Epidemiology News

Alum explains how public health investigates COVID-19

CPH alumnus Jake Riley (14MS) is a disease prevention specialist with Johnson County Public Health. He recently co-presented an overview of how the department conducts disease investigation on COVID-19. Published April 2, 2020

Alums Kristin and Philip Van De Griend give back to their Iowa community

CPH alums Kristin and Philip Van De Griend (both 07MPH in epidemiology) first met over bagels at a Welcome Week event in the College of Public Health. Now the couple calls Orange City, Iowa, home. Published March 31, 2020

Virtual Spotlight: COVID-19 Update and Q&A

Join us for a virtual CPH Spotlight on Wednesday, April 1, from 1 to 2 p.m. for updates and a Q&A on the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers include Christine Petersen, Michael Pentella, and Bonnie Rubin. Submit your questions in advance! Published March 26, 2020

Parker, Pentella discuss COVID-19

Edith Parker, dean of the UI College of Public Health, and Mike Pentella, director of the State Hygienic Public Health Laboratory, recently spoke about the quickly emerging COVID-19 emergency. (Iowa Public Radio) Published March 19, 2020

Modeling the spread of infectious disease

Aaron Miller, assistant professor of epidemiology, recently answered a few questions about how computational tools are used to model, simulate, visualize, and understand the spread of disease, including COVID-19. Published March 18, 2020

Skipping breakfast frequently may be bad for your heart

A 2019 study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that skipping breakfast — on its own — was associated with an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease. "Non-breakfast eaters had 87% higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease," says Wei Bao, CPH assistant professor of epidemiology. (Insider) Published March 13, 2020

Alumnus Ghazi Kayali tracks viruses transmitted between animals and humans

CPH alumnus Ghazi Kayali, PhD, MPH, is part of a global network of scientists dedicated to researching novel viruses transmitted between animals and humans. Published March 12, 2020

Alumnus featured in story on experts who identify outbreak sources

CPH alumnus Ghazi Kayali (08PhD) is featured in segment on the news program 20/20 that takes a look at the experts who identify the source of an outbreak, determine its transmission, and work to stop its spread.  Published March 9, 2020

UI research suggests toilet flushing spreads C. diff in hospital bathrooms

Recent research suggests that an everyday occurrence--flushing a toilet--may play an important role in the spread of the most common hospital-acquired infection in the United States. Published February 26, 2020

The Rise–and Risks–of Vaping

Linked to an outbreak of severe lung injuries and more than 60 deaths, the use of e-cigarettes and vaping devices is clouded with troubling questions about safety. CPH investigators are increasing research into the health hazards of e-cigarettes. Published February 24, 2020


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