School of Public Health

Kshitiz Rakesh
SPH training leads Biostatistics graduate to Harvard

By Sally Crocker When Kshitiz Rakesh (MPH ’15 Biostatistics) transferred to the UNTHSC School of Public Health (SPH), he was seeking a program that would challenge him beyond the coursework, involve him in real-world health problems and solutions, and push him to advanced levels of statistical programming and data analysis. What he found was a Read More »

Nov 21, 2016

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Online degree works for Amarillo public health director

By Sally Crocker Caring for 250,000 people in addition to your own family can be a challenging job. So when Casie Stoughton, RN, MPH, decided to pursue a public health graduate degree, she knew the best option would be through online study (SPH Master of Public Health Professional Option). At the time, Stoughton was serving Read More »

Nov 7, 2016

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‘World War Z’ awareness fair to focus on zoonotic diseases

By Sally Crocker Scientists have long recognized the connection of diseases spread between animals and people, through viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi. This is so common, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that an estimated 6 out of every 10 infectious diseases in humans are spread from animals. On Nov. 9, Read More »

Nov 1, 2016

Public Health alum ‘making a difference in the world’

By Alex Branch   Michael Foster, MPH, (School of Public Health ’07) is an experienced public health scientist who spends half of each year overseas battling disease and health disparities. That has led to some rough moments in the field. During his first trip to Nigeria, he dodged gunfire, was robbed three times and fell Read More »

Oct 21, 2016

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New students consider public health myths, perceptions

By Sally Crocker   Incoming School of Public Health graduate students were confronted recently by their perceptions of different public health concentrations and the overall field. Prior to attending the interprofessional education event, the 47 new students were asked to complete a survey of their own backgrounds, academic concentrations, how they would rank statements about Read More »

Oct 17, 2016

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