Category: Bloomberg School of Public Health

JHU partners with Coursera to offer free online classes

July 23, 2012

The Johns Hopkins University announced last week that it has joined Coursera, an upstart education venture formed to offer high-quality college-level university courses online for free, creating new opportunities for learning worldwide. Johns Hopkins is one 17 top-tier institutions, including Princeton University, Stanford University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan, that have […]

Lax gun laws could let high-risk individuals purchase firearms

July 23, 2012

Sixty percent of people incarcerated for gun crimes in the 13 U.S. states with the most lax standards for legal firearm ownership were not legally prohibited from possessing firearms when they committed the crimes that led to their incarceration. According to the study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 31 […]

Contraceptive use averts 272,000 maternal deaths

July 23, 2012

Contraceptive use likely prevents more than 272,000 maternal deaths from childbirth each year, according to a new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Researchers further estimate that satisfying the global unmet need for contraception could reduce maternal deaths an additional 30 percent. Their findings were published July 10 […]

Bloomberg School to offer MPH degree program in India

July 9, 2012

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Health Management Research, will offer a master of public health degree program in Jaipur, India, beginning this fall. The program is specifically intended for citizens and residents of India and low- and middle-income countries in the region and will focus […]

Researchers recommend steps to improve global road safety

July 9, 2012

Road traffic crashes kill more than 1.2 million people each year, with 90 percent of those fatalities occurring in low- and middle-income countries. Yet despite a growing body of data to support effective and proven interventions, proportional funding for implementation in developing countries has not been forthcoming, leaving a gap between evidence and action. A […]

Immune system ‘circuitry’ that kills malaria in mosquitoes ID’d

July 9, 2012

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute have, for the first time, determined the function of a series of proteins within the mosquito that transduce a signal that enables the mosquito to fight off infection from the parasite that causes malaria in humans. Together, these proteins known as immune deficiency, or Imd, pathway signal […]

Reports of mental health disability increase in United States

October 24, 2011

The prevalence of self-reported mental health disabilities increased in the United States among nonelderly adults during the last decade, according to a study by Ramin Mojtabai, of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. At the same time, the study found that the prevalence of disability attributed to other chronic conditions decreased, while the […]

Exploring why girls in sub-Saharan Africa are vulnerable to HIV

October 17, 2011

A new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health shows that community members correlate an increase in HIV vulnerability among adolescent girls with weak structural support systems. While adolescent girls are three to four times more likely than adolescent boys to be living with HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, few studies […]

Place, not race, may be larger determinant of health disparities

October 10, 2011

Where you live could play a larger role in health disparities than originally thought, according to a new study by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Examining a racially integrated low-income neighborhood in Baltimore, the researchers found that, with the exception of smoking, nationally reported disparities in hypertension, diabetes, obesity among […]

Three from Johns Hopkins to receive Presidential Early Career Awards

October 3, 2011

Johns Hopkins faculty members who study robotics, biostatistics and international health are among 94 researchers selected this year to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The awards, announced last week by President Barack Obama, are the U.S. government’s highest honor for scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent […]

Study: Alcohol advertising still reaching youth on the radio

October 3, 2011

Almost one out of 11 radio ads for alcoholic beverages in 75 markets across the nation failed to comply in 2009 with the alcohol industry’s voluntary standard for the placement of advertising, according to an analysis conducted by the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In […]

Oil, gas operations in Gulf claim 139 lives in helicopter crashes

September 19, 2011

A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy finds that helicopters that service the drilling platforms and vessels in the Gulf of Mexico crash on average more than six times per year, resulting in an average of five deaths per year. From 1983 to 2009, 178 crashes resulted in […]

Antidepressant RXs on rise in those with no psychiatric diagnosis

September 12, 2011

Americans are no strangers to antidepressants. During the last 20 years the use of antidepressants has grown significantly, making them one of the most costly, and the third most commonly prescribed class of, medications in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2005 to 2008 nearly 8.9 percent of […]

Vaccinations in 72 poorest countries could avert 6.4 million deaths

September 12, 2011

By scaling up childhood vaccinations in 72 of the world’s poorest countries, an estimated 6.4 million deaths could be averted between 2011 and 2020, with a corresponding economic value of between $151 billion and $231 billion, according to two new studies by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health investigators published in the June issue […]

‘Contagion’: Wake-up call for public health systems

September 12, 2011

Infectious disease and disaster preparedness experts at Johns Hopkins say that the premise of the just-released Hollywood movie Contagion, in which a lethal airborne virus spreads quickly around the globe, is realistic and should serve as a reminder that the United States has much work to do to prepare for a serious national emergency posed […]

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