New V-STTaR program to be led by MPH alumni Roumie and Talbot

August 31, 2017

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has established a new career development program for scientists in implementation research. The goal is to speed the uptake and translation of scientific discoveries into routine clinical practice. The program, called Vanderbilt Scholars in T4 Translational Research, or V-STTaR, is supported by a five-year, $3 million grant awarded this month by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). T4 refers to the translation of research findings into “real world” and community settings.

MPH's Schaffner: Hurricane Harvey’s Public Health Impact Extends Beyond Flooding

August 29, 2017

Since Hurricane Harvey hit Texas on Friday, 10 people have died and many others have been injured and trapped in their flooded houses. But beyond the immediate dangers posed by the flooding, experts are worried about the broader threats to public health. Vulnerable populations, like the homeless, the elderly and the chronically ill, are especially at risk during and in the aftermath of a disaster. Dr.

MPH's Etherington is the new Chair of the Metropolitan Board of Health of Nashville and Davidson County

August 17, 2017

Carol Etherington, MSN, RN, FAAN was recently elected as Chair of the Metropolitan Board of Health of Nashville and Davidson County. Etherington established one of the first police-based counseling programs in the U.S. to serve victims of violent crime and has worked multiple disasters across the U.S. including earthquakes, hurricanes, school shootings and New York City post 9/11. She served on an international emergency medical team in the aftermath of the Pol Pot genocide and completed four missions in war-torn Bosnia.

MPH's Nikpay comments on the 340B drug discount program

August 10, 2017

Federal health officials say a controversial program that allows hospitals to purchase drugs at deep discounts needs some fixing.The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, worry hospitals are playing fast and loose with what’s known as the 340B program by buying more expensive drugs than they have to, putting the squeeze on Medicare recipients.

MPH’s Schaffner to focus on specific treatment course based on type of infection before recommendation change

July 27, 2017

For the last 75 years, people with a bacterial infection have been told it is essential to finish all of an antibiotic prescription, usually seven to 10 days, to keep from getting sick again. But British researchers are now saying that patients may not need to “complete the course,” that it may actually be contributing to antibiotic resistance. "

MPH's Graves: Hospitals that score better on patient satisfaction scores reduce mortality

July 24, 2017

The relatively recent movements toward transparency and quality in health care have collided to produce dozens of publicly available hospital quality metrics. You might consider studying them in advance of your next hospital visit. But how do you know if the metrics actually mean anything?There is at least a bit of signal within the noise. The study, by health economists at M.I.T. and Vanderbilt, found that hospitals that score better on certain metrics reduce mortality. Among the ones they examined were patient satisfaction scores.  

Shyr appointed chair of Department of Biostatistics

July 20, 2017

Yu Shyr, Ph.D., Harold L. Moses Professor of Cancer Research and director of the Vanderbilt Center for Quantitative Sciences, has been named chair of Vanderbilt’s Department of Biostatistics. He will assume the post Sept. 1. As the new chair, Shyr will spearhead a department recognized internationally for its research and educational programs, with 33 full-time faculty, 20 staff biostatisticians and five computer analysts. The Department of Biostatistics interacts closely with a large number of departments and centers.

MPH faculty member's projects among TIPS 2017 recipients

July 18, 2017

The 2017 recipients of Vanderbilt University’s Trans-Institutional Programs (TIPs) initiative bring together more than 140 faculty members with graduate and undergraduate students from all 10 schools and colleges, creating multifaceted teams to approach complex challenges. Three Vanderbilt MPH faculty members' projects have been awarded funding. Click here for the full list of 2017 Trans-Institutional Program New Award Recipients.