Racism and Mental Health: Why Are We Dying?
The College of Nursing and the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, in partnership with the UMass Amherst Alumni Association, held the Zoom webinar Racism and Mental Health: Why Are We Dying on May 20, 2021. The event brought together health, policy, and diversity experts for a thought-provoking conversation on systemic racism and mental health.
SPHHS Dean's Seminar: Dr. Susan Hankinson
Associate Dean of Research and Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology Susan Hankinson delivered the SPHHS Dean's Seminar "Breast Cancer Risk: What Does Body Size Have to Do with It?" on March 11, 2021.
Making the Case: The COVID-19 Vaccine
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences, along with the College of Natural Sciences and College of Nursing, presented the webinar Making the Case: The COVID-19 Vaccine on March 2, 2021. The event featured a panel of scientists and public health experts who aimed to dispel misinformation and fear about the vaccine and explain why its widespread use around the world is crucial to overcoming the deadly pandemic.
Q&A Session: COVID-19 Operational Posture and Resources to Support Mental Health and Well-Being
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences hosted a live information session and Q&A featuring SPHHS faculty, staff and students on Friday, February 12, 2021. The presentation included an overview of the University's new high risk operational posture; a snapshot of COVID-19 cases and "how we got here"; strategies to support your well-being; and information on campus well-being resources.
Our Unsung COVID Hero
Since the spring, Aimee Gilbert Loinaz, SPHHS Assistant Director for Internships and Employer Engagement and UMass Amherst's Manager of Student Contact Tracing Programs, has led student contact tracing teams to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in our communities. Without her leadership the UMass Amherst COVID-19 Contact Tracing Center would not be what it is today, one of the largest and most efficient COVID detection and prevention programs in the state.
Public Health & Health Sciences Showcase: Answering the Call in a Time of Pandemic
During UMass Homecoming week, Dean Siega-Riz held a virtual forum featuring the SPHHS faculty, staff, and students who have been leading the coronavirus pandemic response efforts on campus, in the commonwealth, and across the nation. Hear from those who have been directly involved in efforts such as contact tracing, antibody testing, prediction modeling, and health promotion efforts to help track, mitigate, and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Environmental Health Sciences' Peltier Finds Medical Face Masks Can Be Safely Reused
Urgent research by environmental health sciences researcher Richard Peltier may help ease hospital equipment shortage during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Forum Addresses Opioid Crisis in Western Massachusetts
A Massachusetts Health Policy Forum in collaboration with the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences explored innovative solutions to the opioid crisis in Western Massachusetts. Panels featuring researchers, community leaders and health providers discussed best practices and creative options to confront this public health emergency.
Public Health Program in Cuba
The UMass Amherst Public Health Program in Cuba proved to be an enriching experience for 10 students this spring. The SPHHS plans to continue this unique semester abroad next year.
Dean's Message: 10 Years at the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences
Dean Marjorie Aelion reflects on her 10 years leading the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences.
Research at the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences
Dean Marjorie Aelion discusses the growing impact made by researchers within the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences. From community-based researchers working on suicide prevention efforts to environmental health scientists trying to mitigate air and water pollution, faculty in all disciplines in the SPHHS are working together toward the common goal of helping improve the physical and mental well being of our populations.
Outreach and community impact at the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences
Dean Marjorie Aelion discusses the impact faculty, staff, and students within the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences are having on communities near and far. The SPHHS works with with community organizations to educate about public health initiatives and prevention efforts, with leaders in our region and around the world to affect change toward greater health equity, and with legislators at the local, state and federal levels to advocate public health policy issues that affect our community members.
Graduate education at the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences
Dean Marjorie Aelion discusses the impact of graduate education at the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences. SPHHS faculty explore a breadth of research interests, and give their graduate students personalized attention, a well-rounded education, and diversity of opportunity.
Undergraduate education at the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences
Dean Marjorie Aelion discusses the growth and impact of undergraduate education at the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences. SPHHS students are highly engaged in their courses and in their communities. An undergraduate degree from the SPHHS enables options and opens doors to careers that run the gamut from social sciences to natural and quantitative sciences, providing graduates with the skills they'll need to impact people's lives.
Biostatistics and Epidemiology at UMass Amherst
The Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences provides students with strong analytic and quantitative skills needed to conduct professional level public health research, disease surveillance, program evaluation, and public health practice.
Kinesiology at UMass Amherst
The Department of Kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of human movement, investigating the mechanical, neurological, biochemical, physiological, and behavior components of human movement.
UMass Women in Science: Laura Vandenberg
Laura Vandenberg, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at UMass Amherst, studies the effects environmental chemicals have on long-term health. “What we’re doing here is not just cool, it’s important,” says Vandenberg. Watch her UMass Amherst #WomeninScience story to learn what it takes to be successful in the field of public health and health sciences.
UMass Women in Science: Sofiya Alhassan
Sofiya Alhassan, associate professor of kinesiology at UMass Amherst, researches ways of improving children's health. It's this impact that she believes draws students to her field, including many female undergraduates. To these students she tells an important message: get involved early and don't be afraid of making mistakes.
Innovative health interventions
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Katie Becofsky is leading the UMass Amherst Behavioral Medicine Lab in the SPOT Study, assessing the effects of obedience training on the dog-owner bond and human-health outcomes.
Evidence-based practices for improving diagnostics, management and treatment of hearing loss
The Department of Communication Disorders' audiology program fosters evidence-based practices to improve diagnostics, management and treatment of hearing loss.
Training the next generation of speech-language pathologists
The Department of Communication Disorders is training future generations of speech-language pathologists to better serve their clients.
Health Promotion and Policy at UMass Amherst
Students in Health Promotion and Policy are helping to build healthier worlds.
Environmental Health Sciences at UMass Amherst
The Department of Environmental Health Sciences is conducting research that's making an impact, not just in the world of science but in the world of public health and public good.
Father's exposure to chemicals may affect embryo quality
A new study led by Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Studies Richard Pilsner looks at the paternal side of reproductive outcomes. The study finds exposures to plastics may have an effect on embryo development.
Advocating for environmental safety
Award-winning scientist Laura Vandenberg is acclaimed internationally for her dedicated persistence in studying the toxicity of chemicals and plastics in everyday products that can contribute to diseases in later life, including cancer and obesity.
Researchers study uneven hearing loss
A UMass Amherst study by hearing researchers Richard Freyman and Karen Helfer may result in better treatment options for people suffering from asymmetric hearing loss.
Zebrafish studies link pollutants with human disease
Researchers at UMass Amherst led by Assistant Professor Alicia Timme-Laragy are unlocking the mystery of disease by studying zebrafish fetal development. These studies indicate that, in humans, similar early life exposure to chemicals in our environment may contribute to disease later in life.
Peltier lab studies heath hazards of air pollution
The lab of Richard Peltier at UMass Amherst does innovative studies on air pollution that result in better documentation of its effects on human health globally.
Researching gestational diabetes
Professor of Epidemiology Lisa Chasan-Taber discusses her research in gestational diabetes as part of the UMass Amherst Public Engagement Project.
Cutting edge anatomy
New technology is transforming the teaching of anatomy and physiology at UMass Amherst. The nationally ranked Kinesiology Department has acquired two Anatomage tables, enabling deep exploration of the human body without dissection of real cadavers.
Institute for Applied Life Sciences at UMass Amherst
Kinesiology faculty and students are featured in this video for the Institute for Applied Life Sciences at UMass Amherst. They are investigating and developing new methods of innovative healthcare treatment, and supporting entrepreneurial and manufacturing partnerships with industry. Visit www.umass.edu/ials/.
LabTV profiles Associate Professor of Epidemiology Katherine Reeves
LabTV profiled Associate Professor Katherine Reeves, whose research involves public health and breast cancer, with the goal of determining how specific chemicals relate to the development of breast cancer.
Public health study in Nepal
Rick Peltier and Kabindra Shayka of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences filmed this report in Kathmandu, where they are leading a multinational study identifying air pollutants and tracking their effects on local police.