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New study provides a comprehensive overview of US public health workforce

While acknowledging that public health workforce shortages are likely to persist, the paper identified strategies that policymakers could adopt to alleviate shortages, including taking proactive steps to increase the diversity of the workforce, introducing loan repayment programs for public health graduates, reforms to the government hiring process, and increased public health worker protections.

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Ransomware attacks on America’s health care systems more than doubled from 2016 to 2021, exposing the personal health information of millions

The report from the University of Minnesota (U of M) School of Public Health (SPH) shows that ransomware attacks on healthcare providers are not just increasing in frequency, they are also becoming more severe — exposing larger quantities of personal health information and affecting large organizations with multiple health care facilities.

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With $2.9 million NIH grant, U of M School of Public Health researchers will explore alcohol’s role in oral cancers

Despite the existence of strong epidemiological evidence that alcohol is a risk factor for various oral cancers, the specific mechanisms of alcohol’s carcinogenicity in the mouth and upper aerodigestive tract (UADT) remain unclear. A new study from researchers at the University of Minnesota (U of M) School of Public Health (SPH) aims to address this gap by tracing alcohol’s role in oral cancers and helping to develop strategies for their early detection and prevention. 

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Study from U of M School of Public Health selected as “Editor’s Choice” by Women’s Health Issues 

A study from researchers at the U of M School of Public Health (SPH) has been selected by editorial staff at the prestigious Women’s Health Issues journal as its Editor’s Choice selection for the November/December 2022 edition. The SPH study focused on the uneven distribution of maternal illness and death in the U.S., with some populations bearing substantially greater risk, including Medicaid-insured individuals, rural residents and Black and Indigenous patients.

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U of M School of Public Health Launches New Undergraduate Public Health Major

he University of Minnesota Board of Regents recently approved an undergraduate major in public health, a new degree program aimed at meeting the state’s critical need for a skilled, diverse public health workforce. The new Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in public health, scheduled to launch in the fall of 2023, will be housed in the U of M’s School of Public Health (SPH).

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