Forty states—including Tennessee—are already experiencing widespread and increasing influenza infections this season, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Paul Erwin, head of UT’s Department of Public Health, offers three simple tips that can go a long way in protecting you from getting or spreading the flu.
Paul Erwin News
UT will help chart the direction of academic public health education, thanks to membership in a newly formed organization that launches today. The university has signed on as a founding member of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. The organization connects public health schools and programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.
Some recent graduates and seniors were recently awarded Baker Scholar medallions for completing the program sponsored by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Baker Scholars are selected via a competitive application and interview process. They propose a research project, which they complete over the course of an academic year under the mentorship of a faculty member or community professional.
Paul Campbell Erwin, professor and head of the Department of Public Health, considers John Snow’s cholera investigations one of the foundations of modern epidemiology. He will discuss Snow’s work at this Friday’s Science Forum. The Science Forum is a weekly brown-bag lunch series during which professors and area scientists discuss their research with the general public in a conversational presentation.
The world is “melting, drying, acidifying, flooding, and burning” because of destructive environmental changes, and we must alter our ways if we want to keep the planet habitable for ourselves and future generations. That’s the warning from noted environmentalist Bill McKibben in his latest book, Eaarth. Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet will be next year’s Life of the Mind common reading selection for UT freshmen.
UT is partnering with the state Department of Health to develop training that will enhance responses to food-borne illness outbreaks in Tennessee and across the country.
Paul Erwin, professor and director of public health, has the big idea of using research to make communities healthier. His Public Health Grand Rounds program focuses on practice-based research to improve the public’s health. PHGR is an activity of UT’s Department of Public Health and Knox County Health Department’s formal partnership called the Academic Health Department.
The Kenya Team at UT Knoxville recently received an $89,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to work with the Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s Projects and Kenyatta University. The team will study the effects of child-caregiver attachment to the overall well-being of children in the slum communities of Nairobi, Kenya.
After several years of planning combined with “a very serious and purposeful reallocation of internal resources,” UT Knoxville has established a Department of Public Health within the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.
One of the nation’s top authorities in public health will kick off National Public Health Week (NPHW) on the UT Knoxville campus on April 1. Ron Bialek, executive director and president of the Public Health Foundation (PHF), a national nonprofit organization, will speak about improving public health at 5 p.m. in room 235, Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.