SPH Stories

Featured stories about SPH people, research and impact.

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).

Thursday, February 8, 2018

An expert committee, led by David Eaton of the University of Washington School of Public Health, has found that using electronic cigarettes may lead youth to start smoking regular cigarettes, but is helpful for adult smokers trying to kick their habit.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Over the last few years, more than 4,700 mobile food vendors have rolled into cities and suburbs across the country. They’re serving up everything from fresh fish tacos and pulled pork sandwiches to Korean BBQ, gluten free quinoa bowls and the always-popular fish and chips.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A group of scientists, including several from the University of Washington School of Public Health, has found that certain types of vaginal bacterial are associated with an increased risk of HIV infection among women.

Scott McClelland, a professor of epidemiology and global health at the UW School of Public Health, is lead author of the new study, which investigates absolute concentrations of bacteria for more defined HIV risk analysis. Findings were published Jan. 25 in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

Friday, February 2, 2018

At 14 years old, Erica Lokken spent hours on weekends in a warehouse in Houston’s south side sifting through bags and boxes of donated medical supplies. She counted unused urine cups and bandages, tinkered with prosthetic legs and sorted syringes.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Interim Dean Joel Kaufman has named Stephen Hawes, PhD, MS, the new Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, effective Feb. 16.

Hawes is an expert on human papillomavirus (HPV), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemiology and cervical cancer epidemiology, and has been a faculty member since 2002.

Friday, January 26, 2018

The University of Washington Schools of Public Health and of Nursing have formalized an alliance with Public Health – Seattle & King County that seeks to encourage collaboration and resource sharing through a new academic health department.

The three-year partnership will provide a foundation for increased training and other opportunities for students, faculty, researchers and staff of the participating organizations.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Parveen Bhatti and Amanda Phipps, from the University of Washington School of Public Health, have received $250,000 from the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF) to support investigative and educational efforts focused on the health effects of atomic bomb radiation.

The RERF is a binational scientific organization run by the United States and Japan. The grant will re-establish an old partnership between the RERF and the School’s Department of Epidemiology, aimed at improving the quantity and quality of U.S. research scientists with expertise in radiation epidemiology.

Monday, January 22, 2018

new report authored by a national committee of experts, including members from the University of Washington School of Public Health, says the United States needs a robust surveillance system to better understand the impact of working conditions on the health of working Americans.