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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

The Health Center Association of Nebraska – Impacting Public Health by Fulfilling Its Mission


Public Health Community Advisory – Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) serve over 22 million people in more than 9,000 sites across urban, suburban, and rural America. FQHCs are particularly adept at reducing health disparities by breaking down barriers to health care such as lack of providers, lack of culturally appropriate health services, and unaffordability. Since FQHCs serve everyone regardless of their ability to pay, they save the American health care system $24 billion a year by lowering more costly trips to emergency rooms. Nebraska’s Community… Continue Reading

May 21, 2013 – “Hispanic/Latino Paradox in Mortality, Health and Aging in the United States”

College of Public Health Maurer Center for Public Health May 21, 2013 The Center for Reducing Health Disparities presents: “Hispanic/Latino Paradox in Mortality, Health and Aging in the United States” presented by Kyriakos S. Markides, PhD. Dr. Markides is the editor of the Journal of Aging and Health, as well as “The Encyclopedia of Health and Aging.” He is the director of the division of sociomedical sciences, department of preventive medicine and community health, University of Texas Medical Branch. He is currently the Annie and… Continue Reading

The College of Public Health Spring Gala

The College of Public Health Spring Gala was held on April 6, 2013 at the Joslyn Art Museum.  The gala was a celebration of National Public Health Week with community friends of the college, faculty and staff.                 

Ozgur Araz, PhD: Developing System Simulation Models to Inform Public Health Policy Decisions

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Dr. Araz’s research focuses on developing system simulation models to analyze and understand the behaviors of complex systems and to inform policy decision making about complex public health issues. Simulation gives policy makers the ability to see the real-time impact of their decisions. As an industrial engineer trained in systems simulation and computational methods, Dr. Araz participates in various research projects in the College of Public Health (COPH) and collaborates with faculty from other colleges on campus. His recent… Continue Reading

Dr. Baojiang Chen, PhD, Research on Biostatistical Methodological Development and Applications

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Dr. Chen’s current research focuses on both methodological development and statistical applications to research, such as in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) studies and cancer studies. Dr. Chen has been working on statistical methods and analyses for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (NACC). Approximately 5 million people in the United States and more than 37 million people worldwide are affected by AD. With AD, a person’s memory and ability to learn and carry out daily activities such… Continue Reading

Kendra Schmid, PhD

Faculty Highlight – Dr. Kendra Schmid teaches BIOS 823/CPH 653, Categorical Data Analysis. While this course is an MPH biostatistics concentration course, students in other programs also enroll. Dr. Schmid is developing an online section of the MPH biostatistics core course, BIOS 806/CPH 506, to be offered in spring 2013. Dr. Schmid’s methodological research focuses on statistical shape analysis, and more specifically, on methods of describing, mapping, and matching shapes using landmark coordinates. As a biostatistician, she serves as a statistician for research projects across… Continue Reading