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Epi Doctoral Student Wins First Place at Graduate Student Research Forum

Namuun BatbaatarNamuun Batbaatar, a first-year doctoral student in Epidemiology, won First Place in the “Life and Health Sciences” Category of the 2022 Graduate Student Research Forum (Awards Page). Her research was “Contamination and Health Risks of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the Soil in Memphis,” advised by Dr. Chunrong Jia.  




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Student News


SBS Doctoral Student offered Faculty Position

Nikhil Ahuja, a doctoral candidate in Social and Behavioral Sciences, has been offered a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Public Health at Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania. He is scheduled to graduate in Summer 2021 and will begin his position in late August.  Congratulations, Nikhil!


HSMP doctoral candidate has article published in APHA's blog

Dr. Kiran Kamble

Dr. Kiran Kamble, a doctoral candidate in Health Systems and Policy, recently published an article on APHA’s International Health (IH) Connect blog.  The article will also appear in APHA’s quarterly newsletter.  View article. 


Alumni Career Chat

SPH alumni share their thoughts on career paths in Public Health.  Watch here>


EPI Doctoral Student interviewed by Healio.com

Morgan Bromley

Morgan Bromley, MPH, a doctoral student in Epidemiology, was interviewed by Healio.com regarding his presentation at the American Public Health Association. View his interview here>



SBS PhD Student Research

Congratulations to some of our SBS PhD students on their recently published papers and conference abstract acceptances. View the list of work here. 

Undergraduate Virtual Open House

Want to learn more about a major or minor in Public Health?  Please join us on July 21, 2020 from 1:00-2:00pm via Zoom.  See flyer for details. 

MPH Student Insights on COVID-19

MPH students provided insightful perspectives when asked how social determinants could affect people's health and health disparities over the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. They permitted us to share their comments. View comments>

Surgeon General Congratulates Public Health Graduates

US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams posted a message to public health graduates. In the video message, which is just under three minutes long, Dr. Adams offers some useful advice to the newest members of the public health workforce. Congratulations class of 2020!

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Jessica Bell-JohnsonJessica Bell-Johnson (MPH, 2018) recently published a manuscript in the MMWR, CDC's online journal.

The paper is titled "Trends in Pneumoconiosis Deaths - United States, 1999-2018." Ms. Bell-Johnson is an ASPPH/CDC Public Health Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Centers for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services. View publication>


Hala Refaey, an MPH student concentrating in Epidemiology, co-authored a publication in Human Reproduction Open.

The article is titled " Age at onset of different pubertal signs in boys and girls and differential DNA methylation at age 10 and 18 years: an epigenome-wide follow-up study". View publication >

Joacy Gerard Mathias, a doctoral candidate in Epidemiology, has published a paper in the International Breastfeeding Journal:

The paper is titled "The association of infant feeding patterns with food allergy symptoms and food allergy in early childhood." Her coauthors are Drs. Hongmei Zhang, Nelis Soto-Ramirez and Wilfried Karmaus. View paper >

The following doctoral students in Social and Behavioral Sciences presented their research at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine:

San Diego, E.R., Ahuja, N.A., Johnson, B.M., Lewis, J.C., French, N., & Harmon B.E. (March 2019) Prevalence of Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors by Key Demographic Variables Among Mid-South Clergy in 2012-2017. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, D.C.

Leak, C.L., Harmon, B.E., Jiang, Y., Nickelson J.E. (March 2019) Individual, Social, and Physical Environment Influences on Adolescent Fruit and Vegetable Intake. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.

Ahuja, N.A., Schmidt, M., Kedia, S.K., & Dillon, P.J. (March 2019). Methamphetamine use and risky sexual behavior: A qualitative study of online narratives. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, D.C.

Lightening Talk by Jessica Escareno:

Jessica Escareno, a doctoral student in Health Systems and Policy, was selected by the Graduate School to share her passion about public health in a Lightening Talk during Graduate School Week. View the video below:

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Annual SPH Interdisciplinary Case Competition

The Annual School of Public Health Interdisciplinary Case Competition (SPHICC) invites graduate students from all academic programs across the university to work with a team to improve the health of a local neighborhood by proposing community-based programs and projects. SPHICC uses the BUILD Health Challenge framework to guide the student teams through the case competition to develop solutions that are Bold, Upstream, Innovative, Local and Data driven. After several months of preparation, students present their solutions to a panel of community judges. First, second, and third place teams receive small monetary prizes. The Fourth Annual SPHICC will involve students engaging with the local neighborhood both to assess problems before developing their solutions and to receive input on the development of their solutions from the members of the neighborhood.  For more information about the SPHICC, Annual School of Public Health Interdisciplinary Case Competition!