School of Public Health

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

A better tool to fight substance abuse

By Sally Crocker   A new article in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment suggests that a computer program called MAPIT, developed by a UNT Health Science Center researcher, is more effective than standard justice system remedies in prompting substance-using probationers and parolees to start their treatment plans. “Health and justice systems are overburdened in... Read more »

Aug 3, 2017

A new look at triple-negative breast cancer

By Jan Jarvis   Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is often aggressive, hard to treat and disproportionately affects carriers of the BRCA1 gene mutation and younger women of African origin. Researchers at UNT Health Science Center have received a $1.9 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to help develop a new therapy that holds promise... Read more »

Jul 19, 2017

Recognizing the value of a welcoming environment

By Sally Crocker   Alita Andrews, a 2016 School of Public Health MPH graduate, is a Health Advocate for the UNT Health Science Center TESSA program that serves Tarrant County victims of interpersonal violence. In the beginning, she met clients in a traditional office setting, with a desk facing the door and two chairs in... Read more »

Jul 12, 2017

New CDC article weighs importance of BMI in African American women’s health

By: Sally Crocker A new CDC journal article questions the common use of BMI, or Body Mass Index, as a measurement of health for African American women, suggesting instead a more holistic, multifaceted approach to preventing chronic disease and motivating healthy behaviors. African American women have a higher prevalence (82 percent) of being overweight and... Read more »

Jul 5, 2017

Graduating students earn honors

Congratulations to our many graduating students who earned honors from their schools! Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Dean’s Award for Scholarly Achievement in Research—Jaclyn Bermudez Dean’s Award for Scholarship Achievement in Academics—Brent Shell Graduate Student Association Award, Outstanding Member—Frank Wendt Graduate Student Association Scholarship—Chaitanya Joshi, Nicole Novroski, Justin Sprick, Santosh Thapa, Frank Wendt and Rachel... Read more »

Jun 13, 2017

Get out of your head and into your heart

By: Sally Crocker   Dr. Christine A. Moranetz, in presenting her Last Lecture to School of Public Health students, offered this bit of advice: Get out of your head and into your heart. Quoting Helen Keller, Dr. Moranetz said, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched –... Read more »

Jun 2, 2017

Improving patient outcomes through health literacy

By: Sally Crocker   The prescription bottle said, “Take one tablet as needed,” so the patient did – repeatedly – going far beyond the recommended daily dosage. A health information pamphlet for teens titled “Adolescent Transitional Care Policy” became much clearer when given the new headline, “You’re Becoming an Adult!” In another example, plain language,... Read more »

May 30, 2017