School of Public Health

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


Public health champion prepares for TPHA presidency

By Sally Crocker When Melissa Oden, DHEd, takes over as Texas Public Health Association (TPHA) President in April, she will celebrate a relationship that has lasted more than a dozen years and has impacted both her own career and the futures of many UNT Health Science Center students. “I can’t say enough good things about... Read more »

Mar 1, 2016

Joon Lee

Zika virus would require different approach than West Nile

If the mosquito-borne Zika virus were to establish itself in North Texas, the mosquitoes capable of spreading the topical disease would pose challenges to current surveillance methods, a UNT Health Science Center epidemiologist said. The virus, which may cause birth defects in babies, is spreading across parts of Latin America and the Caribbean. About 20... Read more »

Jan 27, 2016

Terrence and Ramona Gratton

New endowment helps further public health

By Sally Crocker Professor Emeritus Terry Gratton, DrPH, remembers his years of teaching at UNT Health Science Center’s School of Public Health (SPH) as one of the most rewarding times of his career. As a result, he and his wife of 42 years have established the Terrence and Ramona Gratton Endowed Scholarship to help doctoral... Read more »

Jan 19, 2016

Raheem Paxton and Tomi Huff

Cancer survivor credits recovery to research study

By Sally Crocker When Tomi Huff was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 54, she feared she was going to die. No matter what the doctors said, she felt like her life was already over. Fast forward six years and three rounds of chemotherapy later, and Tomi is cancer free with a renewed focus on keeping... Read more »

Dec 14, 2015

Dennis Thombs

A career path focused on reducing alcohol- and drug-related harms

By Sally Crocker The year was 1986 when the country was stunned by the news that first-team All-American college basketball player Len Bias had died of a cocaine/alcohol overdose on the University of Maryland campus. The young athlete – described by some sportswriters as one of the greatest college players ever – had just been... Read more »

Dec 7, 2015