School of Public Health

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

UNTHSC Campus Aerial

SPH reaccredited by Council on Education for Public Health

UNT Health Science Center’s School of Public Health has received reaccreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). CEPH assures quality in public health education and training, and accreditation helps demonstrate that a school is committed to leading and fostering innovation and continuous quality improvement in its education programs. CEPH is an independent... Read more »

Nov 19, 2015

Kwynn Gonzalez Pons

Student’s invention targets international sex trafficking

By Sally Crocker A UNTHSC public health student wants to stop international sex trafficking with a simple piece of jewelry. The “Safe Move” bracelet, designed by MPH graduate student Kwynn Gonzalez-Pons, has the potential to save countless lives around the world by helping law enforcement agencies locate missing children and adults. Equipped with a global... Read more »

Oct 30, 2015

In the Ebola hot zone

For years, Patrick Moonan has pursued tuberculosis outbreaks across the world, from urban neighborhoods in the United States to remote villages in southern Africa. In September 2014, the senior epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took on a new adversary — the Ebola virus. Though he had never worked in Ebola hot... Read more »

Sep 22, 2015

Research project targets interpersonal violence

A UNT Health Science Center project aimed at addressing interpersonal violence has been awarded $2.2 million in funding over the next three years by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. The project – called TESSA (Technology Enhanced Screening and Supportive Assistance) – is being led by Emily Spence-Almaguer, MSW,... Read more »

Sep 21, 2015