SPH Digest

SPH Digest

University of Michigan Summer Session in Epidemiology

The U-M SPH University of Michigan Summer Session in Epidemiology (UMSSE) marks its 50th anniversary this year with a series of special events, including a symposium on chronic disease (July 22) and a keynote address (July 29) by Jonathan M. Samet, MD, MS. Samet is a Distinguished Professor and the Flora L. Thorton Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, and director of the USC Institute for Global Health. “Attending the summer session as a graduate student in 1975 strongly influenced my decision to become an epidemiologist,” says SPH Professor Hal Morgenstern, who now directs the internationally acclaimed program. “And I’m sure it’s shaped the careers of countless others over the past 50 years.” 

Giving Blueday

In just 24 hours, SPH colleagues, friends, and alumni raised $42,412 online during U-M’s first-ever Giving Blueday. Held December 2, 2014, Giving Blueday was part of the university-wide Victors campaign. The majority of funds raised for SPH will support student scholarships, said SPH Dean Martin Philbert, noting that scholarships “are often the pivotal factor in making their SPH education possible.” For more on the school’s campaign—and to read SPH student stories—visit our Scholarship Stories pages.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine

The editorial office of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine is now based at U-M SPH, under the direction of Editor-in-Chief Matthew Boulton, professor of epidemiology and senior associate dean for global public health. Considered by many to be the world’s leading journal on prevention science and policy, AJPM has more than 10,000 print and electronic subscribers and receives over 90,000 article views per month on its website, many from primary care providers. “Under the Affordable Care Act, primary care physicians are being paid to use prevention to keep people healthier,” Boulton notes. “So our time has come.” The new editorial team has expanded the journal’s scope to include topics like injury prevention, LGBT health, immunizations, substance abuse, mental health, and the integration of primary care and public health.