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 2017 - 2018 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​

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. Check back in the fall of 2018 for new submission dates

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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University of Rochester newest member of ASPPH

ASPPH is the voice of accredited academic public health, representing schools and programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) is a 501c3 membership organization located in Washington, DC.

Our mission is to strengthen the capacity of members by advancing leadership, excellence, and collaboration for academic public health. Our members are CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health as well as schools and programs in applicant status for CEPH-accreditation.

Congratulations 2017-2018 Graduates

Congratulations to Chelsea Katz and Alina Denham!

Congratulations to HSRP PhD students Chelsea Katz and Alina Denham for their awards at the 2018 annual conference of the Upstate Chapters of the American Statistical Association Chelsea received a bronze medal best student research award in theory and methodology. Alina received young scientific leader award.

In Memoriam: Stephen J. Kunitz »

The emeritus professor of Public Health Sciences, who served as the department's acting chair from 1994 to 1997, passed away April 5. He had a distinguished and prolific academic career during which he authored many acclaimed books and papers and mentored many graduate students.

18th Annual Saward-Berg Honorary Lecture

The Department of Public Health Sciences is pleased to announce that this year’s Saward-Berg Honorary Lecture titled “The uses of Hippocratic epidemiology” will be delivered by Albert Hofman, MD, PhD, an internationally recognized scientific leader in the epidemiology of common neurologic and vascular diseases, particularly dementia and stroke. This annual event will be held on Friday, April 6th, 2018, from 10.30-11.50 am in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. Registration is not required to attend this event.  All are welcome to attend!

International Partners in Seychelles Study Gather in Rochester


Congratulations to Wei Song on having two!! abstracts accepted to AcademyHealth for oral presentation!

  • Fewer Falls after Antihypertensive Drug De-Intensification in VHA Community Living Centers.
  • Evaluating the Impact of VHA COACH Program

Congratulations to Huiwen Xu on having an abstract concocted last minute and very well done accepted to AcademyHealth for oral presentation!

  • Impact of States’ Medicaid Spending on HCBS and Nursing Home Reimbursement Rates on Successful Discharge of SNF Residents to Community.