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Awards presented at College of Public Health convocation

Students and faculty receiving awards

Faculty and student awards were presented at the College of Public Health’s convocation held May 4. The following College of Public Health faculty members and students were honored: Excellence in Teaching Award: Lorena Baccaglini, D.D.S., Ph.D., associate professor, epidemiology, for her ability to break down and teach complex statistical concepts with humor and enthusiasm. Carruth J. Wagner, M.D., Faculty Prize in Public Health: Fernando Wilson, Ph.D., acting director and associate professor, Center for Health Policy, for his contribution to the recent closing of liquor stores… Continue Reading

Salomon Compaore, MD, MPH

Picture of Salomon Compaore, MD, MPH

Alumni Highlight: Salomon Compaore, MD, MPH Hometown: Niaogho, Burkina Faso Current career position: After working for a year with the Nebraska DHHS as a Project Coordinator for the Nebraska Immunization Information System (NESIIS) and as an Epidemiologist with the Southern Nevada Health District, I currently fill a managerial position with the Center Region Health Directorate in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. I head the Office of Disease Control and the Protection of Specific Groups. In collaboration with local and international partners such as Pathfinder, CDC, and Jhpiego,… Continue Reading

Tai Hoang, MPH

Tai Hoang, MPH

Alumni Highlight: Tai Hoang, MPH (Environment, Agricultural and Occupational Health, 2016) Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska Current career position: I have the great honor to serve my country in the United States Air Force while also utilizing my skill sets of healthcare and science. As a public health officer in the United States Air Force, I am responsible for an array of public health components, such as communicable diseases and occupational and environmental health.  In order to maintain the health of our airmen, some of my responsibilities… Continue Reading

Kaeli Samson, MA, MPH

Kaeli Samson, MA, MPH

Alumni Highlight: Kaeli Samson, MA, MPH (Biostatistics, 2016) Hometown: Omaha, NE Current career position: I work as a Statistician in the Department of Biostatistics in the UNMC College of Public Health. In this position I work with research groups across campus, and sometimes across Nebraska, to help with their data analysis and interpretation. This job allows me to use and expand the statistics, research, and SAS skills I learned in my program [Master of Public Health (MPH) – Biostatistics Concentration ], plus I get exposed to… Continue Reading

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

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