Statistical support for thesis-related research

The Center for Public Health Statistics and Department of Biostatistics will now provide *free* statistical support for up to five hours of thesis-related research for any CPH graduate student.

If you are working on your thesis problem, and you don’t have grant support for statistical expertise, and you could use a little statistical help, then visit our website at, click on Analytic Support, and then click Support Request. After submitting your support request, a biostatistician from our office will contact you to set up a time to meet.

We hope that through this opportunity we can help you to complete your important research, and we look forward to working with you. Feel free to contact if you have any questions.

USPSTF issues recommendation on screening for unhealthy alcohol use

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that primary care clinicians screen all adults, including pregnant women, for unhealthy alcohol use.

Unhealthy alcohol use is increasing among adults. Unhealthy alcohol use is the third leading preventable cause of death in United States. About 88,000 people die each year from alcohol-related causes—deaths that could have been prevented.

Drinking and driving is always unsafe, but it is particularly dangerous among adolescents; one in five teen drivers involved in fatal car accidents had alcohol in their system.

“There isn’t enough evidence to know if screening and providing counseling to adolescents in primary care settings helps address alcohol use,” adds Task Force chair Sue Curry, Ph.D. “We continue to call for more research and encourage primary care clinicians to use their judgment when deciding whether to screen adolescents.”

This recommendation statement has been published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association, as well as on the Task Force web site.

Read the full press release from the USPSTF Bulletin (clicking this link will download a PDF to your computer)


Research begun in MPH practicum project published

A research study undertaken as part of a Master of Public Health degree practicum project found that many veterinarians do not take adequate measures to protect themselves from common occupational hazards, including animal bites, needle sticks, and cuts, which could expose them to zoonotic diseases.

The study, led by Kerry Rood, a recent graduate of the College of Public Health’s MPH degree program for practicing veterinarians, was published in the Journal of Agromedicine. Rood is an extension veterinarian and associate department head in the Department and Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences at Utah State University.

Read the study at