A simple, inexpensive method to capture the new coronavirus in wastewater could speed up detection of COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes, dorms and low-resource settings, according to new research by UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) Professor and Associate Chair Scott Meschke and colleague
Blog entry | January 20, 2021
Blog entry | January 12, 2021
DEOHS Assistant Professor Dr. Coralynn Sack
Blog entry | December 22, 2020
In a year like no other, DEOHS faculty, students and staff quickly pivoted to tackle new threats posed by the pandemic. We contributed to Washington state's COVID-19 response, showed the effectiveness of self-sampling for the virus and assessed impacts on essential workers—not to mention our furry friends.
Blog entry | November 20, 2020
Elizabeth Torres with El Proyecto Bienestar.
Blog entry | November 09, 2020
DEOHS Professor Elaine Faustman
Blog entry | August 07, 2020
“When I explain my thesis project to people, they are always excited to hear about me working with marine animals,” Alexandria Vingino said. “And then I explain to them that I'm not really working with marine animals, I'm working with what’s in their poop.”
Blog entry | July 27, 2020
“How can we make our operating room safer during the pandemic?” When Dr. James Hecker, an anesthesiologist at UW Medical Center, heard this question from a fellow physician, he thought about the problem not just as a doctor but also as an engineer.
Blog entry | July 23, 2020
How many times can a health care worker safely reuse a face mask?
Blog entry | July 01, 2020
Blog entry | June 12, 2020
When Michael Rosenfeld started college, he planned to become a labor historian. But his cell biology professor at Grinnell College turned him on to science.
Blog entry | May 20, 2020
Alexa Yadama BS, Environmental Health Hometown Pullman, WA Future plans A career in environmental or public health, and eventually a master’s in public health. “ I really appreciate mixing public health with my science background and helping people with the knowledge I have.”
Blog entry | May 08, 2020
The University of Washington Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) was recently awarded funding for four new projects to address the health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Blog entry | April 27, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to adapt—whether that means throwing together dinner from pantry staples or tackling an urgent public health concern with some ingenuity and left-over materials in your lab.
Blog entry | April 17, 2020
Are our pets at risk for COVID-19?
Blog entry | April 14, 2020
Ola i ka Wai. Water is life. Tyler Gerken MS, Environmental Health Hometown: Kea’au, Hawai’i Island, HI Future plans: A career in the US Public Health Service, perhaps as an environmental health officer for the National Park Service or the Indian Health Service
Blog entry | March 31, 2020
Five months ago, I sat in a University of Washington classroom learning about how governments respond to emergencies in a course called “Disasters and Public Health,” part of my MPH program in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS).
Blog entry | March 31, 2020
Are you a business owner or worker grappling with the impact of COVID-19 on your workplace? See our COVID-19 resource guide for businesses and employees
Blog entry | March 25, 2020
Editor's note: Results from this study were published June 3, 2020, in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Blog entry | March 25, 2020
How are you coping with the COVID-19 outbreak? What are your family and your community doing to adapt to life under Washington’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order with gatherings banned, travel curtailed and schools and nonessential businesses closed?
Blog entry | March 24, 2020
People wait in line at a TB clinic in Bangladesh. Photo: Gerard Cangelosi
Blog entry | March 23, 2020
Water is essential for life, but in communities with inadequate sanitation, it can also spread diseases like polio, typhoid and hepatitis A. By monitoring wastewater and water sources contaminated by wastewater for pathogens in fecal matter, researchers and public health workers can help stop waterborne illnesses in their tracks.
Blog entry | March 18, 2020
Our empty roads and restaurants reflect our new reality: Many workers are now working remotely in response to the coronavirus outbreak. But what if your work requires your presence?
Blog entry | March 12, 2020
The interdisciplinary Center for Exposures, Diseases, Genomics and Environment, part of the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, recently released a set of eight videos on what to do and not do in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Blog entry | February 07, 2020
Countries including the US are taking dramatic steps to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, with some barring entry to anyone who has recently visited China. But do travel bans work?
Blog entry | January 21, 2020
Many state and local health agencies recognize the threat of climate change but need more resources and clearer, more flexible guidance to reduce its impact on public health, according to a new study from the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS).
Blog entry | January 17, 2020
Read more about the School of Public Health’s role with the Population Health Initiative in the new UW Public Health magazine.
Blog entry | November 19, 2019
According to the analysis, “strategic investments in a coordinated global-pandemics initiative would likely have a return ratio of between $17 and $20 on every $1 spent.” Curbing pandemics might also address shared global challenges, such as gender and social inequalities, and support climate adaptation and mitigation.
Blog entry | October 22, 2019
Could bacteria in your shower make you sick? DEOHS Professor Gerard Cangelosi
Blog entry | October 17, 2019
Herders with their horses in Mongolia.
Faculty Member | May 12, 2020
My group carries out research on the ecology and epidemiology of enteric (food and waterborne) diseases. We use environmental microbiology and environmental epidemiology methods to study water quality, food safety, and the impact of climate and land use change on the transmission of diarrheal diseases.