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COPH Faculty Team Supports Nebraska Medicine in Clinical Effectiveness and Efficiency


Faculty members at the College of Public Health are supporting the Nebraska Medicine’s Clinical Enterprise for the Clinical Effectiveness and Efficiency (CE2) efforts. This effort is a part of one of the UNMC strategic goals to ensure that UNMC Colleges and Institutes are optimally integrated with Nebraska Medicine in the patient care settings. This effort will help towards reducing patients’ morbidity and mortality and healthcare costs, improving patient experience and health outcomes. CE2 is multi-disciplinary team comprised of MDs, nurses, allied health professionals, administrators, industrial… 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

Drs. Chen and Johansson Honored for Outstanding Achievement in Research

Baojiang Chen, PhD, Dean Ali S. Khan and Eleanor G Rogan, PhD

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Two members of College of Public Health (COPH) Governing Faculty were recognized for outstanding achievement in research at the Annual COPH Awards Dinner. Baojiang Chen, PhD Dr. Chen is the 2014 recipient of the College of Public Health Faculty Research Award, which recognizes a member of the Governing Faculty whose research contributes to the advancement of public health science and practice, has been published in refereed journals, has received intramural or extramural funding, and has presented at regional, national,… Continue Reading

KM Islam, MBBS, PhD: Research on Patient-Defined Treatment Success and Preferences in Stage IV Lung Cancer Patients

KM Islam, MD PhD

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Dr. Islam is currently conducting a study that compares treatment preferences of patient groups that have been diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer living in rural and urban areas of Nebraska and South Dakota. Stage IV lung cancers most often affect the elderly. When the disease is advanced, chemotherapy is the main treatment. There are many chemotherapy combinations that are available for the treatment of late-stage lung cancer that have a similar survival effect for the cancer patient but differ… Continue Reading

Aaron Yoder, PhD: Research using information technology to improve the health and safety of individuals

Aaron Yoder, PhD

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Dr. Aaron Yoder has always liked to fix things, which led to his education in engineering. He was taught early on that he could use his engineering skills to protect and improve the well-being of others. Now Dr. Yoder uses his passion for engineering and information technology to improve the health and safety of individuals. Most recently Dr. Yoder has been exploring ways to use new technologies like smartphones, smartphone accessories, fitness trackers, smart watches and other wearable technologies… Continue Reading

Melissa Tibbits, PhD: Research to Promote Health Among Children and Adolescents

Melissa Tibbits, PhD

Spotlight on Research at COPH – The goal of Dr. Tibbits’ research is to promote health among children and adolescents. Much of her research falls into the category of public health practice and focuses on providing information that enables community organizations to choose effective intervention strategies. Additionally, she works extensively with local organizations on evaluation projects aimed at providing information that can be used to build upon intervention strengths, recognize challenges, and encourage sustainability. Most recently Dr. Tibbits has collaborated with the Douglas County Health… Continue Reading

Hongmei Wang, PhD: Research in Socioeconomic Determinants of Health and Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programs

Hongmei Wang, PhD

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Dr. Wang’s research interests focus on socioeconomic determinants of health and health-related behaviors, medical care expenditures and insurance coverage, and economic evaluation of health care programs and medical intervention strategies. She is particularly interested in examining how individual choices, organizational schemes, and sociocultural structures collectively influence population health. Dr. Wang has been working on projects exploring the protective effects of social capital on health and health-related behaviors. By distinguishing trust from mistrust in measuring social capital, she and her… Continue Reading