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The Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS) has funds to support a limited number of Research Pilot Projects. The objective of the pilot project should be relevant to the mission of PHS, namely it should have a substantial component of or impact on public health sciences, practices, or policies. The focus of the pilot program is to stimulate new collaborations with PHS faculty. Therefore, we are soliciting proposals that support collaborative relationships between investigators who do not have a recent history (past 3 years) of joint funding or who are looking to expand their current collaborative efforts into new directions, and for whom the pilot project would be catalytic in their effort to obtain extramural funding. Applicants may request a maximum of $25,000 for the duration of one year and must hold a position of Assistant Professor or higher.  Funding Opportunity


Message from the Chair, Ann Dozier, Ph.D.

Welcome to the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center. We are a welcoming, dynamic group dedicated to the improvement of health and health care among diverse populations through research, learning, and community partnerships. Our faculty members engaged in research activities across the lifespan from maternal-child health to long-term care. Our scientific inquiry uses a range of rigorous methodologies from high powered analytics to mixed methods. Our educational offerings provide multiple alternatives. These include PhD programs in Epidemiology and Health Services Research, Master's programs in Public Health, Epidemiology, Clinical Investigation, and Health Services Research, and 6 Advanced Certificates in Epidemiology, Health Services Research, Biomedical Informatics, Public Health, and Regulatory Science. I invite you to explore our website to learn more about who we are and the services we offer.

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Deborah J. Ossip, PhD

In recognition of outstanding accomplishments in the field of Nicotine and Tobacco Research, the Board of Directors of The Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco congratulates Deborah J. Ossip, PhD for being named an SRNT Fellow.  Fellows are listed at

Helena Temkin-Greener, PhD received the Weiler Award

At the annual meeting of the APHA,  Helena Temkin-Greener, PhD received the Weiler Award for Leadership in Aging and Public Health. This is an award from the Aging and Public Health Section of the APHA which, according to a statement from the APHA “recognizes the best of past and present leadership concerned with ensuring the highest quality of life for our older population. Recipients are individuals and organizations who have provided leadership in the field of genrontological health, and include, but are not limited to, public officials, policy-makers, practitioners, teachers, and researchers."

2017 - 18 PHS Pilot Award Winners

Familial Hypercholesterolemia: Improving Health Via Songwriting

Multiple PIs: Robert Block, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Dept of Public Health Sciences, Scott McIntosh, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept of Public Health Sciences, Geoffrey Williams, MD, PhD, Professor, Dept of Medicine and Center for Community Health; Co-Investigators: Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, PhD, Professor, Composition Dept, Eastman School of Music Kate Shannon, MS, MT-BC, Spectrum Creative Arts, LLC

Investigating the role of the AhR in the pathogenesis of UVR skin sensitivity in Lupus patients

Investigators: Co-PI: Lisa A DeLouise, PhD, Associate Professor, Dermatology; Co-PI: Todd Jusko, PhD Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences; Co-investigator: Jennifer Anolik, MD PhD Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

New Study will Explore Air Pollution’s Impact on the Developing Fetus

The new $2.49 million National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences-sponsored study will be led by David Rich, Sc.D., M.P.H., an associate professor in the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) Department of Public Health Sciences, and Jim Zhang, Ph.D., with Duke University.


AnnaLynn Williams, a doctoral candidate in Epidemiology, received a F99/K00 Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Transition Award from the National Cancer Institute.

Ms. Williams will examine the potential impact of cancer treatment and inflammation on cancer-related cognitive impairment and other psychosocial symptoms. This award will provide a pre- and post-doctoral translational and multidisciplinary research training experience for Ms. Williams, who intends to pursue a career in cancer survivorship research that addresses questions of direct clinical relevance using an innovative research paradigm that combines public health, clinical, and basic science approaches. This is of emerging importance as the number of cancer survivors is expected to reach 18 million by 2022. Ms. Williams primary co-mentors are Edwin van Wijngaarden, Ph.D. and Michelle Janelsins, Ph.D. (Divisions of Epidemiology and Cancer Control and Survivorship respectively); in addition she is mentored by Christopher Seplaki, Ph.D. (Division of Epidemiology)  and Clive Zent, M.D. (Dept. of Hematology/Oncology).


  • Rochester will create a new coordinating center for the Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program with funding from the National Institutes of Health. The new Center for Leading Innovation and Collaboration will coordinate over 50 of the nation’s top biomedical research institutes, including the University’s own Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Read more…