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Recognition of Service to the COPH Alumni Association

Kathleen Brandert, MPH, CHES

Alumni Highlight – Kathleen Brandert, MPH, CHES, is the 2013 recipient of the College of Public Health Alumni Association Spirit of Service Award. Ms. Brandert is the director of the Great Plains Public Health Leadership Institute and manager of workforce development and leadership programs in the Office of Public Health Practice. She is proud to be an alumni of the UNMC College of Public Health Master of Public Health Program!

Bettye Apenteng, PhD

Alumni Highlight – Bettye Apenteng graduated from the COPH with a PhD in Health Services Research, Administration, and Policy in 2013. Hometown: Accra, Ghana Current career position: Assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Jiann-Pinn Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University. I really enjoy teaching and I am particularly impressed by the extensive amount of practical public health and health care management experience my students bring. This makes for exceptionally interactive and interesting class sessions. What you value most about… Continue Reading

Douglas Perin, MPH

Alumni Highlight – Doug Perin graduated from the COPH with a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology in August 2013. Hometown: Porto Alegre, Brazil Current career position:  As of October 2013, I’m an ASPPH/CDC Public Health Fellow working with the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at the CDC, in Atlanta, Georgia. I am involved in international projects analyzing cancer prevention practices and outcomes, especially focused in Brazil. I am currently planning a trip to meet with partners from various Brazilian governmental agencies. What you… Continue Reading

Erica Colbert, MPH (Environmental and Occupational Health, 2010)

Alumni Highlight – Erica Colbert graduated from the COPH with a Master of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health in 2010. Hometown: Cheyenne, Wyoming Current Career Position: Environmental health specialist at Douglas County Health Department, studying and training to become a nationally registered environmental health specialist. Upon starting my position at the Health Department, I was placed in the Sanitary Engineering and Sanitation Control section in the Environmental Health Division. The department received a complaint of unsanitary conditions. Upon arrival at the residence, my… Continue Reading

Nicole Carritt, MPH (Health Administration, 2006)

Alumni Highlight –Nicole Carritt graduated from the UNMC College of Public Health (COPH) with a Master of Public Health in Health Administration in 2006. Hometown – Missouri Valley, IA Current career position: I currently serve as the executive director of Project Extra Mile, a statewide nonprofit organization in Nebraska that works to prevent underage drinking, youth access to alcohol, and the related harms in the state. Community organizing is the foundation to our efforts. Our organization focuses our work on policy initiatives, enforcement collaborations, media… Continue Reading

Justin Frederick, MPH (Health Administration, 2011)

Alumni Highlight – Hometown: I grew up in Gretna, Nebraska, where my family has been established for nearly four generations. Current career position: I am currently the supervisor of Communicable Disease Epidemiology with the Douglas County Health Department in Omaha, Nebraska. I’ve been with the department since 2003, and since then I’ve had the opportunity to investigate and prevent the ongoing transmission of many emerging diseases, including measles, mumps, H1N1 influenza, tuberculosis, West Nile, listeria, Legionellia, Histoplasmosis, Cyclospora, and many others. I enjoy the ongoing… Continue Reading

Chrissy (Hauschel) Tonkinson, MPH (BIOS, 2012)

Alumni Highlight – Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska Current Position: I am the Research Coordinator at Voices for Children in Nebraska. I love that I am able to use the skills I gained at the COPH, especially my statistics skills, to work with a non-profit with a great mission. I had no idea when I started my MPH that such jobs existed or that data analysis skills were in such high demand in a huge variety of industries. Every day I am able to take data and… Continue Reading