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September 6, 2016
As a UGA undergraduate, Tawny Waltz always expected to pursue a career in government. After all, she earned her bachelor's degree in international affairs and political science from the university's School of Public and International Affairs in 2010, followed by her Master of Public Administration from SPIA in 2012. But during that program, she took two classes taught by Cham...
August 15, 2016
The University of Georgia College of Public Health was established as the University System of Georgia's first college of public health in 2005, and then its first accredited school of public health in 2009.  An advocate for improving public health through training, Dr. Harrison Spencer was one of our greatest supporters. He joined with us in celebrating every milestone, and even traveled to...
July 18, 2016
Story by Jasna Turković Originally published in the University of Zagreb School of Medicine Newsletter, Spring 2016 In May 2016, eleven University of Georgia (UGA) students from the United States, and two UGA faculty from the College of Public Health visited the University of Zagreb School of Medicine. This is the latest visit in the decades-long collaborative relationship between the two...
July 13, 2016
Under the Affordable Care Act, nonprofit hospitals are required to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) every three years in order to keep a nonprofit 501(c)(3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service. These CHNA reports identify community health problems and needs, as well as community assets and resources. Using recommendations proposed by Georgia Watch, the University of...
June 15, 2016
María Eugenia Castellanos has been awarded a 2016-2017 Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship to fund her research identifying the risk factors associated with tuberculosis transmission in Guatemala and how they contribute to the spread of the disease in the Guatemalan population. Castellanos is a doctoral student studying epidemiology in the UGA College of...
May 16, 2016
New research from Dr. Karen Hilyard, assistant professor of health communication in the UGA College of Public Health, and colleagues from the George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University revealed a key factor for what it takes to make an article about vaccines go viral: including a clear bottom-line message explaining the meaning of vaccination. The study was published...
May 9, 2016
Iron, a critical element for living organisms, can be hard to hard to come by in open marine waters-except each summer, when atmospherically transported dust from north Africa's Sahara Desert provides pulses of biologically important nutrients, including iron, to the tropical marine waters of the Caribbean and southeastern U.S. In a study published today in the Proceedings of the National...
May 2, 2016
The University of Georgia's Mark Ebell wasn't impressed with research on infectious mononucleosis when he wrote his first published review on it back in the 1990s. He still isn't—a subject he discusses in the April issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Early diagnosis of mono is key in expediting proper treatment, said Ebell, a professor of...
April 20, 2016
Exposure to chemicals found in everyday products could affect the amount of fat stored in the body, according to a study by University of Georgia researchers. Phthalates are chemicals found in everything from plastic products to soap to nail polish—they give plastic its bendy stretch. But growing research shows that these chemicals could be harming people's health, said the study's...
April 15, 2016
Corn masa flour, a staple in Hispanic cooking, is getting an added boost of nutrition, a move designed to reduce significant birth defects like spina bifida. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration made the announcement April 14. University of Georgia professor and maternal and child health expert José F. Cordero led a press conference of the March of Dimes and the partners that...
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