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Janelle J. Jacobson, PhD

Janelle J. Jacobson, PhD

Alumni Highlight- Janelle J. Jacobson, PhD in Health Services Research, Administration and Policy (2014) Hometown: Badger, Iowa Current career position: I am Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator, State University of New York at Potsdam. While at SUNY Potsdam, I have played an integral role in the development and implementation of a new Masters of Science in Community Health degree program. I have also had the opportunity to guide our students through their professional project experience, which has been a very rewarding experience. This position… Continue Reading

Jenny Sharrick, MPH (MCH, 2016)

Alumni Highlight: Jenny Sharrick, MPH (MCH, 2016) Hometown: Hastings, Nebraska Current career position: Jenny Sharrick’s journey towards a career in public health was accidental and unexpected. Growing up in Hastings, Nebraska she worked on health promotion in areas of food insecurity, poverty, sexual health and hearing health, but formal training was never something she had considered. Jenny began her time at COPH with the Maternal and Child Health certificate program and eventually graduated in December 2016 with an MPH in Maternal and Child Health. She… Continue Reading

Ketki Patel, PhD, MPH

Alumni Highlight: Ketki Patel (MPH in EAOH ’12, and PhD in EPI ’16) Hometown: Anand, Gujarat, India Current career position:  I recently joined the Texas Department of State Health Services (TX DSHS) as a level-III Epidemiologist in the Environmental and Injury Epidemiology and Toxicology (EIET) unit. The best aspects of my job are the diversity of projects and the ability to hone my applied public health skills. One day I am analyzing data, then the next day I am preparing standard operating procedures on information… Continue Reading

Kelli Gruber, MPH

Alumni Highlight – Kelli Gruber, MPH (Epidemiology, 2014) Hometown: York, NE Current Career Position: I recently returned from Colorado, where I completed two years with the Colorado state health department as a CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellow. Now I am with the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition (GSCN) as a Research Associate. The collaborative work environment at GSCN allows me to apply the epidemiology and biostatistics knowledge and skills I acquired during my training at UNMC to both community-focused work and research efforts. The best aspects… 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

Justin Rousek, PhD

Alumni Highlight –  Justin Rousek, PhD in Biomedical Engineering (UNL 2012), MPH in Public Health Administration, 2011 Hometown: Lincoln, NE Current Position: Senior Performance Excellence Engineer, CHI Health (Omaha, NE). This position allows me to combine my technical and public health education to help improve healthcare delivery. I project manage diverse clinical teams to identify and improve various workflow inefficiencies throughout the healthcare environment. Most of my projects include operational and financial metrics, but all projects focus on patient safety and outcomes. Being able to see… Continue Reading

Christopher Brown, MPH

Alumni Highlight – Christopher Brown, MPH in Biostatistics and Epidemiology, 2010 Hometown: Louisville, KY Current Position: I work in the Office of Emergency Management and Preparedness at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the federal agency within the U.S. Department of Labor that is responsible for ensuring safe and healthful working conditions for America’s workers. My group of colleagues coordinates OSHA’s national-level preparedness and response efforts for every type of disaster or other emergency that affects workers, ranging from hurricanes and floods to chemical… Continue Reading