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What's New at UIC SPH


UIC School of Public Health establishes Mining Education and Research Center

man miningThe University of Illinois at Chicago has launched a new center that will consolidate efforts to provide education and clinical services, along with conducting research related to health and safety in the mining industry. The UIC Mining Education and Research (MinER) Center is based in the UIC School of Public Health and will be directed by Dr. Robert Cohen, clinical professor of environmental and occupational health sciences in the UIC School of Public Health.

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Student Selected for Prestigious Fellowship

University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health graduate student Rodney Johnson (B.A. ’17) has been selected for the prestigious Schweitzer Fellowship – a year-long service learning program that empowers Fellows to design and implement projects that help address the health needs of underserved Chicago communities.

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DrPH Program Hosts First Annual Symposium

The public health field has long complained about the divide between academic public health and public health practice. From the practitioners’ perspective, one underlying cause for this condition is that academic research is not directly relevant to day-to-day practice problems. A principal aim of the UIC School of Public Health’s DrPH in Leadership Program is to close this gap.

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Generous Donors Endow First Lectureship

Named in honor of Professor Daniel Swartzman, the inaugural ethics lecture drew nearly 150 attendees

On October 4, 2017, the UIC School of Public Health held its inaugural Daniel Swartzman Public Health Ethics Lecture. Named in honor of Mr. Swartzman, emeritus professor of health policy and administration, the lecture is the school’s first fully endowed lectureship. With more than 150 guests in attendance, Dr. Lisa M. Lee, founding chair of the American Public Health Association’s Ethics Section, delivered the keynote.

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Public Health Course Brings Students to Cuba

The UIC School of Public Health offered a new elective course in the summer of 2017 that provided graduate students a first-hand look at how Cuba delivers health care and public health programs. Public Health in Cuba, created in partnership with the Cuban National School of Public Health (ENSAP) in Havana, included in-class instruction at UIC as well as two weeks of coursework and field visits to health facilities and programs in Cuba. Seven students took the class, which was led by public health faculty members Judith Levy and Nadine Peacock.

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CDC Division Director Named New Dean of UIC School of Public Health

Dr. Wayne Giles, director of the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will become the dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, effective September 1, pending formal approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Giles, 56, follows Paul Brandt-Rauf, who served as dean of the school from 2008 to January 2017.

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Community Engagement and Dialogue With the Puerto Rican Cultural Center

At the end of spring semester 2017, a community engagement event was co-sponsored by the UIC School of Public Health (SPH) and the Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC) in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. “The purpose of the event was to create a forum for faculty, and incoming students and graduating students, to have a critical dialogue about the role of appreciating and utilizing community culture and assets in university teaching and in collaborative research for health equity,” said Dr. Michele Kelley, Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences

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Undergraduate Program Ranked 12th in the U.S.

The bachelor’s degree in public health at the University of Illinois at Chicago was ranked 12th in the U.S. by College Choice, a company specializing in college and university rankings and resources.  The degree, now in its fifth year, is a bachelor of arts degree and integrates liberal arts concepts into the public health curriculum. Students begin taking public health courses in their third year.

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UIC Releases Video on Climate Change and Public Health in Illinois

In an In a joint effort, the Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) –Illinois Project at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health (UIC SPH), and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) developed and released a new educational video on how climate change will affect public health. The video describes how climate change is causing more heat waves, floods, and worsening air quality and the many health effects this will have on people.

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UIC to Develop Inter-Professional HIV/AIDS training for health providers

Frank Borgers, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Public Health, will co-lead implementation of a four-year project to develop inter-professional HIV/AIDS training for health providers.

This project is funded under the umbrella of an $11.4 million Health Resources and Services Administration grant received by MATEC that launches multiple innovations in HIV/AIDS care and prevention.

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UIC Awarded Grant for Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health

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The UIC School of Public Health was awarded a five-year‌ $1.75 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau to fund a Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health. The center is a continuation of the long-standing Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Training Program at UIC, directed by Dr. Arden Handler, professor in the Division of Community Health Sciences. According to HRSA, the recently awarded Centers of Excellence in MCH will serve as “regional hubs for training, research, and innovation.”

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UIC SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH GETS $1.4 MILLION GIFT

$1.4 million gift from the estate of Dr. Paul Levy and his wife, Virginia F. TomasekThe University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health has received a $1.4 million gift from the estate of Dr. Paul Levy and his wife, Virginia F. Tomasek. Levy was a founding member of the school and the first and longest-serving director of its division of epidemiology and biostatistics, a position he held for 15 years.

A highly innovative biostatistician whose expertise was widely sought by biomedical and public health researchers around the world, Levy, through his work, improved the lives of millions.

The gift, the largest to the school from an individual, will support the first endowed professorship in the division – the Paul Levy and Virginia F. Tomasek Professorship. It will also serve as an enduring source of student scholarships.

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