SPH Digest

SPH Digest

Jake Johnson, above left, says that being at SPH “makes you more socially aware and conscious of doing your part.” A second-year health management and policy student, Johnson is the philanthropy chair of the Public Health Student Assembly, which raises thousands of dollars every year for causes like the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and the Red Cross Measles Initiative. PHSA volunteers also work locally with disabled children and with Ann Arbor’s Food Gatherers. With Johnson is Charlotte Rath of Students Engaged in Global Health, a university-wide group that gives students hands-on international public health experience. Rath was selling baked goods to help offset the costs of a student trip to Nicaragua.

SPH student Noam Kimelman and a group of classmates have launched Get Fresh Detroit, a business that packages and distributes fresh produce to party, convenient, and liquor stores in Michigan’s largest city. “Our mission is to transform the retail of fresh and healthy foods into a profitable and convenient operation for storeowners, who typically stock very little in the way of fresh and healthy,” says Kimelman, who’s pursuing a dual degree in public health and urban planning. Last fall, he and his colleagues wrapped up a successful prototype phase with six stores and began acquiring capital to expand across Detroit, with a goal of 150 stores by the end of 2011.

The American Society for Nutrition has chosen Dana Dolinoy, the UM SPH Searle Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, as the 2011 recipient of the Norman Kretchmer Memorial Award in Nutrition and Development. The award is given to a young investigator with a substantial body of independent research with the potential to improve child health. Dolinoy studies the processes by which nutritional and environmental factors interact with epigenetic gene regulation to shape health and disease. Visit her lab site.

Coming on Strong!

  • The University of Michigan School of Public Health advanced to 4th from 5th in this year’s U.S. News & World Report graduate school rankings.
  • The UM SPH health management program remaining first in the nation; it has been ranked first by U.S. News & World Report in every ranking since 1993.
  • Rankings are based on the results of peer-assessment surveys sent to deans, other administrators, and faculty at accredited degree programs or schools in a given discipline. U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked UM SPH among the top five public health schools in the nation.