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Hilary Godwin, PhD, took the reins July 15 as the newest dean of the University of Washington School of Public Health.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nearly 3,500 people gathered at the Alaska Airlines Arena on Sunday, June 10, to celebrate the graduating class of the University of Washington School of Public Health. Speaker Benjamin Danielson, a distinguished pediatrician and social justice activist, praised the public health perspective as a superpower and called graduates “equity’s greatest hope.”
Higher concentrations of carbon dioxide are associated with reductions in protein and multiple key nutrients in rice, according to a new field study by an international team that included scientists from the University of Washington School of Public Health.
Kenneth Rice, an associate professor of biostatistics at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has been named a fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), the nation’s pre-eminent professional statistical society.
Dr. Benjamin Danielson delivered a speech about the importance of a public health perspective to graduates of the UW School of Public Health on June 10, 2018.
An SPH study found that 63 percent of firearm-owning households in Washington state do not store their firearms locked and unloaded. The research received widespread local media coverage and was highlighted by Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan in a legislative proposal to the Seattle City Council to require safe storage of guns.
The UW broke ground this spring on a new population health facility that will house much of the School of Public Health, including the Department of Global Health.
Associate Professor Ali Rowhani-Rahbar (PhD, Epidemiology ’09) was selected for the Bartley Dobb Professorship for the Study and Prevention of Violence, effective July 1. The endowment funds an appointed UW faculty member for five years to study the prevention of violence through resolution of conflict.
In founding our School of Public Health in 1970, Emeritus Dean Dr. J. Thomas Grayston laid the foundation for more than 40 years of leadership, building a towering legacy in public health education and research.
Kung-Yee Liang (PhD, Biostatistics ’82) is the new president of Taiwan’s National Health Research Institutes (a blend of the CDC and NIH). One of the world’s preeminent biostatisticians, he pioneered statistical methods that have yielded new insights into disease risk factors and genetic epidemiology. He also led the country’s first medical university.
Hilary Godwin, PhD, has been named the next dean of the University of Washington School of Public Health, effective July 15. She will succeed Joel Kaufman, who has served as interim dean since September 2016. Godwin is professor of environmental health sciences and associate dean for academic programs at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.
The Grayston-Day awards seek to increase the number of health professionals from diverse communities by funding the education of underrepresented students in the public health field.
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When Gabriel Cortez was planning for graduate school, he considered attending the University of Washington School of Public Health, but the expense loomed like a mountain to climb. The School was far from his small hometown of Aztec, New Mexico, and Seattle was a pricey place to live.
Victoria Gardner, EdD, MEd, was hired as the School’s inaugural Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). Gardner, who will also use the title of Chief Diversity Officer, comes to SPH with nearly three decades of experience at the UW School of Medicine, where she served as director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
Interim Dean Joel Kaufman appointed Janet Baseman (PhD, Epidemiology ’05) as acting associate dean for public health practice.