School of Public Health

Liam ONeill in China

Hospitals with mostly private rooms found to have lower infection risk

By Sally Crocker   Hospitals with mostly private patient rooms experience a lower risk for central-line patient infections, according to a study by a researcher at the UNTHSC School of Public Health. Liam O’Neill, Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy, and a student cohort studied 1.2 million patients treated in 292 Texas hospitals in... Read more »

Aug 16, 2016

Dennis Thombs

New Dean sees public health serving critical role

By Sally Crocker “Our graduates are doing incredible things to make the world a better, safer, healthier place,” said Dennis Thombs, PhD, newly named Dean of the UNTHSC School of Public Health. After serving for the last year as Interim Dean, Dr. Thombs was selected from among a pool of national candidates as the leader... Read more »

Aug 11, 2016

Dominique Pean and Family

Public health student, family call for change in mental health care

By Sally Crocker Ever since his older brother was shot in a hospital emergency room, Dominique Pean and his family have sought to dispel misconceptions about mental health and to highlight gaps in the health care system that fail patients and their families. Pean, a Master of Public Health student in UNTHSC’s School of Public... Read more »

Aug 4, 2016

Liam O’Neill

New study finds patient privacy risks in sharing research data

By Sally Crocker   In publishing new studies, health care researchers take care to remove identifiable patient information when sharing their data. But a UNT Health Science Center public health professor has found that despite such precautionary measures, often required by grant-funding organizations and research journals, online attackers can still identify individual patient health records... Read more »

Jun 14, 2016

SPH students poster winners

Two SPH students receive poster honors at international competition

Two UNTHSC public health students won Best Student Poster awards at the 2016 American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exhibition, recently held in Baltimore. The international conference is held annually for professionals in industrial hygiene and other occupational and environmental health and safety professions. The organization’s Biological Monitoring Committee recognized Vedant Gohil for his presentation on... Read more »

Jun 10, 2016

Michael McAfee

Helping children from cradle to career

By Alex Branch Children born into poverty need support systems that extend from the prenatal stage into young adulthood in order to live the most successful lives possible, Michael McAfee, EdD, MPA, said. But too often those support systems – including health programs – impact children during only certain developmental stages and then fade away,... Read more »

Jun 7, 2016

Erin Carlson in Uganda Lab

Cultural understanding impacts disease control and education

By Sally Crocker In a war-torn country where poverty, starvation, and limited access to health care offers bleak prospects, there is still a certain formality in the way life is lived and customs are observed. That was the experience of Erin Carlson, DrPH, Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health, during a recent trip... Read more »

May 31, 2016

cindy Brach

Unifying health literacy efforts across Texas

By Alex Branch A national health literacy expert who helps increase patients’ comprehension of complex health information will be the keynote speaker at the 4th annual Health Literacy Symposium on Friday at UNT Health Science Center. Cindy Brach, MPP, Senior Health Policy Researcher at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, helped create the Health... Read more »

May 18, 2016

Courtney Searles at WHO headquarters

Student’s inspiration leads to WHO internship

By Sally Crocker UNTHSC student Courtney Searles decided to study public health because of her dad. Her father, diagnosed with cancer at age 24, grew up close to a chemical plant, where environmental factors may have contributed to his illness. He lost his battle with the disease at 30, inspiring Searles to pursue a career... Read more »

Apr 27, 2016

Public health students begin new partnerships in Uganda

by Sally Crocker   Scientists have long recognized the connection between diseases in animals and diseases in people. Tuberculosis, brucellosis and African sleeping sickness, for example, are common infections passed from livestock to individuals in some Third World countries. So when Katherine Fogelberg, DVM, PhD, with the UNTHSC School of Public Health, announced a practice... Read more »

Mar 29, 2016