SPH Stories

Featured stories about SPH people, research and impact.

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.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

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.”

(See photos from the biggest School-wide event of the year.)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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.

Monday, June 11, 2018

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.

Monday, June 4, 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.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

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.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

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.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

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.

Thursday, May 31, 2018
Hilary Godwin

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.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

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.


Ali N’Simbo

Community-Oriented Public Health Practice
Hometown: Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo