School of Public Health student news and stories from around campus.

Whole Communities, Whole Individuals, Whole Systems

What's your normal?

Last week I was working my office when a student came in and asked that I unlock a side room. He commented that I was working late that night. I glanced at the clock saw that it was only 6:45 p.m. and  thought to myself, this is still early. I replied to the student that these were normal work hours for me. Nothing about that conversation was extraordinary, yet I found myself thinking back to it hours later. That is my normal. This is undoubtedly a similar to many of my colleagues. Our work culture can be pretty intense.

Whole Individuals, anxiety, depression, mental illness

Ironing the Irony Out of Mental Illness: A Response

By Wanda Lewis, Administrative Assistant, Sr., Office of Assistant Dean for Alumni Relations at LLUSPH This is a response to a post published yesterday entitled, "Mental Illness... Isn't it Ironic?" My hat goes off to Katie Freeland and all others who have found the courage to publicly share such an intimate part of their lives. I too, find it ironic that the most bubbly, outgoing personalities can be masking years of anguish, and their peers and family can be completely oblivious to their situations.

Whole Individuals, anxiety, depression, mental illness

Mental Illness... Isn't it Ironic?

I’m going to start this by saying this is probably one of the most terrifying things I’ve done or will do. But it needs to be done. Robin Williams committed suicide yesterday. As soon as I found out (one of my best friends and my mom both texted me at the exact same time to tell me), I broke down crying. I’m thankful that I was alone at work and was able to do so in relative peace. I keep telling myself that I'll tell more people about my depression next time something like this happens. So here we are. I can’t keep it to myself anymore.

News, Research, Whole Systems

Loma Linda Research: Vegetarian Diets Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Increase Health

Consuming a plant-based diet results in a more sustainable environment and reduces greenhouse gas emissions according to a study from the Loma Linda University School of Public Health.  Previous studies relating dietary patterns to green house gas emissions relied on simulated data or relatively small populations to find similar conclusions. The study was co-authored by Dr. Joan Sabatè,  nutrition professor and Dr. Samuel Soret, executive director of the center for Community Resilience at the school of public health at Loma Linda University.

Whole Communities, Whole Individuals


Born and raised in the South, I’ve been through my fair share of crazy weather. Tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, you name it, and I can tell you the Twitter hashtags and safety procedures that go with them. Basements, for example–as soon as you know there’s a tornado coming, you head to the lowest part of whatever building you’re in, and you avoid windows. If you don’t have a basement, a bathtub is a good second choice.

News, Whole Individuals

Not So Fun in the Sun

Last Tuesday, the U.S. surgeon general made a statement that skin cancer is a major public health problem (one that, annually, is diagnosed more than breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancer… combined), and issued a call to action to prevent it, CNN reports. The first time I traveled out of the country was when I went to Costa Rica when I was 14.

Whole Individuals

Real Public Health

I wasn’t supposed to be here. I thought I’d be in a developing country providing education on maternal nutrition and infant feeding practices or HIV prevention. I thought I’d be navigating an unfamiliar culture and gaining the trust of the locals. That is, after all, what one dreams of doing with a global health degree. That is exactly what I did during and immediately after earning my MPH, but then I came back. So what does a global health graduate do in Loma Linda?

Whole Individuals

Squeaky Green Beans: A Struggle with Vegetables

I have a confession to make: I had brinner twice this week. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, brinner is short for “breakfast for dinner”. Though usually reserved for broke college students or those who can’t cook, I don’t fall into either of those categories; I had come home late and hungry and cereal and homemade breakfast burritos were the quickest ways to raise my blood sugar and make me feel human again. That, and I really like breakfast burritos. My diet is not bad. I’m not overweight. My blood pressure, triglycerides, and cholesterol are all in the excellent range.


News, narratives, and reports from the SPH   

Water Quality

There is a certain beauty in the desert that one needs to be careful of if they plan to stop and admire it.  A flat tire in Loma Linda is not the same as a flat tire in the desert.  Driving out to the Coachella Valley from Loma Linda you will pass Casino Morongo, mechanical dinosaurs, fields of windmills, and Palm Springs.  Squinting, you might see hawks circling in the sky above while a tidal wave of dust blurs the horizon.  A stark beauty framed, respectfully, by death.