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Keeping the 'Public' in Public Health

Learn more about the impact our community is having on the health of people and populations. 

People walking on polluted beach.

Nanoscale plastic particles like those that permeate most food and water pass from pregnant rats to their unborn children and may impair fetal development, according to a Rutgers study that suggests the same process happens in humans.

Pregnant person in yellow shirt.

Rutgers study of cadmium in pregnant women yields crucial insights into the placenta’s role in regulating toxin exposure

People in hazmat suits in parking lot.

When it comes to disaster response and recovery operations, it is crucial that workers are prepared before there is an emergency, according to Rutgers researchers.

Person in car wearing mask and getting temperature checked.

New grant money will help the Rutgers School of Public Health strengthen the public health workforce throughout New Jersey by providing 50 percent tuition scholarships to 84 students.

Staying Connected

The Scarletter is the school's seasonal newsletter, reporting on student, alumni, faculty, and staff research, achievements, and impact. You can learn more about the Scarletter and read past issues here.

Public Health Will Change the World

Person pouring water from tap.

The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced new federal rules requiring water companies to reduce the amount of so-called forever chemicals – which have been linked to increase cancer risk and other illnesses – in drinking water nationwide. Robert Laumbach, a clinical researcher with the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute who has been studying forever chemicals in the drinking water in Gloucester County, talked to Rutgers Today about what they are and how they impact human health.

Sam Nemeth

Samuel ‘Sam’ Nemeth, a Master of Public Health student specializing in Population Aging at Rutgers School of Public Health, is currently investigating how prosocial behaviors help increase the chances of recovering from physical and cognitive impairments, and how using an mHealth app, the practice of medicine and public health supported by mobile devices, may improve mental health in older adults.

We spoke with Sam about his passion for population aging and public health, and why this intersection is crucial to recognize during Older Americans Month and beyond.

Damaged building.

Rutgers researchers, aided by international collaborators, have tracked the devastation war has made on Ukraine’s hospital system. Hundreds of hospitals in Ukraine have been forced to close or operate at a reduced capacity since Russia’s invasion of the Eastern European country in February 2022. Damage, destruction and supply shortages caused by the war have impaired the nation’s hospital system and taken a serious toll on human health.

older adults at dinner

Having social support and strong social networks is vital to the health and well-being of older adults living with HIV, according to a Rutgers study.

Published in AIDS Care and led by Kristen Krause, an instructor at the Rutgers School of Public Health, the study examined the social connections of older people living with HIV in Newark, N.J. – a region frequently overlooked in research focusing on this demographic.

Lisa Harrison-Gulla

Lisa Harrison-Gulla's journey in public health is more than just a career choice – it’s a testament to her unwavering dedication for driving change in the face of adversity.

Harrison-Gulla began her public health career 30 years ago helping those suffering from addiction in their treatment and recovery. Now, she’s using her experience – along with a new doctoral degree from Rutgers – to help shape policy supporting the public health workforce.