Faculty focus on understanding the determinants and prevention
of disease, on the role of environmental factors in health and
disease and on the administration of health programs to implement
An expert on dioxin toxicology, James Olson served on a national
panel that studied the health effects of Vietnam veterans who were
exposed to herbicides, including Agent Orange, and advised
officials on policy decisions regarding compensation for
OGHI founder Arthur Goshin and his team are creating a
community-based program in rural villages of India that focuses on
children with a range of physical disabilities, and are developing
training for workers who care for disabled children.
With colleagues in China, Xuefeng Ren is working on several
projects to understand the adverse health effects related to
arsenic exposure in Hetao Plain in Inner Mongolia, where the
drinking water is highly contaminated by arsenic.
Clinical Associate Professor John Stone’s work helps
health and rehabilitation service providers bridge culture gaps by
understanding their clients’ cultural orientations as the
United States’ foreign-born population continues to rise.
Through a partnership with the World Health Organization’s
tropical diseases research program and the Uganda Ministry of
Health, this study will help design a plan for a new intervention
to treat malaria in children in Uganda.
Lina Mu’s research examines how pollution and
epidemiological factors influence cancer in China, where the
incidence of lung cancer in females is among the highest in the
world, and is studying the short-term effects of air pollution
among Beijing residents.
Faculty in the SPHHP are engaged in work dedicated
to understanding how complex factors may affect
childhood obesity including policy, economics, and
environments. Projects are guiding interventions that
will help fight the growing global epidemic.
Xuefeng Ren’s research in China will explore the health
impacts in humans of exposure to chemical additives such as
Organotins, which can be leached from PVC water supply pipes into
drinking water or the air.
Collaborating with their colleagues in both hemispheres, UB
researchers are conducting a case control study of breast cancer in
Puerto Rico and implementing the first large-scale cervical cancer
screening project in northeast India.
Pavani Kalluri Ram, an assistant professor in the Department of
Epidemiology and Environmental Health, is leading a team of
doctoral students and research assistants in evaluating UNICEF
programs in Kenya, Nepal and Zambia that promote hand washing with
Working with the Child Health and Development Centre at Makerere
University, Uganda, this study, led by OGHI founder Arthur Goshin,
this study seeks to improve maternal health and birth weight,
nutrition and growth in children.
The Office of Global Health Initiatives is improving school and
community health with a series of public health interventions in
countries in Asia and Africa, working with villagers on key issues
such as safe water.
Our mission is to identify, engage in and advance innovative and
sustainable solutions to significant global health problems. We
achieve this through collaborative approaches to education,
research and service for populations and individuals.