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Welcome to Public Health Sciences



The Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS) has funds to support a limited number of Pilot Projects. The overall goal of the pilots is to stimulate new interdepartmental collaborations with PHS faculty, and should have a substantial component of or potential impact on population health.

The deadline for submitting initial applications is May 15, 2017


Message from the Chair, Ann Dozier, Ann Dozier, MDPh.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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Public Health Sciences is celebrating the 2017 PhD graduating class as one of it's largest, see 2017 Graduates for list of all graduates

Public Health Sciences (PHS)

Peter Veazie, PhD, Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences,  has recently published a new book titled “What Makes Variables Random: Probability for the Applied Researcher.”  This book provides an introduction to the foundations of probability that underlie the statistical analyses used in applied research. By explaining the structure of probability in terms of measure theory, it gives the applied researchers a conceptual framework to guide statistical modeling and analysis, and to better understand and interpret results.   It is intended to augment existing calculus-based textbooks on probability and statistics and is specifically targeted to researchers and advanced undergraduate and graduate students in the applied research fields of the social sciences, psychology, and health and healthcare sciences.

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Ashley Holub, PhD student of Public Health Sciences received 3rd place honors in the National Lipid Association Young Investigator Competition for an abstract entitled: The Effects of Aspirin in Combination with EPA and DHA on HDL Cholesterol and ApoA1 Exchange in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Xi Cen, PhD student of Public Health Sciences, has been selected as a recipient of the student travel award from Academy Health.  Xi will present "Medicare Bundled Payments for Post-Acute Care", a research paper with Yue Li, PhD and Helena Temkin-Greener, PhD at the 2017 Academy Health Long Term Services and Supports Interest Group meeting on June 24 in New Orleans

17th Annual Saward-Berg Honorary Lecture was held on March 29th, 2017, R. Tamara Konetzka, PhD presented “Two Decades of Nursing Home Compare: What Have We Learned.   Events Saward-Berg Lecture

Amina Alio, PhD, Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences, has been awarded the J. William Fulbright Scholarship grant to study HIV among women (sex workers) in Niger.

Deborah J. Ossip, PhD, Professor, Director Smoking Research Program, has been appointed to the FDA Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC)

Scott Steele, PhD, Director of the CTSI Regulatory Science Core has been selected to serve on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Science Board.  The Board provides advice to the Commissioner and other FDA offcials, exploring issues from gene editing or regulation of opioids to food safety, and aims to help the FDA keep pace with technical and scientific developments.

AAMC Taps URMC for National Community Health and Equity Initiative. Theresa Green, PHD, MBA, spearheaded the proposal which led to URMC being selected as just one of eight institutions chosen by the Association of American Medical Colleges to join the collaboration, which will map our community health activities, evaluate their impacts, help us share best practices and foster the development of targeted actions.