School of Public Health

Health Innovations Contest 2016

As part of National Public Health Week 2016, SPH students were invited to present their ideas for improving the world in this year’s Health Innovations Contest. The national theme for this year’s celebration was “Healthiest Nation 2030,” sponsored by the American Public Health Association, with a focus on building a nation of safe, healthy communities;…

SPH End of Year Awards

National Public Health Week 2016 concluded with the UNTHSC School of Public Health (SPH) annual awards ceremony, held at Marquis on Magnolia in Fort Worth, where student, faculty, staff and community special honors were presented. Kwynn Gonzalez-Pons, MPH, Community Health, was presented with the Richard S. Kurz Award, given to an outstanding public health graduate exemplifying…

Sharing the passion: SPH program directors bring energy, enthusiasm to their new roles

Karen Bell, PhD, and Martin Ostensen, JD, MBA, MHA, each found their passion for public health as UNT Health Science Center students. Now, both have accepted faculty leadership roles within the School of Public Health (SPH), where they will be helping to inspire and teach public health leaders of tomorrow. Dr. Bell has been named…

Plan4Health looks toward healthier living

UNTHSC School of Public Health (SPH) Adjunct Instructor and Practice Experience Liaison Melissa Oden, DHEd, recently attended the American Planning Association's (APA) national conference in Phoenix, Arizona, to participate in a panel discussion on building collaborations and the Plan4Health grant that she has been involved with for the last 18 months. Dr. Oden was invited…

Student’s inspiration leads to WHO internship

UNTHSC student Courtney Searles decided to study public health because of her dad. Diagnosed with cancer at age 24, her father had grown up close to a chemical plant, where environmental factors may have contributed to his illness. Her father lost his battle with the disease at 30, inspiring Courtney toward a career where she…

Public health students begin new partnerships in Uganda

  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 experience opportunity in Uganda…

Public health champion prepares for TPHA presidency

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 so far 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 TPHA,…

SPH Dual Degree student gives back in special way

SPH student Chandler Sparks and his wife, Emily, found a most special way to give back over the holiday season. Chandler is pursuing his Master of Public Health degree through the SPH in tandem with his TCOM medical degree.  Read more about the family's special story here. This holiday season, an abandoned newborn boy has…

New endowment helps further public health

Professor Emeritus Terry Gratton, DrPH, remembers his years of teaching for the UNT Health Science Center School of Public Health as one of the most rewarding times of his career. He cares so much about students and furthering work in Environmental and Occupational Health that he and his wife of 42 years have found a way…