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Christopher Brown, MPH

Christopher Brown, MPH

Alumni Highlight – Christopher Brown, MPH in Biostatistics and Epidemiology, 2010 Hometown: Louisville, KY Current Position: I work in the Office of Emergency Management and Preparedness at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the federal agency within the U.S. Department of Labor that is responsible for ensuring safe and healthful working conditions for America’s workers. My group of colleagues coordinates OSHA’s national-level preparedness and response efforts for every type of disaster or other emergency that affects workers, ranging from hurricanes and floods to chemical… Continue Reading

Theresa Tonozzi, MPH

Theresa Tonozzi, MPH

Alumni Highlight – Theresa Tonozzi, MPH Hometown: Glenwood Springs, Colorado Graduated: 2013 Master of Public Health, Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health Current position: I currently work for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) which is the federal agency devoted to conducting research and providing recommendations to prevent work-related injury and illness. I have been researching work-related injuries among minority populations in the U.S. I have greatly enhanced my skills in epidemiologic practices, encompassing the phases from data analysis to results dissemination. A… Continue Reading

College of Public Health Alumni Recognized

Shane Wurdeman, PhD, MSPO, CP, FAAOP and Eleanor G Rogan, PhD

Alumni Highlight – Two College of Public Health (COPH) Alumni were recognized at the Annual COPH Awards Dinner in recognition of their service. Michele Kassmeier, MPH Michele Kassmeier, MPH, is the 2015 recipient of the College of Public Health Alumni Association Spirit of Service Award. Michele is a Program Coordinator/Communications Specialist with the UNMC COPH Center for Preparedness Education. She is involved with the planning and development of several educational programs that PrepEd offers. Michele received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry with minors… Continue Reading

Chad T. Wetzel, MPH

Chad T. Wetzel, MPH

Alumni Highlight – Chad T. Wetzel graduated from COPH in 2013 with a MPH in Epidemiology. Hometown: Grand Island, NE Current Career Position: I am currently an Epidemiologist in the Communicable Disease and Epidemiology section of the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) in Omaha, Nebraska. My main responsibilities are to investigate and track reportable diseases and outbreaks, prevent further transmission of infectious diseases in our community such as measles, influenza, and tuberculosis, and provide epidemiology reports for the community and public health partners. Because I was… Continue Reading

Sarena Dacus, MPH

Sarena Dacus, MPH

Alumni Highlight: Sarena Dacus Hometown: Omaha, NE Year graduated from our program: 2013 Degree and concentration: MPH, Community Health Education Current career position: I currently serve as the Executive Director of FAMILY, Inc. A non-profit organization providing public health and family support services to women, children and families in Southwest Iowa. We have the ability to administer our program in a manner that allows for in-depth care coordination throughout the critical early years of child development and beyond. After beginning my public health career in… Continue Reading

Derry Stover, MPH

Derry Stover, MPH

Alumni Highlight  – Derry Stover Hometown: Kearney, NE Year graduated from our program: 2010 Degree and concentration: MPH–Environmental and Occupational Health Current career position: I serve as an epidemiologist and program manager for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ Occupational Safety and Health Surveillance Program. I work to improve the health and safety of Nebraska’s workforce through something we call “Putting Data to Work,” which involves using occupational health and safety data to track trends of injuries and illnesses and to develop recommendations… Continue Reading

Sheetal Sawant, MPH

Sheetal Sawant, MPH

Alumni Highlight – Sheetal Sawant graduated from the COPH in December 2012 with an MPH in Biostatistics. Hometown: Mumbai, India Current position: I am currently working as a biostatistician in the Human Vaccine Institute (DHVI) of the School of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. Our data focuses on immune responses to HIV infection and vaccines, from human and pre-clinical studies.   The most interesting part about this position is getting to collaborate with individuals with varied backgrounds and training, both onsite and offsite, and to… Continue Reading