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Aja Kneip Pelster

Aja Kneip Pelster

Student Highlight – Aja Kneip Pelster Hometown: Omaha Degree program/concentration – Ph.D. Student, Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research What brought you to the field of public health? After graduating from UNL, I joined the Peace Corps in Uzbekistan. Because of my brief background in athletic training and lifeguarding in high school, the recruiter suggested public health. It wasn’t long after leaving for Uzbekistan that I realized my passion for the field. What do you like most about the College of Public Health… Continue Reading

Shaping Nebraska to Become the Healthiest State in the Nation by 2020


Public Health Community Advisory –  Becoming the healthiest state in the nation will take a systematic and collective approach with collaboration between committed stakeholders throughout Nebraska. Nebraska’s current health ranking is 10th (America’s Health Rankings, 2015), so, not too bad…there are only 9 other states in front of us! However, to move up those nine spots by 2020 requires that Nebraskans band together to work on target priorities. Two identified priorities are binge drinking and colorectal screening. Nebraska currently ranks 44th and 35th respectively in these… Continue Reading

UNMC and Nebraska Medicine Designated to Co-Lead the National Ebola Training and Education Center

John Lowe, PhD

Public Health Practice- In July 2015 the University of Nebraska Medical Center, New York Bellevue Hospital, and Emory University in Atlanta were designated as National Ebola Training and Education Centers through a $12 million U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant. UNMC and Nebraska Medicine will receive $5.1 million over a five year period to develop best practices for health care workers and hospitals responsible for handling and treating patients with Ebola and other highly infectious diseases. In the last year, the U.S. Centers for… Continue Reading

Summer 2015 Graduates

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COPH Notable Mentions – In the summer 2015 semester, the following students fulfilled the requirements for the College of Public Health Certificate in Public Health, College of Public Health Master of Public Health and the College of Public Health Doctor of Philosophy. Congratulations and best wishes to all the graduating students! Certificate in Public Health Jane Ehlers Master of Public Health Graduates & Capstone Projects Bianca Christensen– Physical and Mental Independence among HIV-positive Patients: a Retrospective Multicenter Cohort Study Kasey Edwardson – Factors Associated with… Continue Reading

Haiti Immersion May 2015

Haiti Immersion May 2015, team member Helen Baas RNC, UNMC medical students: Amal Hamden, Prriya Maillacheruvu, Alyssa Malley, Ian Parsley, Abby Riese, Santiago Rozo, Steffen Spencer, Shelby Travis, and James Goedert , PhD, P.E., Professor of Engineering, UNL and Martha Goedert, CNM, FNP, PhD, Assistant Professor CoPH, CGHAD This May 2015 immersion partners second year medical students with Haitian partners who have been working in the Central Plateau in projects concerning health ( and engineering (Flower of Hope School). The students were selected based on… Continue Reading

Faculty Honored for Notable Achievements

Alice Shumaker PhD, MS, MPA, Elizabeth Lyden, MS, Dean Ali S. Khan and Lorena Baccaglini, DDS, PhD

Education Highlight– Dr. Lorena Baccaglini and Elizabeth Lyden are the 2015 recipients of the UNMC College of Public Health Excellence in Teaching Award. This award, honoring governing faculty members whose outstanding teaching contributions facilitate the highest levels of student learning, was presented at the College of Public Health Annual Awards dinner held April 15, 2015. Lorena Baccaglini, DDS, MS, PhD  Dr. Lorena Baccaglini is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the UNMC College of Public Health (COPH). Dr. Baccaglini received her doctorate in… Continue Reading

Scholarship and Research Award Recipients Recognized

Aastha Chandak, Dean Ali S. Khan, Trisari Anggondowati, Niodita Gupta, Kate Rieke, Molly McCarthy, Raees Shaikh, Katelyn Jelden

Student Highlight– UNMC College of Public Health (COPH) students who received scholarships and awards, made possible by generous donors, were recognized at the COPH Awards Ceremony on April 15, 2015. Awards: The Carruth J. Wagner, MD, Scholarships in Public Health recognizes regularly enrolled, degree-seeking COPH students in good academic standing who clearly identify their career goals, their potential for contributions to the field of public health, and their views of public health challenges, and how their leadership in public health may meet those challenges. The… Continue Reading