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 Awards Dinner. Competitive prizes were funded by our generous donors and supporters.
Monirul Islam, PhD, MD, MPH
Dr. Islam is the 2013 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 been presented at regional, national, and/or international conferences
Dr. Islam is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology. Dr. Islam currently teaches classes such as Advanced Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Infectious Disease and Cancer Epidemiology, and Infectious Disease Epidemiology. He is currently a graduate student advisor for two students and has advised over 15 students. Dr. Islam has also served on over 15 MPH capstone advising committees. His studies include a PhD in epidemiology from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, an MD from Dhaka University, and an MPH from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
Dr. Islam is the primary investigator for “Patient-defined Treatment Success and Preferences in Stage IV Lung Cancer Patients” funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. He is the co-primary investigator for “Early Detection of Tuberculosis Based on a New molecular Technique for Prevention of Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis: 2013-2015” funded by an International Grant (Dominican Republic Government), and for “A New Approach to an Old Epidemic of Sexually Transmitted Infections in Northeast Omaha” funded by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Nebraska.
Shireen Rajaram, PhD
Dr. Rajaram is the 2014 recipient of the Carruth J. Wagner, MD, Faculty Prize in Public Health, which recognizes a member of the Governing Faculty at the rank of assistant or associate professor who has shown promise in research and service, increases public health awareness, and raises the level of interest in public health careers among students.
Dr. Rajaram is an associate professor in the Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health in the UNMC College of Public Health. Her research interests include health disparities pertaining to domestic violence and sex trafficking, breast and cervical cancer, diabetes, childhood lead poisoning, and healthy aging. Her classes at the COPH include Health Behavior, Program Planning, and Health Disparities. She has received grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
She was the former director of the COPH Center for Reducing Health Disparities. Dr. Rajaram was a professor of sociology and chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at UNO from 2005-2008. She received her PhD in medical sociology from the University of Kentucky and has a certificate in medical behavioral sciences from the Department of Medical Behavioral Sciences at the University of Kentucky.