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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

Patricia Lopez, RN, MSN Recognized as Outstanding Advocate for Public Health in Nebraska

Dean Ali S. Khan and Patricia Lopez, RN, MSN

Public Health Community Advisory-  Patricia Lopez, RN, MSN was recognized as an outstanding advocate for Public Health in Nebraska at the annual COPH Awards Ceremony. Ms. Lopez works with local health departments to assist them in preparing for national public health accreditation. For the past seven years, this project has taken her to National meetings allowing her the opportunity to work with peers in other states. She is currently a Site Visitor for the Public Health Accreditation Board for local health departments in other states…. Continue Reading

Drs. De Alba Rosales and Grimm honored for Public Health “Impact”

Dean Ali S. Khan, Alice Schumaker, PhD,MS, MPA,  Armando De Alba Rosales, MD, MPH and Brandon Grimm PhD, MPH

Public Health Practice – Drs. De Alba Rosales and Brandon Grimm were awarded the Fred & Eve Simon Public Health “Impact” Prize at the 2015 Annual Awards dinner in recognition of their work in Public Health. Armando De Alba Rosales, MD, MPH Dr. Armando De Alba Rosales is an Instructor in the UNMC COPH Department of Health Promotion, Social, and Behavioral Health. He received his medical degree from the Autonomous University of the State of Puebla, Mexico and is currently an active primary care physician… Continue Reading

Spring 2015 Certificate, MPH and PhD Graduates

Congratulations COPH Graduates

COPH Notable Mentions – In the spring 2015 semester, the following students fulfilled the requirements for the College of Public Health Certificate in Public Health, College of Public Health Certificate in Emergency Preparedness, College of Public Health Master of Public Health and the College of Public Health Doctor of Philosophy. Congratulations to all these graduating students! Best wishes to them in their chosen public health professions. Certificate in Community Oriented Primary Care  Angela Sucha Certificate in Emergency Preparedness  Jacob Franklin Brian Smith Certificate in Infections… Continue Reading

College of Public Health Delivers Relevant Continuing Education Programs

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Education Highlight –  The College of Public Health is dedicated to assuring that our existing public health workforce has the skills and resources necessary to protect and promote the public’s health.  Over the past year, the COPH delivered more than 140 professional development opportunities for governmental and nonprofit public health workers, emergency responders, clinicians, community members, and many others.  Even more impressive than the number of opportunities is the number of individuals who were impacted by the programs.  In 2014, over 500 individuals throughout the state… Continue Reading

Laura Aust

Laura Aust

Student Highlight – Laura Aust  Hometown- Omaha, NE Degree program/concentration- Master of Public Health in Health Administration What brought you to public health? – I think my prior experience working as a psychometrist, as well as working in healthcare, inspired me to learn about other ways that I can contribute to the health needs of a community. Before I worked in psychology, I was part of the College of Nursing Smoking Cessation Research. It was there that I first learned about Public Health and the… 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