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Public Health

The University of Georgia is a diverse and robust institution focused on promoting health in human populations throughout our state, our country and our world.

MISSION

EDUCATION: Apart from our world-class degree offerings, UGA is constantly engaged in public service and outreach activities designed to strengthen the public health workforce, prevent diseases and improve the health of human populations.

RESEARCH: Research areas that improve the health of our citizens include epidemiology, disaster management, environmental health, global health and health promotion and behavior.

SERVICE: UGA experts lend their expertise to public and private institutions throughout the world in order to strengthen public health and improve the health and quality of life of people everywhere.

OPPORTUNITIES

Public Health Training Center

The Georgia Public Health Training Center assesses the needs and builds the capacity of the current and future generation of public health workers in governmental public health, health care organizations and non-profit organizations to advance and improve the health of Georgia citizens.

Obesity Initiative

UGA launched a major campus-wide initiative to help the state of Georgia reduce adult and childhood obesity and obesity-related diseases.

UGA’s Clinical Pharmacy

UGA’s Clinical Pharmacy group practices and provides educational exposure at the cutting edge delivery of pharmaceutical care throughout Georgia in community, inpatient and outpatient environments. Practice sites are located in Athens, Augusta, Albany, Atlanta and Savannah.

GRU / UGA Medical Partnership

Georgia Regents University and UGA partnered to create a four-year medical education program to help alleviate the statewide shortage of physicians. It combines the significant instructional and research resources of UGA with the expertise of GRU, Georgia’s only public medical school.

Traffic Safety Research and Evaluation Group

The Traffic Safety Research and Evaluation Group is a working group of scholars and practitioners dedicated to reducing the morbidity and mortality caused by highway traffic crashes.

Institute for Evidence-Based Health Professions Education

The Institute for Evidence-Based Health Professions Education develops new professional education programs based on evidence-based practice.

County Cooperative Extension Offices

Cooperative Extension agents, in county offices across Georgia, provide a link between the University of Georgia and the public. Extension agents also oversee the Georgia 4-H program that provides education and leadership training for youth.

Traffic Injury Prevention Institute

The Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute (GTIPI) is an educational outreach unit of The University of Georgia, with primary funding support from the State of Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS).

Youth Violence Prevention Group

The Youth Violence Prevention Group conducts research on the study and prevention of school violence and bullying and the promotion of positive, caring school environments.

Department of Health Promotion and Behavior

The Department of Health Promotion and Behavior generates knowledge about the social and behavioral determinants of health and applies that knowledge to the design, delivery and evaluation of disease prevention and health promotion programs.

Super Crew Employee Training for Landscape Professionals

SuperCrew brings professional training to your location at your convenience. It was developed in cooperation with industry leaders and endorsed by professional organizations.

Center for Health and Risk Communication

Researchers at the CHRC investigate how target audiences make health-related decisions. Then, they focus on how to create messages that will get the audience’s attention and produce results.

Center for Global Health

The UGA Center for Global Health seeks to identify best practices of health care throughout the world, to support their dissemination, adaption, and then their adoption throughout the world, in order to improve health care for all.

IMPACT

April 2013 | College of Veterinary Medicine, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences |

NIH awards $1.5 million to UGA researchers studying Legionnaires’ disease

It begins with flu-like symptoms, but within days a victim of Legionnaires' disease may experience severe chest pain, bloody coughing and even death. The illness, a severe type of pneumonia, affects only a small percentage of the population, but up to 30 percent of hospitalized cases can be fatal, and survivors often take a long time to recover.

March 2013 | College of Family and Consumer Sciences | Department of Food and Nutrition

Studies find strong links between food insecurity, health care among elderly

A fear of going hungry may be leading many older Georgians to skip medications and cancel doctors' appointments as they juggle limited incomes with prescription costs and out-of-pocket copayments required by Medicare, according to two new studies by University of Georgia researchers.

February 2013 | College of Public Health | Center for Global Health

Public health researcher connects rise in obesity to generational ‘knowledge gap’

A growing generational disconnect between adults and children is putting thousands of years of cultural tradition and culinary knowledge in southern Arizona in jeopardy, according to a recent study by a researcher in the University of Georgia College of Public Health. The impact of this "knowledge gap" could help to explain the rise of childhood obesity, Type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease in Native American and Mexican-American populations in Arizona.

January 2013 | College of Public Health | Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Patient expectations of acute bronchitis not consistent with the best evidence

New research from the University of Georgia exposes a large discrepancy in the length of time patients expect an acute cough illness, also called acute bronchitis, to last and the reality of the illness. This mismatch may be a factor in the over-prescription of antibiotics.

January 2013 | College of Family and Consumer Sciences |

Radon exposure causes more deaths each year than drunk driving

Radon is tasteless, odorless and invisible, but the radioactive gas still kills more Americans every year than drunk driving-one reason why University of Georgia Cooperative Extension experts advise Georgians to test their homes. It is the most common cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and causes about 21,000 deaths a year.

December 2012 | College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of Public Health | Department of Environmental Health Science

UGA scientists test new toxicant detection tool, links to abnormal fetal development

For more than 40 years, Bisphenol A, more commonly known as BPA, was used in everything from plastic baby bottles and the lining of metal food containers to dental sealants. When scientists began seeing a connection between BPA and abnormal sperm and egg development, it set off worldwide public health concerns.

December 2012 | College of Family and Consumer Sciences | Department of Human Development and Family Science

Social support has buffering role on poor diet behaviors, UGA study shows

Older African Americans who are dissatisfied with their lives tend to choose diets high in fat and low in fruits and vegetables. They can improve their health-and eating habits-through social support, according to new research from the University of Georgia.

November 2012 | College of Family and Consumer Sciences, Cooperative Extension |

UGA Cooperative Extension launches Zero Weight Gain Challenge during holidays

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents are proposing tips to help Georgians keep the pounds off during the holiday season. As part of a new program this year, agents are starting the Zero Weight Gain Challenge, which will include weekly emails about ways to reduce the holiday bulge.

June 2012 | College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Engineering | Institute of Human Development and Disability

UGA research aims to prevent farm-related injuries in youth

The biggest threat to the health and safety of most children and adolescents is a motor vehicle accident. But the one million American children and teens living or working on farms in the U.S. face an additional danger—the tractors in their own backyards.

October 2012 | College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences | Department of Entomology

West Nile numbers up this year; UGA gives tips on mosquito protection

Entomologists and public health officials are worried that a near record number of Georgians will be sickened with West Nile virus in 2012. The virus usually peaks between Aug. 15 and Sep. 15 in Georgia but had an earlier start this year.

October 2012 | Franklin College of Arts and Sciences | Department of Psychology

Look at smoking preferences reveals ‘left-digit’ price effects

Georgia sold 544 million packs of cigarettes in 2010, earning $201 million in state tax revenue. New research from the University of Georgia suggests a $1 tax increase would decrease consumption by 20 percent and almost triple revenues. The same tax is estimated to have similar effects in nine other states.

March 2012 | College of Public Health | Department of Health Promotion and Behavior

A lack of knowledge

Most college students understand how they can prevent the transmission of HIV but are less knowledgeable about HIV testing, according to a new University of Georgia study.

March 2012 | Office of the VP of Research | Obesity Initiative

A weighty challenge

University of Georgia researchers recently received funding to find ways to prevent or reduce childhood obesity, a health crisis of epidemic proportions in Georgia, through partnerships among University System of Georgia institutions and local communities.

March 2012 | College of Family and Consumer Sciences | Child and Family Development

ASPIRE: Because life happens

A new clinic at UGA will provide counseling services on a variety of topics, including individual and relationship issues, finances, housing and nutrition.

March 2012 | College of Education | Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education

Aiding teachers of students with autism

A University of Georgia graduate program in special education that has prepared scores of Georgia teachers to work with elementary-age students with autism over the last several years has received a new 4-year, $793,000 federal grant to train teachers to work with similarly challenged secondary-age students.

March 2012 | College of Veterinary Medicine | Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Amino acids fight addiction

Researchers in the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine have found that D-Serine, an amino acid being tested for the treatment of schizophrenia and other psychotic conditions, may also be useful in treating addiction.

March 2012 | College of Education | Department of Kinesiology

Even occasional smoking can impair arterial function

Even occasional cigarette smoking can impair the functioning of your arteries, according to a new University of Georgia study that used ultrasound to measure how the arteries of young, healthy adults respond to changes in blood flow.

March 2012 | Cooperative Extension | Walk Georgia Program

Georgians invited to walk… online

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents across the state are encouraging the people in their counties to increase their physical activity. As an incentive to get Georgians moving, agents are inviting them to spend eight weeks on a virtual walk around the state.

April 2012 | College of Family and Consumer Sciences | Department of Foods and Nutrition

Healthy foods missing from stores in low-income black neighborhoods

Most convenience stores have a wide variety of chips, colorful candies and bottles of sugar-sweetened carbonated beverages. While shoppers can buy calorie-heavy foods wrapped in pretty packages in these locations, what they usually can't find are the fresh produce, whole grains and low-fat dairy products necessary for a healthy diet. These stores are the only nearby food source for millions of Americans living in what are called food deserts, because they are isolated from affordable healthy food. In recent studies, University of Georgia foods and nutrition researchers uncovered the unequal distribution of food stores in one Southeast community.

March 2012 | Cooperative Extension | Nutrition and health

How much is too much to gain when eating for two?

UGA research shows that while some weight gain during pregnancy is expected, it varies from person to person - in that the obese should gain less, and an underweight woman should gain more. Moreover, women shouldn't seek to gain weight during pregnancy - instead, they should adhere to a healthy and balanced diet.

March 2012 | Cooperative Extension | Food and Safety

Keep food and water safe during stormy weather

When severe weather threatens, preparing before the storm hits can help you keep your food and water safe. UGA experts offer their advice on how best to do this.

April 2012 | Office of the VP of Public Service and Outreach | Fanning Institute

Live Healthy Columbus presents blueprint to combat childhood obesity

The University of Georgia Fanning Institute conducted the three-month health needs assessment and outlined nine strategies for community action for Columbus, Georgia. The community report describes factors specific to Columbus that contribute to childhood obesity and presents activities that will form the blueprint to make Columbus a "Live Healthy City."

March 2012 | School of Social Work |

Most female sex offenders were victims first

A UGA study that is the first to systematically examine a large sample of women child molesters shows that many were themselves victims of sexual abuse as children.

March 2012 | College of Education | Department of Kinesiology

Move to improve

A workplace program that encourages employees to set exercise goals substantially increased workers' physical activity, according to a new study by University of Georgia exercise and health researchers.

March 2012 | GRU / UGA Medical Partnership |

Partnering on behalf of Georgia

Forty aspiring physicians began their education in Athens Aug. 9 as the inaugural class of the Medical College of Georgia/University of Georgia Medical Partnership.

March 2012 | School of Social Work |

Professor of social work creates website for cancer survivors

At a young age, School of Social Work assistant professor Kimberly Clay developed an interest in the care and treatment of cancer patients and their families. Unfortunately, Clay's interest was the result of being one of those family members. Having a loved one with cancer inspired her to reach out to survivors.

March 2012 | College of Family and Consumer Sciences | Center for Family Research

Program deterring youth alcohol use has positive side effects

A University of Georgia program designed to reduce alcohol use, drug use and risky sexual behavior in African-American youth also reduces the likelihood of engaging in conduct problems by up to 74 percent two years later, according to a new study.

March 2012 | College of Family and Consumer Sciences | Institute of Traffic Injury Prevention

Reducing injuries, death toll on Georgia’s roads

Vehicular crashes are a leading cause of injury, death and mayhem, particularly among teens and young adults, and their dollar cost to society is estimated to be hundreds of billions of dollars. UGA’s Traffic Injury Prevention Institute was established in 1986 to provide education aimed at reducing traffic-related injuries and fatalities statewide.

March 2012 | College of Education | Department of Kinesiology

Regular exercise reduces patient anxiety by 20 percent

The anxiety that often accompanies a chronic illness can chip away at quality of life and make patients less likely to follow their treatment plan. According to a UGA research initiative, exercise might be the solution.

March 2012 | | Division of Student Affairs | Office for Violence Prevention

Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP)

A new UGA student organization, RSVP - Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention, aims to eliminate relationship and sexual violence from the UGA campus through education and outreach programs.

March 2012 | Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication | Department of Advertising and Public Relations

Side effects may vary

Prescription drug ads on television first hit the airwaves just more than a decade ago, but a new UGA study finds that most of them still do not present a fair balance of information, especially when it comes to the risk of side effects.

March 2012 | College of Family and Consumer Sciences | Department of Foods and Nutrition

Spices may protect against consequences of high blood sugar

Herbs and spices are rich in antioxidants, and a new University of Georgia study suggests they are also potent inhibitors of tissue damage and inflammation caused by high levels of blood sugar.

March 2012 | College of Education | Department of Kinesiology

The heat is on

University of Georgia kinesiology researchers launched a new study of 2,500 football players at 25 high schools across the state when pre-season practices begin in August. The goal was to provide the scientific data to help administrators and coaches set effective heat-related policies nationwide.

March 2012 | College of Family and Consumer Sciences | Department of Foods and Nutrition

The role of Vitamin D

A University of Georgia nutrition researcher has been awarded a $2.2 million grant to explore the role vitamin D plays in children’s health and the appropriate dose children should take as daily supplements in order to maintain healthy levels of vitamin D in their bloodstream.

March 2012 | College of Family and Consumer Sciences | Camp Magik

Treating post-traumatic stress first helps children overcome grief

Post traumatic stress disorder is commonly thought to affect victims of major trauma and those who witness violence, but a new University of Georgia study finds that it also can affect children who have lost a parent expectedly to diseases such as cancer.

March 2012 | Office of the VP of Research | Department of Horticulture

UGA research shows some plants can remove indoor pollutants

Some plants have the ability to drastically reduce levels of indoor pollutants, according to new research at the University of Georgia. Researchers showed that certain species can effectively remove air-borne contaminants, including harmful volatile organic compounds, suggesting a critical new role for plants in home and office environments.

April 2012 | Office of the VP of Public Service and Outreach | Fanning Institute for Leadership

Community health program graduates its first class

The Athens Health Network Community Health Partner Program, which is housed at the University of Georgia Fanning Institute for Leadership, held its first graduation ceremony in March. Five graduates were recognized for completing the eight-week training program.

April 2012 | College of Public Health | Environmental Health Science Department

Hidden Threats in Georgia Waterways - Pharmaceuticals

It's safe to say that Marsha Black has made some rather important discoveries during her accomplished scientific career. She’s published groundbreaking research on the impact of pharmaceutical drugs on the ecological health of our waterways, and her work is helping to connect the dots regarding the impact of industrial sites on downstream pollution.

April 2012 | College of Public Health | Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Public Health Impact

The University of Georgia's College of Public Health sponsors a TV series investigating topics of interest within the field of Health Sciences. Faculty, researchers, and students from the college discuss public health both in the United States and internationally.

April 2012 | Office of the VP of Public Service and Outreach | Archway Partnership

Federally Qualified Health Center for Clayton County

To continue addressing protracted indigent care in Clayton County, local partners are pursuing a federal designation as a Medically Underserved Area.

April 2012 | Office of the VP of Public Service and Outreach | Archway Partnership

Teen Maze Helps Pulaski Students Make Better Decisions

Teen Maze shows what happens if students make bad choices about drinking and driving, sexually related behaviors, and other juvenile justice issues that may face them. A hundred volunteers worked the maze that had all students in grades 7 through 12 wander through.