School of Public Health

Walters FC 1
A better tool to fight substance abuseBy 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

BREAST CANCER FC
A new look at triple-negative breast cancerBy 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

TESSA FC
Recognizing the value of a welcoming environmentBy 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 front. Read More »

Jul 12, 2017

DODGEN AH Group FC
New CDC article weighs importance of BMI in African American women’s healthBy: 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

Grad FC
Graduating students earn honorsCongratulations 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

Lastlecture FC
Get out of your head and into your heartBy: 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

Prof FC
Improving patient outcomes through health literacyBy: 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

TPHA FC
PhD student wins second TPHA oral presentation awardBy: Sally Crocker UNTHSC School of Public Health student Shlesma Chhetri is no newcomer to making award-winning oral presentations, and this year she won her second Texas Public Health Association (TPHA) honor. Chhetri recently came in first at the TPHA Annual Education Conference’s student oral presentation competition for her talk on “Getting on the same Read More »

May 23, 2017

Case FC
Mission Possible: MHA students win ‘Transforming Galveston’ Case CompetitionBy: Sally Crocker   The mission was to “Transform Galveston” with strategies for improving chronic disease prevention and care among Galveston County Medicaid patients. Accepting the challenge was a team of three MHA students from the UNTHSC School of Public Health: Amruta Sakhalkar, Ela Vashishtha and Sayali Ethape. At the recent George McMillan Fleming Center Read More »

May 5, 2017

Marisa Tan and David Preston, third year DO/MPH students
A student-led effort to help the underserved in TexasBy Jan Jarvis Every year the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research recognizes students who have a desire to integrate public health into their future clinical practices by naming them Paul Ambrose Scholars. David Preston and Marisa Tan, third year DO/MPH students from UNT Health Science Center, certainly fit the bill. From the start, each Read More »

May 2, 2017