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The impact of climate change on hurricanes – and how it affects public health

Research proves climate change is creating increasingly severe storms, which can create dangerous conditions for public health.

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What to know about loneliness, and why public health professionals are taking note

Feelings of isolation can have more of an impact on a person’s health than many believed in the past, and a new study shows it can actually contribute to risk factors for mortality.

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While not cessation, alternative tobacco products could be good for public health

While the use of products like electronic cigarettes isn’t ideal, studies show that these options are providing stepping stones for tobacco users looking to stop the habit.

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How toxic soil has become a public health issue at home and abroad

Because soil is something people come into contact with more often than they realize, it’s important for health professionals to weigh the effect contaminated soil can have on citizens in their local communities, and work to educate those at a higher risk.

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Update on the Zika virus: Cases decline, concerns remain

While the Zika virus was discovered 70 years ago, a rash of outbreaks shone a spotlight on the virus within the past few years. Attention rose considerably in 2015, when some of the first U.S.-based cases were discovered. While it appears Zika cases are on the decline, this doesn’t mean that the virus isn’t a […]

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A global concern: Air pollution increases risk of disease

The vast majority of the world deals with air pollution; this is a health issue that cannot be ignored. Not only outdoor air pollution can be harmful, indoor air pollution can also have a considerable impact on an individual’s overall health if air quality is low and a person has a long-term exposure to the […]

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Cardiovascular disease causes one-third of deaths worldwide: Educating the community for prevention

Currently, the need for public health professionals is on the rise – by 2022, organizations and government agencies will add more than 100,000 available public health positions, creating essential roles that must be filled. With a master’s degree from the University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, professionals can improve their […]

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Public health professionals: How to prevent drowning in your community

One of the biggest advantages of holding a Master of Public Health is the ability to make an impact within your community. Those with this level of skill and knowledge can educate citizens and work with local organizations to tackle some of the most pervasive health and safety issues in the area. Arizona and the […]

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WHO’s Annual World Health Statistics Report reveals state of global health

Every year, the World Health Organization analyzes data and figures from the world over to gain a better insight into the current condition of global public health. The report for 2017 was released in May and examines the status of its 194 member states and their progress in fulfilling the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. […]

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Disadvantages of vaccine skepticism

While vaccines have always encountered criticism, negative commentary surrounding inoculation is especially damaging in today’s day and age. There are various reasons why people are concerned with these injection-based medications, ranging from fear of disease contraction to the thought that vaccines themselves are unnecessary. According to a study from the Pew Research Center, 9 percent […]

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The Flint water crisis: An ongoing public health issue

When residents complained about unhealthy drinking water, officials in Flint balked. Months later, lead was detected in the water supply, spurning a controversy and crisis that rages on today.

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A look at the American Health Care Act

The AHCA was created as a replacement for the current Affordable Care Act. Here’s a breakdown on what’s included.

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Global gag rule: what the executive order means

The Mexico City policy will likely result in the reduction of healthcare and family planning services for people overseas.

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Science March on Washington: A closer look

The March for Science in Washington, D.C. gathered thousands of scientists and other private citizens on Earth Day.

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The future of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

The future of Medicare and Medicaid is on the table as Republican Senate members attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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Climate change and its impact on public health

What is climate change and how does it affect public health.

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Social Determinants and Their Effects on Quality of Life

Social determinants, including education and economic stability, have an impact on the quality of life in the U.S.

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Leading Causes of Death in the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found the top reasons for fatalities in the country. Here’s what to know.

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UA Public Health Degree Ranked One of the Best

Are you interested in a career in public health? The University of Arizona’s Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health was ranked one of the top programs in the nation. Here’s why.

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Cigarette smoking continues to decline in the U.S.

People cite a number of reasons for their decision to smoke. These can include growing up in a family of tobacco users, the action being a social activity or the “cool” portrayal of cigarettes in television and film. While many continue to smoke despite knowing the related health risks, the number of smokers is declining […]

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What you Need to Know About a Career in an ACO

As more ACOs pop up across the country, healthcare is being steered in a new direction.

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Why you want an MPH for a career in health services administration

Students interested in making the world a safer and healthier place to live can learn a lot from a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Arizona. The health services administration field enables people to manage the business side of healthcare, by leading a large number of employees and maintaining the fiscal aspect […]

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Careers in health promotion – your options with an MPH

Public health is a field that offers its professionals a wide number of career options. One of the most interactive career opportunities for public health professionals is a career in health promotion. Learn more about the potential career paths in health promotion.

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USB HIV test could help developing countries

In the early 1980s, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report which described a new, rare form of lung cancer that was becoming prevalent among young, gay men. As more individuals came forward with signs of the disease, the organization knew they had a serious illness of their hands. After years […]

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Measles eradicated from the Americas, WHO confirms

On Sept. 25, 2016, the World Health Organization announced that North and South America are officially free of the measles. Although this is groundbreaking news, it’s important to remember that the virus is still alive and well in other regions around the world and can be imported that way. Here’s closer look at the measles […]

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Flying and flu season – Tips public health officials should share to promote healthy travel

When the weather starts to get cold and blustery, people’s allergies increase while their immunity can decrease. Flu season is upon us, as cases of the illness start to rise in October and continue to add up until March at the earliest, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of course, some of […]

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One Health Movement for public health in full swing

The One Health Commission has created a specific day for organizations to implement movement-related projects and special events. On Nov. 3, 2016, Global One Health Day enabled academic, nonprofit and corporate institutions, students and experienced professionals to band together to promote public, global and planetary health issues, according to Cheryl Stroud, DVM, PhD, and executive […]

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Cigarette use among teens on the decline

At one time, the image of James Dean in a black leather jacket casually slouching was the epitome of cool. And that image would not have been complete without a cigarette in his mouth. Smoking was a sign of social status for teens, who wanted to emulate Hollywood heroes and other popular figures who promoted […]

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Flu season 2016-2017 in full swing across U.S.

Leaves are changing colors, sweaters are being pulled out of closets and hot drinks are taking the place of their iced counterparts. Fall is officially here and with it brings a less-than-pleasant annual tradition: flu season. While it is difficult to predict the severity of the flu in advance each year, public health organizations across […]

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5 reasons to earn a Master of Public Health degree

As a public health professional, you play an important role in educating others about important health topics. However, education is not only important for the people with which you work. Attaining a high level of training is important for your own career as well. If you are working in the field or recently completed your […]

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WHO map shows 92% of world lives with poor air quality

Every breath that a person takes brings life-giving oxygen into the body. However, those essential molecules are not the only things that get brought into a person’s lungs. The air that is breathed around the world often also contain pollutants that increase the risk of disease and can even lead to premature death. But despite […]

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4 resume tips for public health professionals

Your resume is your opportunity to connect with potential employers before you have even had a face to face meeting. Consequently, presenting yourself in the best possible light is critical. While a Master in Public Health degree is a valuable addition to your resume, you should make sure everything else on the page is up […]

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5 ways public health professionals can improve their communication skills

As a public health professional, being able to communicate effectively to the public is critical. Use these five tips to increase your ability to educate and inform the people with whom you work: 1. Consider your target audience. In public health, being able to engage with your audience is critical. If you cannot capture the […]

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Nutrition Trainer Uses MPH to Help Influence Public Health Policy

As an educator, Desiree Fields has worked through the Arizona Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to promote healthy living. Her work ensures that the dietitians, nutritionists and counselors she trains follow important safety regulations. Her training keeps their dietary guidance in line, trickling down to their clients and leading to a […]

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Online MPH Helps Nurse Transition Her Career While Living Abroad

In her 17-year nursing career, Emily Ann Vega has worked in the States and volunteered abroad, with a continual focus on educating ailing populations. From hospitals to field settings in Peru, she has witnessed how education and proper care combine to change lives. “There’s a group that comes to Peru, and I’ve been able to […]

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The Public Health Response to Gun Violence in the U.S.

Gun violence has become an increasingly prominent topic in the media over the last decade. As more instances of deaths caused by firearms hit the news circuit, solutions are proposed from a variety of sources, but little consensus is reached. In June, the American Medical Association officially declared gun violence a public health crisis in […]

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5 Steps to Avoid Burnout While Working in Public Health

The field of public health is incredibly important for the wellness of populations across the nation. However, in an industry where professionals give so much to help others, sometimes public health workers can forget to take care of their own needs. When this happens, it can result in burnout, a state of mental, emotional and […]

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Use your MPH to Become a Health Educator

Many of the public health concerns that face the U.S. today, such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes, could be prevented or lessened with proper education and preventive measures among patients. However, in many communities, access to the necessary resources and instruction is limited. As a result, there is great need in these areas for […]

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The University of Arizona and the Zika Virus

An important facet of working in the field of public health is responding to infectious diseases that threaten communities. While there are a number of infectious agents in the U.S. that meet that criteria, the one that is currently foremost in the mind of the public is the Zika virus, a pathogen spread by mosquitoes […]

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What can Public Health Students Learn from the Zika Virus?

Since Brazil identified the spread of the Zika virus within its borders in 2015, the disease has extended into a number of countries in both South and Central America. Recent identification of local transmission in Miami-Dade County, FL brings a new urgency to the response in the continental United States. Puerto Rico has been experiencing […]

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Key Facets of Opioid Abuse in the U.S.

Opioid abuse in the U.S. is an increasing concern in the realm of public health. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 44 people in the country die every day from a prescription drug overdose. More people died in 2014 from an overdose than any previous year on record, and about 60 percent […]

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6 Traits that Mark a Successful Public Health Professional

Whether you just completed your master of public health degree or have been out of school and working in the field for years, you likely chose your career because of the impact that you can have on individuals and communities. Consequently, it is important to ensure that you develop the appropriate skills to be successful […]

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What it Takes to Be a Nonprofit Manager in Public Health

If you are interested in obtaining a leadership role in a nonprofit organization in the field of public health, you should be familiar with the skills and qualifications that make a great manager. Qualities of the successful manager While knowledge of your chosen field is important, employers are increasingly looking for soft skills – the […]

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Concussions: A growing public health concern

Once upon a time athletes got knocked down on the field, maybe sat on the sidelines for a few minutes and then hopped back in the game. No blood, no foul. If you could still play, it was more or less assumed that the injury was not severe. However, an increasing amount of research has […]

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What is an Epidemiologist?

Public health is a many-faceted field. After all, to keep a large population healthy is no simple feat. It requires a large number of professionals working in a variety of roles toward the common good. One of these areas is the study of epidemiology, a branch of medicine that looks at incidences of diseases and […]

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The Zika Virus and Public Health

Since it first came to the attention of the international medical community in 2015, the Zika virus has become a global concern that is an increasing priority of public health professionals around the world. As someone with a passion for the field of public health, you can play an important role in the containment, prevention […]

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Three Techniques for Being Proactive in Solving the Obesity Epidemic

The obesity epidemic is one of the major health crises affecting the U.S. today. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, approximately 1 in 3 people in the U.S. are obese, and 2 out of 3 are overweight or obese. Obesity can lead to a worse quality of life, a […]

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Five Countries with the Greatest Water Scarcity Issues

In the U.S., people are lucky enough to consider water as an amenity. It comes out of faucets without a second thought. People can buy bottles of water on any city street corner, or take a sip from water fountains. However, this convenience can’t be found everywhere. In some parts of the world, people experience […]

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How to Battle the Air Pollution Crisis

Air pollution and climate change are two of the largest public health issues that currently face this country. Health complications related to air pollution kill more people than AIDS and malaria combined. Clearly, significant changes need to be implemented to have a strong impact on reducing air pollution rates. While the U.S. has already made […]

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Why Being a Local Public Health Official Matters

Public health students have many options when looking at career choices. Some people may choose to become activists, others become policy makers. However, some people become public health officials, a prestigious role to be in. Like many other public health careers, the objective is to look out and care for the community the officer is […]

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Best Ways to Alleviate Stress

It’s inevitable that college students get stressed sometimes. However, this stress can be overbearing, and can push students to the breaking point. Naturally, it can be difficult to balance schoolwork, part-time jobs, internships and a social life. In any master’s degree program, there’s going to be a lot of work. Finding proper ways to balance […]

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What to Learn from the New 2015 Nutritional Guidelines

The new nutritional guidelines from the United States departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture were recently released. These guidelines are updated every five years and provide Americans with new answers on what to eat and what not to eat. Each year, the guidelines carry a similar tone: Eat more fruits and vegetables, and […]

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The 5 Most Rewarding Careers in Public Health

Whether you’re considering getting your degree in public health or you’re already taking courses, this field has a lot of options. Finding a rewarding career after several years of education is always the mission. Consider these five rewarding careers if you’re pursuing an online masters in public health degree. 1. Health promotion Health Promotion encompasses […]

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