Public Health Research Day 2017

Sayles Hall was filled with 80 public health posters on Thursday, April 13th – the most presentations during Public Health Research Day ever! The researchers responsible were on hand, answering the questions of judges, colleagues, and friends.

After the public viewing Terrie Fox Wetle, the Dean of the School of Public Health, presented awards for the best posters.


  • Best Poster, Kelsey Anderson, for The Impact of Social Support and Partner Relationship Dynamics on Engagement in HIV Care and Antiretroviral Treatment
  • Runner-up, Anita Yun for Interactions of Genetic Variants and Nutrition on Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease Risk factors in Samoans


  • Best Poster, Reuben William Horace, Jr. for The Association of Vitamin K deficiencies with accelerated Knee Osteoarthritis 
  • Runner-up, Iman Saeed for Comparison of Methods for Handling Missing Data in Randomized Controlled Trials


  • Best Poster, Mingyan Shan for More than a Meal: The Effects of Meals on Wheels Programs on Medicare Beneficiary's Healthcare Utilization and Status
  • Runner-up, Rachel Denlinger for Acceptability of a Reduced Nicotine Product Standard for Cigarettes among Smokers Provided with Reduced Nicotine

Dean Wetle also acknowledged the winners of the 2017 Dean’s Awards, which are nominated by the student body. The award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching in Public Health was presented to David Williams, PhD, Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences. The award for Excellence in Mentoring in Public Health was awarded to Simin Liu, MD, PhD Professor of Epidemiology.

A special thank you to this year's judges! And Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone who participated!! Check out a photo gallery here.