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"How Do I Look?" Examining Body Image & Contouring Surgery

With the increasing popularity of cosmetic procedures for the body, an important question has arisen: Do these procedures have long-term benefits—and if so, what are they? In a literature review recently published in Aesthetic Surgery Journal, researchers from the College of Public Health examined this question in regards to body contouring surgeries. What they discovered sheds light on these procedures’ potential impact on body image—as well as their limitations—and may help cosmetic surgeons treat patients more effectively.

Posted:  September 30, 2016

Class of 2020 Starts Their Temple Journey


It’s always inspiring to meet someone smart, talented and driven.  And when you meet hundreds of people like that in a single day, it’s worth celebrating.  Today we marked the beginning of the academic year by welcoming more than 700 new undergraduate students to the College of Public Health at Temple’s 2016 Convocation.  They join a diverse group of 167 faculty members and over 4000 current students, who together represent one of the most innovative institutions of public health education and research in the country. 

Posted:  August 26, 2016

Big Questions About Tiny Particles

Lok Pokhrel Temple University Epidemiology Nanotechnology Research

Imagine dividing a single grain of sand into a million pieces.  This is the scale of nanoparticles:  tiny man-made bits of matter that are being used in a widening array of consumer products, from the microprocessor in your computer to odor-resistant workout clothes.  Lok Pokhrel, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health, says that while nanoparticles are proving their usefulness, they are entering the environment at an alarming rate—and the consequences to our ecosystem and human health are still unknown. 

Posted:  May 27, 2016

Enlisting Equations to Fight Disease

Sponges and sprays aren’t the only tools in the fight against infectious disease outbreaks—for environmental health researchers like Mark Weir, math equations can be just as powerful.  Weir is an assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Temple’s College of Public Health whose research team just published a paper in Environmental Science and Technology.  Their focus:  building a mathematical model that identifies objects that might harbor microbes even after being disinfected.  It’s a tool that could change the way healthcare facilities prevent infectious disease o

Posted:  May 24, 2016

Loofahs As Water Filters?

In developing countries, dirty water kills:  more than 1.9 million people die each year from illnesses related to unsafe drinking water, according to the World Health Organization.  Many of those deaths could be prevented by water filtration, but in the poorest countries water filters can be too expensive to buy.  That’s why one professor and his student at Temple’s College of Public Health are experimenting with a new method of water purification that could make big waves.  It’s low-cost.  It’s sustainable.  It’s…a loofah.

Posted:  May 20, 2016

UNICEF Grant Helps Researcher Build Groundwork for Hygiene

For the first time ever, a Temple researcher has been awarded a grant by the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).  Heather Murphy, assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the College of Public Health, will use the funding to develop a costing model for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs at schools in developing countries. 

Posted:  May 19, 2016

CPH Grads Take the Road Less Travelled

College of Public Health Graduation Ceremony Temple University Commencement

On May 6, faculty, students and supporters of the College of Public Health marked the college’s 49th graduation ceremony in the packed Liacouras Center.  College Dean Laura Siminoff said in her opening remarks that the 1388 graduating students represent the best of Temple University.  “It should make us all extremely proud that our students are focused on professions that represent the highest ideals of service to others,” she said.

Posted:  May 5, 2016

Estelle Richman: Keep the Client Front and Center

For Estelle Richman, health policy is personal.  Throughout her career she has earned a reputation as someone who advocates for individual well-being and dignity—as Philadelphia’s Commissioner of Public Health and Managing Director, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Public Welfare, and Chief Operating Officer for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  The College of Public Health is excited to welcome Richman as its 2016 commencement speaker, and we spoke with her about her beginnings, her career, and the issues she sees as most vital to the future of public health.  

Posted:  April 25, 2016

Taking control of postpartum weight gain

CORE program helps new mothers lose weight
A lot changed for Teeah Mccall after she gave birth to her daughter Kristina. Not only did she find herself with a new set of responsibilities as a parent, but she also had to adjust to her post-pregnancy body, which included a few extra pounds.
According to a research study by the Center for Obesity Research (CORE) in the College of Public Health, Mccall is not alone.
The childbearing period is a critical life stage for weight gain and the development of cardiometabolic disease, especially for the nearly three-quarters of African American women who enter pregnancy already overweight or obese.
Posted:  April 5, 2016