New Faculty at Public Health
Dr. Steven Godin joined the Division of Public Health within the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine in July, 2016. Beyond teaching in the graduate public health programs on the main campus and Asian campus, Dr. Godin’s role will be to build the undergraduate public health programs (tracks include: nutrition, global health, health policy, and environmental) so they become CEPH (Council on Education in Public Health) accredited. Prior to arriving at the U of U, Dr. Godin served on faculty within the Department of Health Studies faculty at East Stroudsburg University (ESU) both as an undergraduate BSPH coordinator (1994-2007) and graduate MPH program director (2007-2015). Read More about Dr. Godin
A new semester started at the Division of Public Health in Asia! We are welcoming new students to the program. Read More
Public Health Faculty Participate in Childhood Cancer Research
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (August 30, 2016) – The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-powered and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, is proud to award a $90,650 St. Baldrick’s Research Grant to support the work of Anne Kirchhoff, Ph.D., a researcher at Huntsman Cancer Institute and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah.
With the grant from St. Baldrick’s, Dr. Kirchhoff and her research team from the University of Utah, including Drs. Judy Ou, Heidi Hanson, and Jim VanDerslice, will be the first to study the relationship between air pollution, pulmonary health issues, and childhood cancer survivors. Using a unique epidemiologic resource, the Utah Population Database, her project aims to identify pulmonary health risks due to air pollution among childhood cancer survivors, which will help inform effects to prevent morbidity in this growing population. Read More
SPARK Study Newsletter
Dr. Wu and her research team recently completed a study on children at risk for melanoma to identify factors that impact children’s engagement in melanoma preventive behaviors (the SPARK Study). This study was funded in part by a F. Marian Bishop grant from the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah awarded to Dr. Wu. The team held 6 focus groups with 39 parents and 6 groups with 37 children on melanoma prevention and the obstacles families face when implementing melanoma preventive behaviors. Participating children had a parent who had a history of melanoma. Read More