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Temple U Public Health doctoral program – midterm update

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Hello Hello!

It has been way too long since my last post! Any guesses why? That’s right! I have been busy with coursework, my TAship and research in my new PhD program at Temple. So far the Ph.D in Public Health program has been great! The PH department is wonderful; faculty, staff, fellow graduate students, the undergraduates — everyone is great!

My courses this semester are all core classes: Fundamentals of Public Health (Bioethics & History), Epidemiology, and Theoretical Foundations of Health Behavior. While they are required courses, I am finding them to be challenging, useful and relevant on many levels.

Research wise, I am waiting on Drexel’s IRB to approve my stress and asthma study for another year. In the meantime, I am helping my advisor, Dr. Brad Collins, in his lab, the Health Behavior Research Clinic. Presently, I am helping put together a paper looking at how cue exposure therapy and cue extinction can predict likelihood of quitting smoking. I will write more on that in a later post.

Other than that, I am busy TAing (Teaching and Learning and Intro to Public Health). Lots of fun! I am also getting some experience running classes.

Lastly, I am heading off to APHA’s conference in Denver! I will try to blog a short review on that when I get back.

BACK TO WORK!

Accepted into Temple University’s Public Health Doctoral Program!

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Big news! I have been accepted to Temple University’s Public Health doctoral program, concentrating on Behavioral and Health Sciences. I am very excited to be working the other students and faculty at Temple. They have a great reputation for research in the public health, health psychology, and environmental health fields.

Starting the end of this month I will be TAing, taking advanced courses in statistics, research methods, public health theories and program evaluation. Hopefully, I will still have time for my work at the Clean Air Council, independent research, this blog and my music!

Wish me luck!

Public Health, Air Pollution and Global Warming

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The Lancet is currently featuring a new research and publication series that examines public health and global warming. There is still disagreement on whether or not global warming exists, and if it does, whether or not it is caused by human activity. As that argument has persisted concerns about how human activity impacts our immediate health has come to the forefront.

The same types of air pollution that are believed to cause global warming are known to cause and exacerbate diseases like asthma, cardiovascular disease and cancer. If governments are dragging their heels in disbelief about global warming maybe they need to take a look at the current rates of these diseases and the economic health costs associated with air pollution. Asthma alone is estimated to cost the U.S. $18 Billion, annually.

Reducing air pollution will not only help prevent climate change, but has an almost immediate positive impact on the health and well being of the entire human race, and reduces the economic burden accrued from pollution-related diseases. The public health benefits garnered from reducing air pollution are just as relevant as keeping the planet healthy. Even if you don’t believe in man-made global warming there are still plenty of reasons to reduce our energy consumption and emissions.

Onwards, to the future!