 20, 2018, by US News & World Report. The three departments tied for best biostatistics program under the category of Best Graduate Statistics Programs.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

People who live in disadvantaged areas are at greater risk for depression, according to a study led by researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health.

“Depression is one of the biggest health problems, both globally and in the United States,” said lead author Hannah Cohen-Cline, who conducted the research as a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health.

Monday, March 12, 2018


At 14, Gabino Abarca started picking fruit with his parents in eastern Washington. These days, he returns to the orchards as a University of Washington student – conducting research that aims to improve the health of thousands of agricultural workers.

Monday, March 5, 2018

A new service-learning exchange program co-led by Joseph Zunt, professor of global health at the University of Washington Schools of Public Health and Medicine, has won a $25,000 grant from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund.

The program, called InterACTION Labs, builds on an existing collaborative relationship with Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. It will allow students and faculty to assess health disparities affecting the informal floating community of Claverito in Iquitos, Peru.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Adam Szpiro, associate professor of biostatistics at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has received a $110,176 grant from the Environmental Defense Fund, Inc. to produce fine-scale maps at an hourly time scale of ambient black carbon levels across West Oakland, California.

Black carbon is the sooty black material emitted from gas and diesel engines, coal-fired power plants, and other sources that burn fossil fuel. It comprises a significant portion of particulate matter, or PM, an air pollutant known to be unhealthy to humans.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Maria Victoria Arceo Dequina Gardner, EdD, MEd, is an anti-racist educator and community organizer with 27 years plus experience in higher education from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Dr.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa rapidly became the deadliest occurrence of the disease — claiming 4,809 lives in Liberia alone. Now new research from the University of Washington suggests Ebola's collateral effects on that nation's health system likely caused more deaths than Ebola did directly.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Victoria Gardner, EdD, MEd, has been named the UW School of Public Health’s inaugural Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and will serve as the School’s Chief Diversity Officer. She began March 1.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Six students from the UW School of Public Health placed among the top teams in the Global Health Business Case Competition last month, where they pitched a tool to help get life-saving vaccines to children in hard-to-reach communities.

Friday, February 16, 2018

The public health community is mourning the loss of Victor Sidel, former president of the American Public Health Association and a founding member of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Dr. Sidel taught social medicine and inspired students to see health problems in a socioeconomic context. Stephen Bezruchka, senior lecturer of health services and global health, was one of the many public health scientists inspired by his former mentor.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

On the island of Lihir in Papua New Guinea, researchers made a massive effort to wipe out an infectious disease called yaws. They used a single round of antibiotic treatment followed by targeted treatment programs – a strategy recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).