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Student spotlight: Internships provide public health undergrad with experience in the lab and the field

Like all College of Public Health undergraduate students, Lindy Thornton needed to complete two internships before graduating. Through her internships, Thornton gained experience through a combination of hands-on data analysis and fieldwork. These, she says, can go a long way with her applications as well as her career down the road. Now a senior, she’s applying to graduate schools to study health informatics.

Posted:  March 14, 2018

Next week: Sandro Galea, dean at Boston University School of Public Health, to speak in Dean’s Seminar Series

On Friday, March 23, Dr. Sandro Galea, Robert A. Knox professor and dean at Boston University School of Public Health, will deliver a lecture as part of the college’s Dean’s Seminar Series. In the lecture “What should we talk about when we talk about health?” Galea will discuss challenges surrounding our current approaches to health conversations and the difficulty of changing the national public health narrative. The event is free and open to the public.

Posted:  March 13, 2018

SBS alumna, faculty explore link between secondhand smoke and pediatric MS

Around the world, approximately 7,000 children are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, or MS, a central nervous system disorder that affects communication, coordination, muscle strength, and other ability.

There also exists a similar condition that largely mimics MS: Monophasic acquired demyelinating syndrome (mono-ADS). Like MS, it affects the central nervous system through demyelination, in which the protective covers around nerve cells are damaged. However, Mono-ADS differs from MS in one key way: it doesn’t present again after the initial attack, from which children typically recover.

Posted:  March 8, 2018

Video: Social work student explores animal therapy

After rescuing pit bull mix Marley from a shelter five years ago, Rachel Lawbaugh in the School of Social Work trained her as a certified therapy dog. Since then, Rachel has found opportunities for Marley to join in their internships for the Master of Social Work program, where they work with individuals recovering from trauma and substance use—and where Marley’s presence can have profound benefits for clients.

Posted:  March 5, 2018

Alumna’s new book takes a big picture approach to keeping kids healthy

When her son was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1991, Joanne Stanton began building a knowledge base about pediatric cancer. In particular, she became curious about how environmental factors impact children’s health.

Now, more than 25 years later, the college of public health alumna has published a book on the topic.  

Posted:  March 1, 2018

Alumni Association holds inaugural board meeting, welcomes new members

This month, the College of Public Health Alumni Association (CPHAA) Board of Directors and Advisory Board held its inaugural meeting, where members began discussing ways to achieve the association’s goals of promoting the college and its alumni, encouraging fraternity among alumni through a variety of initiatives and events, establishing a professional mentoring and networking program, and connecting alumni to current students. More details will be shared in the future.

Posted:  February 28, 2018

Op-ed: What recent changes to blood pressure guidelines mean for US adults

Last year, the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association updated its clinical guidelines for high blood pressure treatment – increasing the number of Americans diagnosed with high blood pressure. Here, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration and Policy Gabriel S.

Posted:  February 26, 2018

New study to help kids to healthier snacks and smiles

The most common—and preventable—chronic disease of childhood is dental caries, or tooth decay, and developing healthy nutritional habits is a key to prevention. In a new five-year study, Temple’s College of Public Health, the Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry and the Monell Chemical Senses Center are joining forces to tackle the challenges of children’s oral health and eating behaviors. 

Posted:  February 22, 2018