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 that understanding.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 veterans.
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.
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 soap.
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.
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.
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.