Media Mentions

The Office of External Relations is available to assist members of the media in accessing our experts working on the cutting edge of critical public health issues. The Office of External Relations can also answer questions about ASPPH and our member schools and programs of public health. 

Questions? Contact ASPPH’s External Relations Office: advocacy@aspph.org

January 2021 

January 22

Florida TrendCoronavirus Spurs Students to Seek Public Health Degrees  

“Public health programs that use the common application for admissions reported a 20 percent increase in applications to master’s in public health programs for the 2020-21 academic year, according to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.”  

January 14 

Tampa Bay TimesCoronavirus Spurs Huge Rise in Students Seeking Public Health Degrees 

“Public health programs that use the common application for admissions reported a 20 percent increase in applications to master’s in public health programs for the 2020-21 academic year, according to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.”  

January 8 

Creators SyndicateFinding a New Way to Look at the New Year 

“According to an Associated Press and Kaiser Health Network report, as the coronavirus has swept through the country, ‘Public health programs in the United States have seen a surge in enrollment … (as) a new generation is entering the field.’ As reported by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, there has been a 20% increase in applications to master’s in public health programs.” 

January 5 

Infectious Disease Special Edition— Antibiotic Use High During ED and Observational Hospital Visits 

“‘With the threat of antibiotic resistance in mind, it is important to closely examine antibiotic prescribing habits in many care settings to create appropriate antibiotic stewardship plans,’ commented Leigh Ellyn Preston, DrPH, an Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health/CDC public health fellow in the CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion.” 

November 2020 

November 27 

HealthlineDoctors Are Retiring Due To COVID-19: Why You Might Have a Hard Time Finding a New One 

The pandemic is apparently already prompting a surge in students enrolling in public health programs. The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health reports a 20 percent increase in applications to master’s in public health programs for the current academic year.” 

November 24 

The Miami TimesStudents Flock to Careers in Public Health 

Among the more than 100 schools and public health programs that use the common application – a single admissions application form that students can send to multiple schools – there was a 20% increase in applications to master’s programs in public health for the current academic year, to nearly 40,000, according to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.”  

November 22

The Norman Transcript Public Health Programs See Surge In Students Amid Pandemic   

Among the more than 100 schools and public health programs that use the common application — a single admissions application form that students can send to multiple schools — there was a 20% increase in applications to master’s in public health programs for the current academic year, to nearly 40,000, according to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.” 

November 20 

ABC Action NewsStudents Showing Increased Interest In Public Health Programs During Pandemic 

The spotlight on public health may be sparking interest in new students, too. According to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, among the more than 100 schools and public health programs using the Common App, there was a 20% increase in applications to master’s in public health programs for the current school year.”  

November 19 

Ark Valley VoiceOur Nation’s Public Health Sector: Attracting New Professionals While Under Attack 

According to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, as reported by WTKR television in Virginia, there was a 20 percent increase in applications to master’s in public health programs in that state for the current academic year, growing to nearly 40,000.” 

November 18 

The HillPandemic Drives Surge of Interest In Public Health Field 

Now, the next generation of public health experts is growing — and fast. The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health reported nearly 40,000 applicants this year to more than 100 schools and public health programs that use the common application form, a 20 percent increase from previous years.”  

November 18 

Arkansas Democrat GazettePandemic’s Ravages Kindle Interest in Public Health   

Among the more than 100 schools and public-health programs that use the common application — a single admissions application form that students can send to a number of schools — there was a 20% increase in applications to public-health master’s programs for the current academic year, to nearly 40,000, according to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.” 

November 17 

Kaiser Health News Public Health Programs See Surge In Students Amid Pandemic   

“Among the more than 100 schools and public health programs that use the common application — a single admissions application form that students can send to multiple schools — there was a 20% increase in applications to master’s in public health programs for the current academic year, to nearly 40,000, according to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.” 

November 17 

PBS News Hour— Public Health Programs See Surge In Students Amid Pandemic 

“Among the more than 100 schools and public health programs that use the common application — a single admissions application form that students can send to multiple schools — there was a 20% increase in applications to master’s in public health programs for the current academic year, to nearly 40,000, according to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.” 

October 2020 

October 16 

The HillExperts, Public Health Groups Denounce ‘Herd Immunity’ Strategy Supported By Trump Administration; ProPublica Examines CDC’s Handling Of COVID-19 Pandemic

“In a statement Thursday, groups like the National Association of County and City Health Officials, the American Public Health Association, the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and the Public Health Institute condemned the declaration and the flaws in its arguments. ‘Covid-19 carries a much higher risk of severe disease and death than other infections where herd immunity was attempted before a vaccine was available,” the groups said. “It is illogical to ignore public health and scientific evidence when so many lives are at stake.’”

September 2020 

September 23 

U.S. News – How Coronavirus Spotlights Public Health Majors 

A list is maintained by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, which says applications to undergraduate programs at member schools have more than doubled in the past five years and numbered more than 23,000 in 2019. About 64% of public health majors go straight into a job upon graduation, while 26% pursue graduate education, according to ASPPH surveys. 

August 2020 

August 21 

Infectious Disease Special Edition – COVID-19 Spurs Renewed Crisis in OUD Patients 

“Opioid use disorder (OUD) has become an epidemic within the COVID-19 pandemic, a panel of public health experts said during a webinar organized by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.” 

August 18 

SDSU NewsCenter – SDSU Interim Vice President for Research Named 

“[Hala Madanat] currently serves as board member for the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher’s COVID-19 Equity Taskforce.” 

August 13 

Pharmacy Practice News – COVID-19 Spurs Renewed Crisis in OUD Patients 

“Opioid use disorder (OUD) has become an epidemic within the COVID-19 pandemic, a panel of public health experts said during a webinar organized by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.” 

August 3 

The Pew Charitable Trusts – Lack of Public Data Hampers COVID-19 Fight 

“The groups included Frieden’s organization, Resolve to Save Lives, along with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the American Public Health Association, Trust for America’s Health and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.” 

July 2020 

July 24

General Surgery News COVID Compounds Opioid Public Health Emergency

“On the plus side, a more widespread adoption of telehealth services has increased access to opioid and substance use disorder therapy and treatment, they noted in the discussion, which was organized by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.”

YubaNet – Most of United States Not Reporting Essential COVID-19 Data

“The list of essential indicators were reviewed and endorsed by leading public health organizations, including The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the American Public Health Association, Trust for America’s Health, The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, and the Big Cities Health Coalition.”

July 21 

Route Fifty – State Data Reporting on the Coronavirus is Falling Woefully Short 

“The association, along with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, Trust for America’s Health, the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and the Big Cities Health Coalition have reviewed and endorsed the list of essential indicators in the report. 

July 10

Texas A&M TodayPublic Health Professor Remembered As Top Of His Field 

“In addition to being named the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma, McLeroy co-chaired the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Behavioral and Social Science workgroup for the master’s degree in public health core competencies.”

July 7

Cision PRWEb – Mediaplanet Partners With South University to Promote Careers in Public Health 

“Today, aspiring public health professionals can expect a career that is dynamic, with plenty of ways to make an impact. ‘You could be developing or advocating for new policies, collecting and analyzing data, designing or implementing programs, developing treatments and vaccines, creating marketing and communication campaigns, or a variety of other work. But the core of the field is working to improve health outcomes, which includes addressing the societal and systemic factors that lead to improved health,’ says Tracie Seward of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, in an original article published within the campaign.”

 

June 2020 

June

AAMCBrief for Amici Curiae Association of American Medical Colleges, Et Al., in Support of Respondents 

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health—represents more than 120 schools and programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.” 

June 29

Contagion Live – Infectious diseases todayPneumoconiosis-Associated Deaths Continue to Decline in US 

“‘The decrease likely reflects the impacts over the past several decades of prevention strategies and also less people in the US working in jobs with heavy exposure to mineral or cotton dust,’ Jessica Bell-Johnson, MPH, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health/CDC public health fellow, told Contagion®. ‘Despite the decline, it is important to recognize that pneumoconiosis-associated deaths do not typically occur until many decades after exposures to causative dust.'”

June 26

Pharmacy Practice News — PanelCOVID Compounds Opioid Public Health Emergency 

“Some people with opioid use disorder have turned to alcohol or benzodiazepines as a temporary substitute for lack of access to opioids, and suicides due to depression and/or unemployment are occurring, they said in a discussion of how the COVID-19 pandemic is impeding efforts to prevent and treat opioid use disorder. On the plus side, a more widespread adoption of telehealth services has increased access to opioid and substance use disorder therapy and treatment, they noted in the discussion, which was organized by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.”

June 23

Healio Pneumoconiosis deaths decreased 40% from 1999 to 2018 

“‘Pneumoconiosis-associated deaths continue to occur, underscoring the importance of occupational dust exposure reduction and early case detection,” Jessica L. Bell-Johnson, MPH, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health/CDC public health fellow, told Healio. “Medical surveillance can identify at-risk groups of workers, which can help prioritize efforts to reduce exposures.'”

June 10

TimesNewsTimes News Blog: Latest on local impact of COVID-19 

“Dr. Robert Pack, executive director of East Tennessee State University’s Addiction Science Center, will moderate a panel discussion, via webinar, on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting efforts to address the opioid crisis. The webinar, which is part of the 2020 Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) Virtual Annual Meeting, will be held on Friday, May 8, from 1-2 p.m.”

Wellesley Wicked Local –  Wellesley man named to chief academic post at Wentworth 

“On a national level, [Ian Lapp, Ph.D.,] has chaired several significant committees for the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, was the president of the Council on Education for Public Health and served as a board member for the National Board of Public Health Examiners.”

June 8

JPHMPOde To Public Health Academy: Urgent Call To Reform And Go Beyond Pretty Words

“The latest data show that Black public health faculty with the professor rank made up less than 3% of all public health faculty compared with 81% for White faculty members at the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health member schools.”

June 3

MENAFMRachel R. Hardeman 

“Dr. Hardeman is the 2019 awardee of the Dr. Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award from the University of Minnesota and the 2020 recipient of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASSPH) Early Career Public Health Research Award.”

June 1

Kaiser Family Fund (KFF)Opinion Pieces Discuss President Trump’s Decision To Withdraw U.S. From WHO, Potential Impact On Global Health, U.S. Global Standing 

STAT: By cutting ties with the World Health Organization, Trump endangers global public health Sandro Galea, physician, dean of the Boston University School of Public Health, and chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (5/31).”

 

May 2020 

May 31

STATBy cutting ties with the World Health Organization, Trump endangers global public health 

“In a statement, the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, of which I am chair of the Board of Directors, reaffirmed that the American academic public health community will continue to engage with the WHO regardless of this country’s official membership status.”

May 18 

The Hill – Preventing the Next Pandemic Through Investment in Academic Public Health 

“Laura Magana, PhD, is president and CEO of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH);” 

May 15

University of KentuckyFauci, Arnett, Others to Discuss the Future of Academic Public Health 

“The closing plenary session of the Virtual Annual Meeting for the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health will be May 15 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The meeting will include messages from several leaders in public health, including director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci, and University of Kentucky College of Public Health Dean Donna Arnett. The panel will also include Dean Jim Curran from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and Dean Ana Diez from the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. Sandro Galea, dean of the Boston University School of Public Health, will moderate.”

May 8

WKRNOpioid crisis sees impact of COVID-19 in Middle Tennessee 

“Friday’s panel discussion will be in the form of a webinar that’s part of the 2020 Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) Virtual Annual Meeting. It will be held from 1-2 p.m. Presenters will include: Anne Hazlett, special advisor for rural affairs with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Executive Office of the President; Brandon Marshall, associate professor at Brown University School of Public Health; and Regina LaBelle, director of the Addiction & Public Policy Initiative and distinguished scholar at the O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center.”

May 4

Eurek Alert – Public health training in climate change: What are prospective employers thinking?

“In addition to searching keywords or a combination of terms on Indeed.com and LinkedIn, the authors were provided access to 32,093 job postings on the free job board managed by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). The researchers found a statistically significant increase in the number of jobs in the ASPPH job board which mentioned climate change or global warming over the last 16 years.”

 

April 2020 

April 8

The HillNow is the time for a national public health reserve 

“Structural and operational aspects of coordination must not stand in our way of banding together as we battle the flames of COVID-19. We propose immediate state and federal funding to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health to develop and implement a governance structure, recruitment strategy, data sharing and privacy plan, and matchmaking process in conjunction with state and local health departments. Faculty and new public health graduates are an immediate source of volunteers.”

April 7

The San Diego Union-TribuneColumn: County medical director brings compassion to challenging COVID-19 role  

“‘We in the U.S. will experience something we’ve never gone through before,’ Yphantides warned in the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health webinar. ‘This is the mother lode. This is the Super Bowl of public health…. We are entering a war with a virus but … we don’t have the weapons yet to fight it.'”

April 4

CommonWealth MagazineCommonwealth’s COVID-19 response leaves too many behind 

Sandro Galea serves as co-chair of the Emergency Task Force on Coronavirus & Equity and is dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health and chair of the board of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.”