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Epidemiology in Public Health 6-day summer intensive course offered at COPH

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Education Highlight – The College of Public Health is offering a short, intensive 3 credit hour course July 27- August 3, 2016, entitled “Epidemiology in Public Health.” The course is designed for graduate students, fellows and professionals to gain knowledge and skills in basic epidemiological concepts and applications. Key principals covered include: designs and methods of epidemiologic studies (cohort, case-control, cross-sectional and randomized clinical trials); measures of disease frequency (prevalence, incidence, rates and odds); measures of association (relative risk, odds ratio); evaluation of confounding and… Continue Reading

Yang Wang

Yang Wang

Student Highlight – Yang Wang Hometown/Country: Tongling, Anhui, China Degree Program/Concentration: PhD in Health Services Research, Administration, and Policy What brought you to the field of public health? In China, large hospitals experience overcrowding. This may cause patients’ to have unpleasant feelings and may even compromise quality of care. I observed significant differences in public health infrastructures between rural and urban areas during my travels across China. These observations inspired me to learn more about health care systems, and contribute to addressing these efficiency and… Continue Reading

Results of the 2014 Nebraska Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NE-BRFSS) Health Literacy Screener Items

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Public Health Community Advisory – Health Literacy Nebraska (HLNE) brings together interested stakeholders to develop and implement projects focused on improving the health literacy of all Nebraskans. An HLNE workgroup presented a poster on the idea of adding health literacy screening questions to the Nebraska BRFSS at the Spring 2013 Institute for Healthcare Advancement national health literacy conference in Irvine, California. It was learned there that Kansas had included three (3) health literacy screener questions on the 2012 KS-BRFSS. The HLNE workgroup submitted the necessary… Continue Reading

2016 Faculty and Student Awards

2016 Faculty Award Winners: John Lowe, PhD, Kendra Schmid, PhD, Alice Schumaker, PhD, Shireen Rajaram, PhD and Patrik Johansson, MD, MPH

COPH Notable Mentions – Each year COPH recognizes the work of faculty and students. For more information about each award and past awardees click here. This year’s honorees are: FACULTY UNMC College of Public Health Excellence in Teaching Award Shireen S. Rajaram, PhD Patrik Johansson, MD, MPH Carruth J. Wagner, M.D., Faculty Prize in Public Health Kendra K. Schimd, PhD UNMC College of Public Faculty Research Award John J. Lowe, PhD Fred & Eve Simon Public Health Impact Prize Alice M. Schumaker, MS, MPA, PhD… Continue Reading

Spring 2016 Certificate, MPH, MS and PhD Graduates

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COPH Notable Mentions – In the Spring 2016 semester, the following students fulfilled the requirements for the   Certificate in Public Health, Certificate in Community Oriented Primary Care, Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Emergency Preparedness and 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 Matthew Dorwart Certificate in Public Health Florence Duran Alexandra Farfalla JoVanora Giles Galbreath Mariah Morgan Sarah Swanson Corri Synak Master of… Continue Reading

Leah Frerichs, PhD

Leah Frerichs, PhD

Alumni Highlight –  Leah Frerichs, PhD, Health Promotion Disease Prevention Research (2014) Current Position: I am currently doing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Health Equity Research at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. This fellowship has been a great opportunity to build upon the theoretical and methodological training I received at UNMC. I have been applying those skills in the development of my research projects. My most memorable story is getting a minor head injury while collecting data at a family-based fitness… Continue Reading

Annual UNMC College of Public Health Student Research Day

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Spotlight on Research at COPH –The Annual Student Research Day held April 6, 2016, at UNMC’s College of Public Health continues to grow, and showcase some of the outstanding work being done by COPH students. This year’s event was held during National Public Health Week, on April 6th, and featured poster presentations from a mix of MPH and Ph.D. students. Dr. Tricia D. LeVan, Chair of the COPH Research Committee, which helps organize the event commented, “We had 20 poster presentations this year, and I… Continue Reading