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Opportunities for Applied Field Experience in Public Health

MPH student, getting ready to sample for organic vapors at a nail salon.

Education Highlight –Chandran Achutan, PhD, joined the UNMC Department of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health in 2008. Dr. Achutan began his career as an analytical chemist, attaining an MS in Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health and a doctorate in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Iowa. Before coming to UNMC, Dr. Achutan worked as an industrial hygienist with CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he performed workplace health hazard evaluations across the country. Dr. Achutan teaches the UNMC… Continue Reading

Luc Gagné

Luc Gagné

Student Highlight – Luc Gagné Hometown: Warwick, RI Degree Program/Concentration: Master of Public Health, Department of Biostatistics What brought you to the field of public health? I have two parents and three aunts working in healthcare, peaking my interest in this career path. An interest in biology developed into a fascination with molecular biology and genetics. A position in research working with cancer and developmental biology introduced me to epidemiology and biostatistics, which I found enjoyable.  My current course of study is a continuation of… Continue Reading

Celebrating 10 Years of Leader Development: The Great Plains Public Health Leadership Institute

GPPHLI Curriculum Revisions- 8 Buckets of Learning

A 2004 survey sent to the public health workforce in Nebraska spoke loud and clear, “We need leadership development training in this state.” One look around, and it was clear; a growing number of states had access to either state- or regional-based public health leadership institutes. The workforce in Nebraska and two of its surrounding states—Iowa and South Dakota—did not have these same opportunities. In response, the Great Plains Public Health Leadership Institute (GPPHLI) was conceived in 2004 and launched in 2005 for senior and… Continue Reading

COPH Notable Mentions

Kendra Schmid, PhD

Recent Awards Congratulations to Kendra Schmid PhD, Director of the COPH Masters Programs, Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics, on receiving the UNMC Distinguished Scientist Award. This award, sponsored by the Chancellor, recognizes researchers who have been among the most productive scientists in the country during the past five years. Welcome New Faculty!  Paul Estabrooks PhD, will serve as the Chair of the Department of Health Promotion Social and Behavioral Health. Dr. Estabrooks holds the Harold M. Maurer, M.D., Distinguished Chair in Public Health.  He comes… Continue Reading

The HALO “Healing and Loving Ourselves” Project

The HALO “Healing and Loving Ourselves” Project

Public Health Community Advisory- The HALO “Healing and Loving Ourselves” Project: An Academic-Community Partnership to Eradicate Racial/Ethnic and Gender Disparities Racial/ethnic and gender disparities persist across a myriad of health outcomes nationwide. African American (AA) women are disproportionately burdened by such disparities including but not limited to increased risks for maternal/infant mortality, unintended pregnancies, STDs and chronic diseases. These disparities are exacerbated by the social determinants of health, pejorative stereotypes and historical trauma; warranting immediate attention. The eradication of disparities require multi-prong approaches endorsed, designed,… Continue Reading

Rural Futures Institute Awarded RHEN a Teaching and Engagement Grant


Education Highlight – In 2015, the Rural Futures Institute awarded RHEN a Teaching and Engagement grant to develop Rural Interprofessional UNMC Student Rotations. This collaborative initiative will bring together students from the UNMC College of Dentistry, College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health, and the College of Allied Health Professions, to engage in interprofessional team projects in partnership with the East Central District Public Health Department in Columbus, Nebraska. During the three-week rotation students will engage in team-based service-learning… Continue Reading

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