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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

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

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

What do I need to know about the Ebola virus?


Public Health Community Advisory- What is Ebola? Ebola is a virus which causes an infection. How does Ebola spread and how do I catch it? You can only get Ebola from: Touching the blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola. Touching contaminated objects, like used needles or cloth (used sheets or towels) from an Ebola patient. The Ebola virus is spread by direct contact which means that the person who is sick with the virus has… Continue Reading

Citizen Scientists Help Monitor Water Quality


Public Health Practice – Ever wonder what’s in your water? The Center for Environmental Health and Toxicology (CEHT), in partnership with UNO’s Nebraska Watershed Network, has been working together on projects that specifically focus on the nation’s water quality. One such project was Lil’ Miss Atrazine. Atrazine is an herbicide used primarily on corn, and during rain storms, atrazine is transported, along with other chemicals, into surface waters throughout the Midwestern United States. In most areas, these waters eventually reach the Mississippi River, where they… Continue Reading

Denise H. Britigan, PhD, CHES

Denise Britigan, PhD, CHES

Education Highlight – Denise H. Britigan, PhD, CHES, is an assistant professor in the UNMC COPH Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health. Her teaching focuses on health promotion/community health, with an emphasis on health communication and health literacy. Dr. Britigan will be teaching the first University of Nebraska massive open online course (MOOC), entitled Health Literacy and Communication for Health Professionals, set to begin October 19, 2014. Healthy literacy is identified as a priority for national action and “critical to delivering person-centered health… 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