Our Year in Review

In 2017, the University of Michigan School of Public Health continued its pursuit of a healthier, more equitable world. With a spirit of compassion and a dedication to inclusion and innovation, our faculty, staff, students, and alumni worked to create meaningful, lasting impact. From health care reform to hurricanes, Michigan Public Health was on the…

By the Numbers

95 bachelor’s degree students formed the first undergraduate cohort 1,172 students 302 student internships 2 inspiring student graduation speakers 308 scholarship recipients  $200K+ to fund global public health internships Abram Wagner, one of 3 Michigan Public Health researchers to receive a Fulbright  Scholar Award to do public health work abroad 166 grants awarded 797 papers published…

Health Care Reform

Legislators and insurance companies alike lobbed challenges at the Affordable Care Act in 2017. Faculty at Michigan Public Health influenced the conversation with evidence-based insights into health policy, insurance, spending, and reform. “The first Republican attempt to repeal and replace may have failed, but that doesn’t mean Obamacare is safe. The failure of the American…

Opioid Crisis

Drug overdose remains the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths in the US, and about 90 Americans still die each day from opioid overdoses, according to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Policy and chronic disease experts at Michigan Public Health are working to better understand various aspects of this tragic epidemic. “My…

Cancer

The International Agency for Research on cancer estimates that, by 2030, there will be 21.7 million new cancer cases and 13 million cancer deaths. Researching cancer prevention and treatment remained at the forefront of our efforts this year, with big data and global partnerships among the top stories. “The global burden of cancer is increasing…

Natural Disasters

From hurricanes and flooding to wildfires and earthquakes, the world faced many deadly natural disasters throughout this year—and the public health implications of each are still being assessed. Members of the Michigan Public Health community have played key roles in response, recovery, and preparation for future disasters. In November, 14 Michigan Public Health students had…

Air & Water Quality

Air and water are precious resources and are at risk across the state of Michigan and around the globe. Members of the Michigan Public Health community partnered with community and environmental justice groups to address concerns and ensure that our research would have immediate impacts on health policies and local interventions. Stephanie Sayler, an alum…

Zika

More than 223,000 new cases of the Zika virus were identified in 2017. Faculty and students at Michigan Public Health continue to study this mosquito-borne virus, its health implications, and prevention efforts. Mosquito control and Zika prevention might be even more complicated than originally thought, according to research published this year by Michigan Public Health…