Dear School of Public Health Students:
I am pleased to welcome you to this new academic year—and a special welcome to the over 260 new undergraduate and graduate students. During this global pandemic, the value and impact of public health has been made undeniably clear, and we are proud of your decision to pursue a public health education. I am honored to share this newsletter that highlights the significant work of our students, alumni, and faculty and how their efforts are contributing to the pandemic response. I am greatly inspired by the many ways that our public health community is making a difference.
This fall semester is unlike any we’ve experienced before. Though the pandemic has posed many challenges, our University and School have remained committed to excellence in education while prioritizing health and safety. I urge you to review the Georgia State Ahead plan for health and safety measures that have been carefully developed according to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Within the School of Public Health (SPH), courses will primarily be taught using online instructional formats with limited in-person components and our classrooms and other shared spaces have been restructured to allow for adequate social distancing. The School of Public Health’s return to campus plan can be viewed here (using the password: sph2020ul). If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your instructor or contact SPH Facilities Support.
Although this is not a typical year, there is still much to be excited about this semester. Our faculty have been working closely with our School’s Lead Education Technology Specialist, Missale Ayele, and our IT and Facilities teams to utilize innovative new technology and university instructional resources to significantly enhance the online learning experience for each of you, and I hope you will participate in our many upcoming school-wide virtual events. I look forward to finding new opportunities and creative ways to come together as a school community even while we are temporarily distant. Wishing you a wonderful and safe semester.
Rodney Lyn, Ph.D., MS
Dear School of Public Health Faculty and Staff:
I am excited to start this new academic year together. Through your collective efforts, we’ve managed to successfully keep our School moving forward, to maintain our standards of high-quality instruction, and to surpass our previous record for sponsored research funding. I am proud to announce that we have also reached a new record for total enrollment of over 870 students, with more than 260 new students joining our undergraduate and graduate programs this semester. I am inspired by how well we have adjusted to these extraordinary times, and I look forward to exploring new ways to join together as a school community, even as we are temporarily distant. Wishing you a wonderful and safe semester.
Rodney Lyn, Ph.D., MS
The School of Public Health welcomed 876 new and returning students and scholars from 43 countries for the Fall 2020 semester.
Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH)
- 491 students
- 23 average age
- 84% female
- 16% male
- 92% Georgia residents
- 5% non-residents
- 3% international
- Countries represented: Chad, China, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, India, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kenya, South Korea, Liberia, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Nepal, Sierra Leone, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam
Master of Public Health (MPH)
- 254 students
- 27 average age
- 70% female
- 30% male
- 80% Georgia residents
- 13% non-residents
- 7% international
- Countries represented: Albania, Angola, Brazil, China, Colombia, Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Honduras, Indonesia, India, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Madagascar, Mongolia, Mexico, Nigeria, Nepal, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, United States, Ukraine, and Venezuela
Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)
- 32 students
- 37 average age
- 78% female
- 22% male
- 97% Georgia residents
- 3% non-residents
- <1% international
- Countries represented: Nigeria and the United States
Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health (PhD)
- 55 students
- 34 average age
- 80% female
- 20% male
- 65% Georgia residents
- 13% non-residents
- 22% international
- Countries represented: China, Georgia, Germany, Indonesia, India, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Korea, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam
Graduate Certificate of Public Health (GCPH)
- 39 students
- 28 average age
- 82% female
- 18% male
- 85% Georgia residents
- 15% non-residents
- <1% international
- Countries represented: India and the United States
The School of Public Health welcomed 11 new and returning international Fulbright Scholars representing 11 countries for the Fall 2020 semester.
- 5 Health Management & Policy concentrations
- 4 Health Promotion & Behavior concentrations
- 2 Epidemiology concentrations
- Countries represented: Albania, Angola, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Indonesia, Madagascar, Mongolia, South Africa, Uganda, Ukraine, and Venezuela
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The School of Public Health has welcomed over 75 international Fulbright Scholars since 2006.
The School of Public Health recently welcomed nine new staff members to the team.
- Sherly Castillo, Grants and Contracts Officer III, Office of Research and Sponsored Projects
- Kathy Harlan, Behavior Specialist, Center for Leadership in Disability, Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development
- Jay Morris, Training Coordinator, Population Health Sciences
- Elizabeth Mosley, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development
- Reed Reynolds, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Health Policy and Behavioral Sciences
- Danielle Rivers, Research Coordinator II, National SafeCare Training and Research Center (NSTRC), Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development
- Nashalys Salmanaca, Program Coordinator, Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development
- Traci Streeter-Sherrell, Grants and Contracts Officer II, Office of Research and Sponsored Projects
- Will Thacker, College Finance Officer, Office of the Dean
The university experience will be markedly different this semester because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the Georgia State community is up to the task of teaching, learning and working at the highest possible levels while staying safe and healthy. Everything to prepare for a successful semester, from health and safety measures to campus services to technology assistance, can be found on Georgia State Ahead. Click here to learn more.
The Prevention Research Center (PRC) at Georgia State University is a collaboration of faculty in the School of Public Health, Perimeter College, and the College of Education & Human Development in partnership with the CDC. The core research project of the PRC will adapt SafeCare, an evidence-based parenting program, to conduct the first systematic effort in the nation to develop culturally and linguistically relevant care and interventions for migrant and refugee children to improve the parent-child relationship, alleviate parenting stress and boost children’s social and emotional health.
Since July, members of the PRC leadership team, the Clarkston COVID-19 Task Force, and Georgia State students and alumni have prepared and distributed health kits containing face masks, hand sanitizer, and health educational material to over 5,800 households in the Clarkston, GA community to help curb the spread of the disease. The Clarkston community is home to refugees from over 170 countries who speak 60 different languages. The PRC’s coronavirus response efforts have also included creating critical health resources for Clarkston residents in world languages that meet the cultural, linguistic, and literacy needs of this super-diverse community. Click here to view photos from the coronavirus response efforts.
The Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) joined the Georgia Developmental Disabilities Network (GDDN), a consortium of ten Georgia disability focused organizations that are committed to connecting people with resources during the coronavirus pandemic. The GDDN, which includes the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD), Georgia Advocacy Office (GAO) and the Institute on Human Development and Disability (IHDD) at University of Georgia, has partnered with statewide disability organizations to host weekly community meeting via Zoom to address issues and concerns related to COVID-19 within the Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) community across the state of Georgia.
Guest speakers on the GDDN calls have included Mark Butler from the Georgia Department of Labor speaking on employment/unemployment; staff at the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency advising how to navigate benefits and unemployment; Rylin Rogers and Liz Weintraub from AUCD discussing the CARES Act; Dr. Harry Heiman explaining ways to protect yourself as Georgia reopens; and Dr. Georgina Peacock from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) talking about CDC guidance for vulnerable populations. The group also reviews and provides answers to crowd-sourced questions, which are submitted during previous calls, through email or via social media. Click here to learn more.
Dr. Gerardo Chowell and his research team have been on the forefront of epidemiological research on the coronavirus pandemic, producing daily forecasts of global cases and deaths since February 2020.
The research team has recently shifted focus to produce weekly forecasts of state level hotspots in the United States. Forecasts are updated every Tuesday by 9 p.m. ET.
Click here to learn more.
An educational online program created by Dr. Laura Salazar to help college students recognize and avoid the dangers of sexual assault and understand the risks of alcohol use has been licensed to Behavioral Science Technologies, LLC, an educational technology firm.
The company hopes to partner with other universities to incorporate the Web-based program, RealConsent®, into student learning.
Click here to learn more.
In 2018, Dr. Christine Stauber was appointed to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s (NASEM) Committee on the Review of the New York City Watershed Protection Program. The upstate watershed, the largest un-filtered drinking water supply in the United States, supplies 1.1 billion gallons of drinking water a day to over 9 million New Yorkers.
The NASEM committee recently released a Review of the New York City Watershed Protection Program, co-authored by Dr. Stauber, that assessed the efficacy and future of New York City’s watershed management activities.
Click here to learn more.
The coronavirus pandemic has prompted many professionals to pivot their responsibilities and respond to one of the most critical public health moments in the past century. The School of Public Health is proud of our alumni who have led local and global multidisciplinary research and on-the-ground efforts to combat the virus and secure the public’s health. Alumni and students are encouraged to share their pandemic-response work to be included in the School of Public Health’s Spotlight Series. Click here to read more.
The School of Public Health, equipped with microbiologists, epidemiologists, infectious disease experts, and health policy scholars, have been on the forefront of COVID-19’s public dialogue since the onset of the pandemic. With over 350 media mentions since February 2020, faculty research and evidenced-based perspectives on an extensive range of public health subjects have been featured in national and international outlets such as the BBC, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Forbes, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, and more.
Media mentions are featured in alphabetical order by faculty/staff member’s last name.
Making the Most of an Academic Program and Careers at CDC
Featuring Alumni Panel from CDC
Interviewed by Jessica Pratt, School of Public Health at Georgia State
August 27, 2020
Supporting Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Challenging Behavior
Featuring Dr. V. Mark Durand, University of South Florida St. Petersburg
September 14, 2020
The Role of SARS-CoV-2 Serostudies for Monitoring Burden of Disease and Associated Risk Factors
Featuring Dr. Heather Bradley, School of Public Health at Georgia State
Interviewed by Brian Greer, School of Public Health at Georgia State
September 24, 2020
GEORGIA HEALTH POLICY CENTER COLLABORATIVE LECTURE
Intersection of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Opioid Epidemic
Featuring Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland
Interviewed by Deb Houry, CDC
October 8, 2020