Bringing Public Health Education to High Schools
October 27 - December 6, 2023 - Schools can play a critical role in reducing health risks through the delivery of effective public health education. It can enhance understanding of concepts pertaining to population wellness to action that directly or indirectly enhances individual or community health. Youth should gain exposure to the skills of population thinking through public health education. However, it has yet to become an essential component of high school curricula. Public Health Education in High Schools will focus on critical thinking, science and digital literacy, youth empowerment, and ...
University of Memphis School of Public Health recognized with Tigers Ascending to Excellence Award
November 4, 2023 - In recognition of securing a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and RTI International, Drs. Joshi (Dean, University of Memphis School of Public Health), Jia (Professor of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Environmental Health) and Titu (Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Environmental Health) were recognized by President Hardgrave with the Tigers Ascending to Excellence Award. They were also invited to serve as the honorary coach of the football game on Saturday, November 4 when the Tigers took on the University of South Florida at the Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium.
SPH CARES: Annual Report | August 2022 - June 2023
October 4, 2023 - "The goal of the School of Public Health at the University of Memphis is to build an impactful School of Public Health that is committed to being a Community-engaged, Anchor Institute, offering Research-based solutions, supporting Entrepreneurship and innovation while remaining Student-centric (CARES)" says Dr. Ashish Joshi, Dean and Distinguished University Professor, UofM School of Public Health. This annual report from August 2022 - June 2023 highlights the many actions the school has ...
UofM School of Public Health offering dual enrollment to high school students to address today’s public health challenges
September 29, 2023 - Media Room - The School of Public Health at the University of Memphis recently launched an initiative to empower high school students in the Memphis community and beyond to solve public health challenges facing communities today. Following the 2022 rollout of its pilot project REAIM, which serves as a model for public health education in high schools, this semester the School of Public Health introduced a public health dual-enrollment opportunity for high school juniors and seniors. The initiative is among the first of its kind in the country. “This profession is for every student interested in how public health ...
School of Public Health Launches High School Public Health Clubs and Dual Enrollment Programs
September 24, 2023 - Public health clubs are launching in 23 high schools in the Memphis-Shelby County School system, with an expert on leave from the World Health Organization visiting to help the students tangibly see how they can become ambassadors for a healthier Memphis.
Dr. Laura Magaña speaks at Dean's Grand Rounds, September 2023
September 22, 2023 - The School of Public Health had the absolute pleasure to welcome and host Dr. Laura Magaña, President and CEO of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). She is also the founding President of the Global Network for Academic Public Health (GNAPH), an alliance of seven regional associations representing schools and programs of public health worldwide. Under her leadership, ASPPH has continued to advance academic public health by mobilizing the collective power of its members to drive excellence and innovation in education, research, and practice.
Dean Joshi Speaks about SPH CARES on The President's Perspective - Vol. 24
September 21, 2023 - University of Memphis President, Dr. Bill Hardgrave, invited Dean Joshi to speak on The President's Perspective - Vol. 24. In this installment, Dr. Joshi talks about the work that the School of Public Health is doing to build the Memphis Model of Public Health and shares the framework of SPH CARES.
Fox 13 News interviewed Dean Joshi about polluted neighborhoods
September 19, 2023 - Fox 13 News interviewed Dean Joshi about the incredible work that the School of Public Health is doing to address pollution through actions of environmental justice in underserved communities in Memphis, TN and the Mid-South. As part of a $10M grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and in partnership with RTI International, the School of Public Health joined other southern schools to address environmental justice issues in their local communities. “The word ‘justice’ itself means equity for all. To me, that means people should have all the same resources, same opportunities, same kinds of landscapes where they can advance their health and well-being,” said Dr. Ashish Joshi, the Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Memphis. Click here to read Kayla Solomon's full article.
School of Public Health Faculty Recognition - Congratulations to Dr. Marian Levy!
UofM School of Public Health offers dual enrollment for high school students
Inauguration of the Establishment of Public Health Club at the University High School by SPH, UofM
September 9, 2023 - Under the RE-AIM Public Health Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Sustainability (IDEAS) through the Lens of the Youth Initiative, the University of Memphis School of Public Health (SPH) led by the Dean of SPH, Dr. Ashish Joshi today led a Team to inaugurate the establishment of a Public Health Club, at the University High School, Memphis. The University High School, Memphis will be the model school and its members, the brand ambassadors of this Public Health initiative and the team seeks to extend this locally, nationally, and globally. Dr. Joshi explained that this ground-breaking initiative by ...
PHSA at Student Involvement Fair
August 28, 2023 - The Public Health Student Association (PHSA) did a great job representing the School of Public Health at the University of Memphis Weeks of Welcome Student Involvement Fair on Monday, August 28!
Dean Joshi Speaks at Determined to be a Doctor Someday 2023 Symposium
August 19, 2023 - Dr. Ashish Joshi, Dean of the School of Public Health, spoke on a panel with other local doctors to over 100 students at the Determined to Be A Doctor Someday Symposium. This annual event introduces high schoolers from underrepresented communities in Memphis and northern Mississippi career pathways in the health field. Dean Joshi and the other panelists answered questions about why they chose their field and what their motivation was and is. The students had the opportunity to experience the panel’s wisdom and insight on how to persevere as they begin their own journeys. As the students rotated through breakout sessions, they had the opportunity to hear ...
First Meet-and-Greet social – Center for PH-IDEAS hosted 18 scholars from the SCHD
August 7, 2023 - The Center for PH-IDEAS, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funded project, a collaboration between Memphis and Shelby County Health Department and University of Memphis School of Public Health, organized its first Meet-and-Greet social and hosted 18 scholars from the SCHD. Through this program, current health department employees will be trained and educated in public health to support public health workforce efforts here at the SCHD. ...
International Collaboration of UofM SPH with IAPH
The University of Memphis School of Public Health has entered into an international memorandum of understanding with the International Academy of Public Health based in Amman, Jordan.
Dr. David Russomanno, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost for the University of Memphis says of the agreement: "We are delighted to see the establishment of this MOU. Win-win strategic international partnerships are vitally important to growing the impact and visibility of The University of Memphis."
First International Educational Agreement
The School of Public Health and Panimalar Engineering College, Chennai, India have entered into an international education agreement, which will allow cross-cultural educational and institutional exchanges between the two institutions. Students working towards a degree at one institution will be able to take classes and participate in innovative initiatives at the other institution. The programs included are the Interdisciplinary Public Health Certificate program, Graduate Certificate in Population Health Informatics, and the Master of Science in Biostatistics with a Concentration on Data Science in Public Health certificate program.
Dean Joshi's Presentation at Tennessee Governor's School
June 26, 2023 - Dr. Ashish Joshi, Dean of the School of Public Health, presented his talk on A Population Health Informatics Approach to Advance Health Equity Using SMAART Model Across Glocal Settings. The audience was comprised of 60 of the brightest students across the state of Tennessee, who were participating in the Tennessee Governor’s School for International Studies, a 3-week intensive summer learning opportunity at the University of Memphis.
These programs provide challenging and intensive learning summer experiences for gifted and talented students who will be entering the 11th or 12th grade in the following disciplines: Agricultural Sciences, Arts, Computational Physics, Emerging Technologies, Engineering, Humanities, Information Technology Leadership, International Studies, Prospective Teachers, Sciences, Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage, and Scientific Models and Data Analysis.
UofM SPH Offers APHA Membership to All its Students
The APHA is a professional development organization aimed at strengthening public health professionals in research and application. Giving current students access to this membership will support helping them to create solid a foundation and build collaborative community within the public health field.
Professor Kedia's Research Receives International Attention
The released data on substance use related to Senior adults involved in accidents shows increased risks.
Dr. Satish Kedia, professor in the Division of Social, Behavioral Sciences and SBS Ph.D. Program Coordinator and lead PI for this research, and his team recently released data on drinking and driving as it relates to Senior adults. Their analysis of nine years of U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data revealed that substance use in older drivers increased the likelihood of being at fault in a crash by two to four times. The researchers looked at alcohol, marijuana, stimulants, narcotics, depressants and hallucinogens.
"Our research shows just how much aging increases the risk of being at fault for injury or fatality in a drug- or alcohol-related traffic accident," said Kedia.
As a result, multiple media outlets have published articles on their findings. A couple of those releases are available below:
- U.S. News and World Report: Drinking & Driving in the Senior Years: A Recipe for Disaster >>
- Taylor & Francis Group Press Alert: Older Drivers Drinking or Using Drugs up to Four Times Likelier to be at Fault During a Car Crash >>
- Media Report: Driving Under the Influence of Substances and Motor Vehicle Fatalities Among Older Adults in the United States >>
Research Study: Driving under the influence of substances and motor vehicle fatalities among older adults in the United States. 2023. Satish Kedia, Asos Mahmood, Lu Xie, Yu Jiang, Patrick Dillon, Nikhil Ahuja, Hassan Arshad, and Coree Entwistle. Traffic Injury Prevention. 2023 Apr 27;1-8. doi: 10.1080/15389588.2023.2188435. Online ahead of print. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15389588.2023.2188435
For more information on this research, contact Kedia at email@example.com.
University of Memphis a part of EPA's $10-million environmental justice work initiative
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis is one of seven others tapped to be a part of an innovative research initiative focusing on environmental justice in under-served communities. The UofM's School of Public Health will be part of a multi-university collaboration partnering with nonprofit research institute RTI International, according to a release. The group was awarded a $10 million grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Congressman Cohen Announces Environmental Research Grant to the University of Memphis
WASHINGTON - Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-9) today announced that the University of Memphis will receive a $433,349 grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for a project entitled “Effect of ambient heat on chronic kidney disease and end-stage kidney disease among U.S. veterans” under the direction of School of Public Health Assistant Professor Abu Mohammed Naser Titu. Congressman Cohen made the following statement ...
Dean Joshi Participates - WHO Initiates Building a Global Curriculum for Infodemic Management
WHO | Departmental news | 28 March 2023
To develop infodemic management capacities for the future, WHO convened a technical consultation on building a global curriculum for infodemic management on 21-23 March in Belgrade, Serbia. Hosted by the School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, the consultation brought together 47 representatives of academia, public health and professional associations, and health authorities from six WHO regions.
Summit on Population Health Informatics Held at BRAC University
The Business Post | 04 Mar 2023
BRAC University and City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy jointly organized a Regional Symposium and Strategic Summit on population health informatics earlier this month in Bangladesh. Prof. Ashish Joshi, Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Memphis, talked about the current situation of population health informatics in the region. A regional hub on population health informatics in South and Southeast Asia was launched ...
School of Public Health Welcomes Two New Senior Scholars
Accomplished leaders from academia, industry, policy, and practice whose insight and expertise aligns with the public health mission of UofM SPH.
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The Importance of Next Generation of the Public Health Workforce, University of Memphis SPH
By Ashish Joshi, PhD, MBBS, MPH, Dean & Distinguished University Professor
The year 2020 witnessed several significant public health challenges, including the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, conflict and humanitarian emergencies, mental health issues, poverty, climate change, child and reproductive health challenges, misinformation and an infodemic. Globally, health systems were overwhelmed. Public health departments faced persistent challenges having inadequate staff, limited funding and a lack of data and technology infrastructures.
Shelby County and U of M Partner to Build Public Health Workforce
By Aisling Mäki, Daily Memphian, Published: February 05, 2023 4:00 AM CT
After COVID exposed significant gaps in the public health infrastructure nationwide, the Shelby County Health Department announced it's partnering with the University of Memphis to build a public health workforce that’s ready for the future. The health department is one of 107 health departments nationwide to receive funding from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's $3.2 billion investment in public health.
How U of M's School of Public Health is Aiding its Research Push, and What it Could Mean for Memphis
By John Klyce - Reporter, January 19, 2023
Ashish Joshi could give the most seasoned travelers a run for their money. In 2002, he came to the U.S. from India, with about $3,800 in his pocket, and plans to earn a master’s degree in public health from Boston University. Then, once he completed the degree, he took a position at the University of Maryland. In 2009, he started working on his doctorate at the University of Texas Health Science Center and began traveling from Baltimore to the institution once a week.
How U of M's University High Fared in its First Semester — and its Plans for a Pristine New Space
By John Klyce - Reporter, January 16, 2023
U of M is planning to do a complete overhaul of the fourth floor of the Orgel Education Center, with construction slated to begin in May and conclude in August — prior to the start of the 2023-2024 school year.
Graduate Certificate in Population Health Informatics - SPH Launched New Program
The Graduate Certificate in Population Health Informatics is designed to equip students with an in-depth understanding of informatics that supports the development of interventions addressing 21st century public health challenges. Students will acquire the skills necessary to apply technology at the intersection of clinical care and health sciences, strengthening preventive care at the population level. Upon graduation, it is expected that most students will work in fields related to public health, implementation science, and health technology innovations. Examples of employment titles graduates might hold include chief information officer, health informatics analyst, corporate health information officer, system analyst, project manager, system engineer, project developer, health informatics consultant, research associate, applied health informatics researcher, data analytics/data mining engineer, data sets/nomenclature and classification standards developer, and health information applications developer.
Master of Science in Biostatistics: Data Sciences in Public Health Concentration - SPH Launched New Program
In the era of large and high-dimensional data, the demand for biostatisticians trained in data sciences has increased dramatically. Our Master of Science in Biostatistics with a concentration in Data Science in Public Health teaches students to apply data analysis methods combined with machine learning skills to efficiently biomedical research data. Graduates of the program will be able to analyze large data using methods such as pattern detection and be proficient in data management and data mining. The program will prepare students for doctoral programs in related fields or employment in sectors such as research, government, or private industry.
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