School of Public Health

A link between legalized marijuana and reduced opioid deaths

By Sally Crocker Opioid-related deaths decreased following the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado, according to a study led by a public health researcher from UNT Health Science Center. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, showed a 6 percent reduction in opioid-related deaths in the two years after Colorado’s marijuana legalization,... Read more »

Oct 17, 2017

IPE event studies lessons of Gotham

By Sally Crocker Incoming School of Public Health graduate students learned how one of the country’s most important and controversial public health campaigns produced ground-breaking results in New York City. The Interprofessional Education and Practice (IPE) exercise studied lessons from Saving Gotham: A Billionaire Mayor, Activist Doctors, and the Fight for Eight Million Lives, the bestselling... Read more »

Oct 12, 2017

Extraordinary Teamwork leads TCOM student to new TB discoveries

By Sally Crocker   A collaborative effort between UNTHSC, the CDC and Tarrant County Public Health helped establish more effective information-gathering methods in TB prevention efforts and provided some high-level recognition for fourth-year TCOM student Patrick Crowley. Crowley has been published in the Texas Journal of Public Health for his work with Dr. Thad Miller,... Read more »

Oct 6, 2017

UNTHSC student honored by American Public Health Association

By Sally Crocker   Perhaps the main reason that UNT Health Science Center student Shivani Goswami was selected as this year’s Barbara Starfield Medical Scholar by the American Public Health Association (APHA) is because of her desire to build a better health care system. As a future health care leader selected for this prestigious national... Read more »

Sep 26, 2017

Editorial questions measurement frequently used in population health studies

By Sally Crocker In a new American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) editorial, a UNT Health Science Center professor challenges a conventional research formula for measuring the health of populations, calling the method age discriminatory. M. Harvey Brenner, PhD, Professor of Health Behavior and Health Systems at the UNT Health Science Center School of Public... Read more »

Sep 22, 2017

A passion for public health

By Sally Crocker The School of Public Health was in its infancy when Lilly Ramphal-Naley, MD, MPH, joined as adjunct faculty in 2000. The school had been officially founded just one year before at UNT Health Science Center. Accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health was still a year away. But since those... Read more »

Sep 14, 2017

Better outcomes for underserved patients

By Sally Crocker   A team of graduates from UNT Health Science Center’s School of Public Health (SPH) is working toward improved patient outcomes in treatment and prevention of cancer, diabetes, maternal/child health and infectious diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis C. Rohit Ojha, DrPH (SPH ’10), was recruited last year to establish and lead... Read more »

Sep 12, 2017

Hurricane Harvey increases public health threat from mosquitoes

By Alex Branch   Floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey are expected to remain in southeast Texas for some time. Among the public health concerns is how stagnant water could impact the mosquito population and potential transmission of associated diseases. UNT Health Science Center’s medical entomologist Joon Lee, PhD, Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the... Read more »

Aug 31, 2017

Vets and pets play key role during disaster response

By Alex Branch   Among the many lessons from Hurricane Katrina was that the bond between humans and animals cannot be ignored during disaster response. With no plan by emergency responders to account for household pets during rescues 12 years ago, many families refused to board helicopters, boats or buses without their beloved household pets.... Read more »

Aug 29, 2017

Professor named Public Health Veterinarian of the Year

By Sally Crocker   For years, UNT Health Science Center’s Katherine Fogelberg, DVM, PhD, has donated her spare time to treating animals and finding homes for rescued pets. An Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health, Dr. Fogelberg has worked with zoo and wildlife animals as far away as South Africa, and has helped... Read more »

Aug 11, 2017