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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

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