Category Archives: Feature stories

Understanding Obesity — Starting with a Baby’s First Meal

September 07

Children who have an obese mother are 2-to-3 times more likely to be obese as well. Ellen Demerath wants to understand why this happens. “We need to further explore the link between a mother’s weight, her nutrition, and her baby’s weight. We’re trying to cut off childhood obesity very early…

Still Smoking

August 29

Many Americans don’t need to watch reruns of Mad Men to recall a time when airplanes had smoking “sections,” cigarettes were advertised on billboards and available for purchase at vending machines, and lighting up was such a mainstay of the bar scene that the smell of smoke clung to your…

From New Grad to CEO in Two Years

August 28

After graduating with a finance degree from Brigham Young University, Brent Parsons (MHA ’15) worked in patient billing at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City. But he needed more. “I didn’t feel like I was close enough to the patients and truly making a difference in the care they received.”…

Amy Saupe (MPH '16) analyzes data from a recent outbreak.

Investigating Food Outbreaks

August 28

Every year, Minnesota experiences more than 40 foodborne disease outbreaks. The summer months see scores of Salmonella cases or E. coli poisoning, while winter brings norovirus infections by the droves. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is continuously collecting information on potential foodborne illness outbreaks via routine surveillance, or when…

Mother and baby

Opioid Use and Pregnancy

August 22

Non-medical use of opioids has skyrocketed. To further understand the epidemic, SPH Associate Professor and maternal health policy expert Katy Kozhimannil is researching how opioid use affects reproductive-age women, pregnant women, and infants. She found that 1.5 million reproductive-age women and 50,000 pregnant women across the U.S. reported using prescription…

Finding Her Field

June 01

Connor Jo Lewis discovers the field of biostatistics through a love of math and a drive to end cystic fibrosis, a disease she was diagnosed with as a child.

School of Public Health faculty, staff, and students at the March for Science in St. Paul, Minn on April 22

SPH at the 2017 March for Science

May 01
School of Public Health Professor Alan Lifson spoke to a crowd of 10,000 people from the Minnesota State Capitol steps at the April 22 March for Science. He reminded us that "there are policy issues that divide us a​s a​ state and a nation, but science should not be one...

Taking Policies to the White House

March 13

Public Health Administration and Policy MPH student Jake Maxon served as an intern at the White House to work on HIV/AIDS policy.

Making the Environment Their Business

February 07

SPH’s Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) works with businesses across the state to produce less waste and to save water and electricity.