Air pollution linked to heightened diabetes risk

High levels of pollution may make insulin-creating cells become less efficient, increasing the risk for Type 2 diabetes, USC researchers say Latino children who live in areas with higher levels of air pollution have a heightened risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to a new USC-led study. Scientists tracked children’s health and respective levels of […]

Mexico public health institute honors Jonathan Samet

The Institute of Public Health in Mexico (INSP) celebrated the career of Dr. Jonathan Samet, Flora L. Thornton Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and director of the USC Institute for Global Health, as part of its 30-year anniversary commemoration Jan. 27.  Recognizing a career dedicated to public health The institute awarded Samet an […]

USC department ranks No. 2 in NIH medical school public health funding

The Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC was ranked one of the nation’s top public health departments receiving funds from the National Institutes of Health, according to the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. Public health sciences well-funded Overall, seven Keck School of Medicine departments ranked within the top 20 NIH-funded in their […]

USC public health article among JAMA’s most talked-about in 2016

Among the most popular articles medical journal JAMA published in 2016 is a study on e-cigarette vaping co-authored by a Department of Preventive Medicine researcher at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “Association of e-Cigarette Vaping and Progression to Heavier Patterns of Cigarette Smoking,” co-authored by Adam Leventhal, director of the USC Health, Emotion, & Addiction Laboratory, […]

Instagram documents rising hookah use

Research study examines the social contexts of hookah use Social media is giving researchers insight into the rising use of hookah, according to a study out of USC’s Department of Preventive Medicine. Hookah, smoked through a water pipe and also known as shisha, has harmful health effects similar to cigarettes. But as cigarette use declined between […]

Biostatistics named best master’s degree for today’s jobs

Forbes has named biostatistics as the best master’s degree for jobs. Using compensation data site Payscale, Forbes takes an annual look at mid-career data on 45 popular master’s degrees. The ranking considers pay growth from early to mid-career, job satisfaction, stress, projected employment growth of jobs associated with each degree, and more.  Among master’s degrees like software […]

USC contributes to surgeon general’s first report on e-cigarettes

The United States Surgeon General on Dec. 8 released a new report calling e-cigarettes “a major public health concern.” “E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General” is the first comprehensive review on this public health challenge from the nation’s highest public-health authority.  The report provides insights into youth e-cigarette use, which […]

Alumnus trains Cambodian officials to save lives in emergencies

After graduating from USC, Michael Pham MPH ’15 traded the urban jungle of Los Angeles for the lush tropics of Southeast Asia, where he spent two weeks training Cambodian officials in emergency response practices. Pham, a paramedic, hoped to help standardize pre-hospital emergency care in Asia, which lacks medical service infrastructure and emergency transport. As […]

A transdisciplinary approach to health behavior change research

After receiving the 2016 Outstanding Student/Trainee Abstract Award in Multiple Health Behavior Change (MHBC) Research from the Society of Behavioral Medicine in March, USC doctoral candidate Christopher Warren spoke with the society’s MHBC special interest group about his research approach and interests. Warren, a Predoctoral Fellow in Health Behavior Research at the Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research, was […]

20 (Public Health) Questions with Dr. Mellissa Withers

The Student Doctor Network interviewed Dr. Mellissa Withers, USC Assistant Professor of Clinical, about her education and career in public health in this 20-question Q&A. From her degree decision-making to experiences abroad conducting global health research, Dr. Withers provides insight into how she got to where she is today: teaching global health at USC and […]