public health

Answer your phone

Do your part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by helping the contact tracing team.


COVID-19 and learning abroad

Keeping students safe is important.


COVID-19 antibody tests can guide public health, policy decisions

It’s too soon to use COVID-19 antibody testing to issue “immunity passports,” but they are good enough to inform public health decisions.


A view overlooking salt lake valley from the University of Utah campus at sunset. On the horizon, you can see faint mountains that are obscured by hazy air, showing an example of air pollution that builds up in the valley.

Air pollution spikes reduce test scores

More frequent peak air pollution exposure was associated with reduced math and English language arts test scores for third graders in all primary public schools in Salt Lake County.


First daily surveillance of emerging COVID-19 hotspots

As COVID-19 outbreaks sweep across communities, local officials are forced into a whack-a-mole approach to battling the virus. Geographers hope a new method will provide timely data to inform public policy.


Getting past the politics of face coverings

Political scientist Phillip Singer explains why the politicization of public health measures is nothing new, and how to view wearing face coverings as a compassionate act.


Your hair knows what you eat and how much your haircut costs

Isotopes in hair reveal connection between diet and socioeconomic status.


Fall semester schedule changes due to COVID-19

Limiting interactions could limit infections.


Why research universities matter

At the University of Utah, at least 100 research groups are currently studying causes and consequences of COVID-19.


Physicists test coronavirus particles against temperature, humidity

One of the biggest unknowns about the coronavirus is how changing seasons will affect its spread. U physicists have received the university’s first COVID-19-related grant to tackle the question.