SPH News & Events


Free COVID-19 Drive-through testing

Free COVID-19 Drive-through testing takes place across Memphis/Shelby County on June 19-20, 2020. No appointments are needed; no symptoms are necessary to get tested. Please see these flyers in English and Spanish for testing site locations and times.


Environmental Health faculty examine air quality changes during COVID-19 shutdown

Environmental Health faculty at U of M collaborated with the Shelby County Health Department on a study to examine air quality changes during the COVID-19 shutdown. The findings are published in a special issue "Coronavirus Pandemic Shutdown Effects on Urban Air Quality" of Atmosphere. Download article here>


Mayor's COVID-19 Joint Task Force

The School of Public Health is collaborating with the Mayor's COVID-19 Joint Task Force to determine whether current strategies to encourage mask usage are effective. Working with Dr. Marian Levy and Dr. Vikki Nolan, four MPH students will collect data in public settings where large numbers of people interact at entertainment, recreation and/or business sites in various locations throughout the city and county. The students will measure levels of mask usage through in-person observation and by reviewing videotapes captured by city cameras in public areas. See article here >


Telehealth for Vulnerable Populations: Webinar Series

In light of COVID-19 concerns, the School of Public Health Summer Institute has changed to a virtual format, and we have partnered with several professions/organizations to address the needs of vulnerable populations through a series of one-hour webinars related to Telehealth for Vulnerable Populations. Download flyer>

The webinars begin June 2nd and continue through the month. Register here> 


SPH faculty televised interview on COVID-19 contact tracing and assessing compliance with social distancing

Drs. Marian Levy and Jennifer Turchi discussed the School of Public Health's assistance to the Shelby County Health Department and Mayor's COVID-19 Task Force. View the interview online>


Grant Award Acknowledgements

Congratulations to Dr. Pichon for her recent CDC award with TDOH and Connect to Protect, featured in the Research & Innovation newsletter. View newsletter here>

Congratulations to Dr. Yang for his recent pilot award from the Center for the Assessment of Tobacco Regulations (CAsToR) at the University of Michigan.

Congratulations to Dr. Kedia for his recent award from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to help fight the opioid epidemic. View article here>


SPH students awarded in Graduate School's 2020 Student Research Forum 

Congratulations to Rutu Patel (Epidemiology doctoral student) and Nikhil Ahuja (Social and Behavioral Sciences doctoral student) for winning awards in the Graduate School's 2020 Student Research Forum. Ms. Patel placed second in the category of Life and Health Sciences; Mr. Ahuja placed second in the Social and Behavioral Science category.  View here>


Dr. Aram DobalianDr. Dobalian's recent televised interview on the new COVID-19 overflow hospital

Dr. Aram Dobalian, Director and Professor of Health Systems Management and Policy, was interviewed as an expert recently on Channel 5 news regarding the selection of a Memphis shopping center as a new site for a COVID-19 overflow hospital. View the interview online >

SPH Announces 2020 Student Achievement Award Recipients

Each year, the School of Public Health provides Student Achievement Awards to recognize outstanding students in each of our Master's and Doctoral programs of study. These awards are highly-competitive and reflect outstanding academic achievement, research accomplishments, and contribution to the field of public health. We are pleased to announce the recipients for 2020. Read More>