Public Health Professional Education
Dr. Stephen Alder Awarded Perlman Award for Excellence in Student Counseling
The Alumni Association presents this award annually to faculty or staff who have exemplified excellence in student counseling. The recipient this year, Stephen Alder, is chief of the Division of Public Health at the U and has mentored and provided opportunities for countless students to make an impact on global health issues.
Alder is a professor of Family and Preventative Medicine and head of the Public Health at the U, where he holds adjunct appointments in Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Health Promotion and Education. Since joining the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine in 1995 as a founding member of the Health Research Center, he has been active in various forms of clinical and population-based research.
As the faculty advisor for Global Health Scholars in the Honors College since 2009, Alder has mentored, taught, and counseled thousands of students in majors impacting global health issues. He has also been instrumental in initiating the University’s Global Public Learning Abroad programs where students from a variety of disciplines—both grad and undergrad—participate in community-engaged scholarship in Ghana, Peru, India, Armenia, China and Uganda. Alder is also working to develop a Junior Global Health Scholars program for high school students. Read More
UPHA Conference - 2016
Special thanks to all the staff, faculty, and students for representing the university at the 2016 UPHA Conference!
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows
On Friday, April 1, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows visited the state of Utah and spent the morning in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. Our professors, Michael Magill, MD; Christina Porucznik, MD, MSPH; and Karen Mulitalo, MPAS, PA-C each presented to the fellows. David Keahley, PA-C, MSPH, an associate professor with the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program in the Department of Family Medicine, is a current member of the foundation. Thank you to Dr. David Sundwall for coordinating the visit.
Asia Campus- Sondgo, South Korea
University of Utah - Asia Campus has a New Building!
The University of Utah, including the MPH program, has a new home in Songdo, South Korea.
Check out pictures of the new space below!
Ghana Campus- Kpong, Ghana
Ensign College of Public Health Matriculation
Ensign College of Public Health held a matriculation ceremony for the second group of students to pursue its Master of Public Health degree program for the 2015-16 academic year. The ceremony, which took place at the school's campus at Kpong, saw a total of fifty students which comprised 24 males and 26 females taking the matriculation oath.
In his address, the Inaugural Dean of the school, Dr. Christopher N. Tetteh, encouraged the matriculants to rest assured that they made the right choice in their quest to develop themselves academically, as Ensign offers the desired "citadel of learning, teaching, research, and community service for producing, sharing, and implementing knowledge".
Ensign College of Public Health was funded by Robert and Lynnette Gay, American Philanthropists, it is fully accredited by the National Accreditation Board of Ghana to run a Master of Public Health degree program and affiliated to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi and collaborating with the University of Utah. Read more
Cast a Pebble featured in Variety Magazine
Rick Haskins, CW’s executive vice president of marketing and brand strategy, has spearheaded the drive to build two schools, a latrine system, and other public health services in the village of Barakesa. Now Haskins’ non-profit organization, Cast a Pebble, is taking the model developed in Barakesa to four other villages in Ghana, and possibly other countries down the road.
Haskins’ interest in Ghana was spurred by his brother-in-law, Stephen Alder, our chief at the Division of Public Health. Over the years, Haskins saw that Alder and his students had conducted extensive research in the West African nation, but there was never enough funding to implement recommendations for improving conditions in villages like Barakesa. With Alder’s help... Read more
Dr. Mia Hashibe's student, Yuji Chen, presented her poster on a head and neck cancer case-control study at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at the University of North Carolina, Asheville.
Most of the previous large-scale studies investigating body mass index (BMI) and head and neck cancer (HNC) risk have focused on European-origin populations. The aim of our study was to investigate potential associations between BMI and HNC risk in the East Asian population. Read More
Students at the 2016 UPHA Conference
Many of our students presented their research at the Utah Public Health Association Conference on April 12, 2016. Below we have highlighted the public health research of our students Emily Roberts, Bridget Grahmann, and Alvin Green. Thank you to all the students and faculty who represented the university at the conference.
Emily Roberts: Preparing for the Growing Impact of Alzheimer's and Related Dementias through Implementation of Utah's State Plan
Bridget Grahmann: Non-Modifiable Skin Cancer Risk Behaviors in a Screening Sample from a High-Risk Catchment Area
Alvin Green: Water Quality Analysis of a Non-traditional Distribution System in Trujillo, Peru