Healthviews – Fall 2018

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Our Fall 2018 magazine takes an in-depth look at the efforts of the UIC School of Public Health to combat the opioid epidemic.  Our Community Outreach and Intervention Projects (COIP) has always been a leader in the field of treating drug abuse as a public health issue, but Professor Basmattee Boodram’s work to identify effective interventions is truly groundbreaking.

The magazine profiles the latest work of our faculty in Kenya, the school’s new course on the Epidemics of Injustice and the new Master of Sciences degree in Health Analytics. Readers can also check in on our recently announced new Mining Education and Research Center.

To receive a printed copy, email Sara Giloth, Director of Donor Relations, at

Dean's Desk

As I complete my first year as the Dean of the School of Public Health, I reflect back on all the wonderful opportunities I have had to meet alumni, donors, students and friends. Everyone has been so welcoming and helpful and I learned a lot about what makes this school so unique. I look forward to the coming year as the school begins to announce its plans to celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2020. Please watch for invitations and communications about how you can participate in the year-long celebration!

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Pulse of Public Health

The misuse of and addiction to opioids is a serious national crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids was 5 times higher than in 1999. What are effective public health strategies for addressing the opioid epidemic?

Members of the UIC SPH community weigh in
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Taking Aim at Opioid Abuse

Associate Professor Basmattee Boodram is designing interventions through a pair of National Institutes of Health grants to address and eliminate Hepatitis C transmission among opioid users.

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Identifying Root Causes of Public Health Challenges

Christina Welter, clinical assistant professor of community health sciences and director of the MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice, is building systems and policy changes that respond to the root causes of inequities in health.

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Managing Disasters and Measuring Resilience

Adjunct professor Apostolis Sambanis is leading health risk management efforts in disaster scenario planning across the country with organizations like FEMA and the Illinois EPA.

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Examining How Inequality Affects Health Outcomes

Professor Sage Kim is examining a range of inequities in public health outcomes, including disparities in police surveillance, public health challenges in jails and access to breast cancer care.

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Analyzing Complex Health Science Data

Hua Yun Chen is a professor of biostatistics whose research has been focused on developing innovative statistical methods for analyzing complex health science data.

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Occupational Health as a Global Health Issue

Professor Linda Forst and four School of Public Health students attended World Health Organization meetings focused on occupational health to learn about practices across the globe.

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Unique Course Examines Epidemics of Injustice

The course Epidemics of Injustice focuses on the histories of the programs, policies and prejudices that give rise to many social justice and health equity concerns we see today.