Past News


  • Message from Public Health Student Org to start off Public Health Week with Silent Auction and Art Event by Artists Against Overdose Mar 30. Flyer
  • Come support our Public Health Student Org Bake Sale wed Feb 13. Proceeds go to Charities of Hope. Flyer


  • Toy Drive – The Public Health Student Organization and Department of Community Medicine collected toys for Burgdorf Clinic.
    Toy Drive
  • On October 17, our public health students and department staff joined with University Health Professionals (UHP) as partners with End Hunger NE to package meals for distribution to many local programs.
    MPH students package meals End Hunger
  • Congratulations to Stacey Brown on her promotion to Associate Professor.
  • To better reflect for prospective students and colleagues the scope of our academic initiatives, we are adopting a more descriptive and inclusive identity. Henceforth, we will be known as The Program in Applied Public Health Sciences. Our new identity does not change curriculum or requirements of the MPH, PhD or Certificate options.
  • Hurricane Maria – 365 days and Counting: A Community Forum. Join us on September 20 at 2 p.m. in the Keller Auditorium, UConn Health when we will examine one aspect of this disaster – the challenges of meeting the immediate and ongoing needs of some 3,000 adults and children who have sought refuge here in Connecticut. Flyer
    The forum proved to be informative and inspirational. Panelists representing the Family Life Education Center, El Instituto, UCONN, the State Office of Emergency Services, the Capitol Region Education Council and several regional NGOs (Catholic Charities, Junta for Progressive Action, Salvation Army and Hispanic Health Council) joined with several Merelys Torres Garcia, Ashlyn Gonzalez and Dalianys Mercado Vargas to discuss the challenges of persons displaced around Connecticut in the hurricane’s aftermath. Evidence of coordinated effort to address the immediate needs of these persons and strategies for improving responses to future environmental challenges were presented. We thank everyone for their generous contributions of time, talent and emotion to the program.
  • As a follow-up to the forum, our program faculty, students and community partners are undertaking a qualitative pilot study of the impact of resettlement on the physical, mental, social and economic well-being of individuals and households. Under leadership of Candida Flores, Executive Director of the Family Life
    Education Center, a cohort of community members will work with MPH students to design and implement qualitative assessment tools to explore the impact of resettlement on employment, healthcare, housing, social support, food security, public safety and domestic violence, substance use, child development, transportation, culture and community cohesion.
  • Congratulations to Tara Lutz PhD, MPH, CHES on her appointment to Assistant Professor.  Dr. Lutz received her PhD in Public Health and MPH from UConn.  She was most recently a postdoctoral fellow at the UConn A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities focused on public health and disability initiatives.
  • State Senator Doug McCrory, Democratic Deputy President Pro Tempore was keynote speaker at the New Student Convocation for MPH and PhD in Public Health students on August 22nd. He addressed “The Disparities in Mental Health Treatment for Minorities” and “The Importance of Data Collection in Healthcare”.  Convocation announcement  Info on Speakers at Convocation 2018
  • Congratulations to Toan H. Ha, M.D., Dr.P.H.  on his appointment to Assistant Professor. Dr. Ha received a Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) from the University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston; a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from Tay Nguyen University, Vietnam; and a Master of International Health (MIH) from Copenhagen University, Denmark. He brings extensive experience in international health, public health practice and research to the department. He has been working in the area of sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS for the past 15 years as a researcher, program manager, and policy advocate in the U.S. and Vietnam.
  • A recent presentation addressed Twenty Years After Columbine: Private Guns vs. Public Health. View the agenda and video.


  • Richard G. Stevens, Ph.D., professor, Community Medicine and Health Care at UConn Health, joins Ray Dunaway to discuss the upcoming time change (fall back). It’s all about what time a person must be to work or school, and what time one must get up to be there on time: after sunrise, or before. Dr. Stevens also recently wrote about why breast cancer risk is HIGHER in western parts of each time zone. (Aired Nov. 2, 2017, on WTIC Newstalk 1080)
  • A forum was held on Oct. 11, 2017 with the CT Dept of Public Health Commissioner Raul Pino, MD, MPH (our 2009 MPH graduate) to exchange ideas on population health and structural changes that may be needed in CT to achieve and obtain better health outcomes.
  • At the forum, Barbara Case received the CT DPH Commissioner’s Award in recognition of her outstanding dedication to workforce development through the UConn M.P.H. Program.
  • On Sept. 6, 2017, the MPH Program welcomed John Scott for a workshop on Community Health Mapping (CHM). Mr. Scott came to us from the National Library of Medicine Center for Public Service Communications. There were nearly 50 registrants for his workshop.
  • Gambling on a Third Casino
    As Connecticut considers a third casino, UConn Health addiction expert Thomas Babor discusses the growing gambling epidemic and its potentially negative impact on our society and our health.
  • “Gambling with the Public’s Health: A Global Evaluation of the Modern Gambling Epidemic” – the slides and broadcast of the Public Health grand rounds featuring Professor Pekka Sulkunen, a sociologist from Finland.
    Watch video
  • Joe Camel in a Bottle
    An op-ed piece expressing that the alcohol industry still makes ads appealing to youth.
  • Substance Abuse: The Case for Early Intervention
    A new compilation of research reports edited by two UConn Health researchers finds that a brief, early intervention may keep someone who’s at moderate risk of abusing drugs or alcohol off that dangerous path.


  • Barry Levy, MD, MPH presented “Climate Change and Human Rights,” at the MPH New Student Convocation, in Keller Auditorium, on Aug 25, 2016.
    Watch video
  • Congratulations to Helen Swede on her promotion to Associate Professor.
  • Students working in Community Garden
    Community Garden