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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

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

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

Theresa Tonozzi, MPH

Theresa Tonozzi, MPH

Alumni Highlight – Theresa Tonozzi, MPH Hometown: Glenwood Springs, Colorado Graduated: 2013 Master of Public Health, Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health Current position: I currently work for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) which is the federal agency devoted to conducting research and providing recommendations to prevent work-related injury and illness. I have been researching work-related injuries among minority populations in the U.S. I have greatly enhanced my skills in epidemiologic practices, encompassing the phases from data analysis to results dissemination. A… Continue Reading

College of Public Health Alumni Recognized

Shane Wurdeman, PhD, MSPO, CP, FAAOP and Eleanor G Rogan, PhD

Alumni Highlight – Two College of Public Health (COPH) Alumni were recognized at the Annual COPH Awards Dinner in recognition of their service. Michele Kassmeier, MPH Michele Kassmeier, MPH, is the 2015 recipient of the College of Public Health Alumni Association Spirit of Service Award. Michele is a Program Coordinator/Communications Specialist with the UNMC COPH Center for Preparedness Education. She is involved with the planning and development of several educational programs that PrepEd offers. Michele received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry with minors… Continue Reading

Chad T. Wetzel, MPH

Chad T. Wetzel, MPH

Alumni Highlight – Chad T. Wetzel graduated from COPH in 2013 with a MPH in Epidemiology. Hometown: Grand Island, NE Current Career Position: I am currently an Epidemiologist in the Communicable Disease and Epidemiology section of the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) in Omaha, Nebraska. My main responsibilities are to investigate and track reportable diseases and outbreaks, prevent further transmission of infectious diseases in our community such as measles, influenza, and tuberculosis, and provide epidemiology reports for the community and public health partners. Because I was… Continue Reading

Sarena Dacus, MPH

Sarena Dacus, MPH

Alumni Highlight: Sarena Dacus Hometown: Omaha, NE Year graduated from our program: 2013 Degree and concentration: MPH, Community Health Education Current career position: I currently serve as the Executive Director of FAMILY, Inc. A non-profit organization providing public health and family support services to women, children and families in Southwest Iowa. We have the ability to administer our program in a manner that allows for in-depth care coordination throughout the critical early years of child development and beyond. After beginning my public health career in… Continue Reading