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Harpriya Kaur

Harpriya Kaur

Student Highlight – Harpriya Kaur is a PhD Epidemiology student. What brought you to public health? My curious nature to understand the cause of disease occurrence, and a strong passion for helping those in need, brought me to this field. Public health is a perfect combination of both. My research interests include infectious diseases, cancer, global health, and occupational health. Currently, I am working on research focusing on HPV in vulnerable populations. What do you like most about COPH? Its close relation with Medical Center… Continue Reading

Stephanie Nelson

Stephanie Nelson

Student Highlight – Stephanie Nelson is a dual degree MPH/MBA student, in the Public Health Administration concentration. Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska What brought you to public health? I first became interested in public health through undergraduate classes in disease prevention. After attending UNMC’s COPH Open House and meeting with professors in the HSRA Department, I felt that the MPH curriculum would greatly enhance my education and career opportunities. What do you like most about COPH? My favorite part of the College of Public Health is the… Continue Reading

Scholarship and Research Award Recipients Recognized

The Carruth J. Wagner, MD, Scholarships in Public Health Award Winners

Student Highlight – College of Public Health (COPH) students were recognized at the Annual Awards Dinner for receiving competitive scholarships funded by generous donors to the college. The Carruth J. Wagner, MD, Scholarships in Public Health recognize 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. This year’s recipients are shown… Continue Reading

Bernadette McCrory, PhD

Student Highlight – Dr. Bernadette McCrory is an MPH student in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Public Health. Bernie is originally from Denver, Colorado. She completed her MS and PhD in engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her BS at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Currently she is a research scientist within the Movement and Neurosciences Center at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, a research assistant professor within the Mechanical & Materials Engineering Department at the University of… Continue Reading

Jill Hughes

Student Highlight – Jill Hughes is an MPH student studying Environmental, Occupational and Agricultural Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Public Health (COPH). Originally from Springview, a rural community in north central Nebraska, Jill chose to return to Nebraska upon completing her undergraduate degree at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico, to further her education. After studying and conducting research in forensic biology at the undergraduate level, Jill wanted to find a way to marry her skills from… Continue Reading

Alejandro Hughes

Student Highlight – Alejandro Hughes is a first year MPH student (Health Promotion) at the UNMC College of Public Health.  He grew up in beautiful Cedar Falls, Iowa, before attending Iowa State University, where he received a degree in Community/Public Health Education. The prevention-focused, wide-reaching nature of public health is what led Alejandro to gravitate toward the field.  Since then, he was fortunate to have some great experiences as an AmeriCorps member at a non-profit in Council Bluffs, and most recently he worked for a… Continue Reading

Diptee Ojha

Student Highlight – Diptee Ojha is a PhD candidate in the Health Services Research, Administration, and Policy program in the Department of Health Services Research and Administration. She is originally from Kathmandu, Nepal. Diptee has  an undergraduate degree in dentistry from India and an MBA in health care management from Bellevue University. She currently lives in Omaha with her husband, Kush, and her six year old mutt, Layla. Diptee’s introduction to the world of public health came in a class that she took while in… Continue Reading