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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

College Helps Qatar Prepare for 2022 World Cup

Boats and buildings in Doha, Qatar

Education Highlight – Successful health security is about partnerships in a shrinking global arena. We are fortunate to have a Dean that is well connected to the global preparedness network. In late 2016 Dean Khan asked the Center for Preparedness Education (in the College of Public Health) to represent him for the planning of a workshop to be hosted in Doha, Qatar. Drs. Sharon Medcalf, Ted Cieslak, and Elayne Saejung worked with Qatar’s National Committee for the Prohibition of Weapons of Mass Destruction, to design… Continue Reading

Public Health Collaborations: Group from the UNMC College of Public Health visits China

Education Highlight – In November 2017, a group from UNMC’s College of Public Health (COPH) visited China to participate in the 9th Annual Symposium of the China-US Research Center for Life Sciences, which pairs UNMC investigators with peers from Chinese institutions. The Symposium was jointly initiated by UNMC and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2007, and it alternates location each year between Beijing and Omaha. This year CAS hosted the Symposium which was focused on infectious disease and public health. UNMC and CAS invited… Continue Reading

Education needs on intimate partner violence explored

Piicture of Alena Skrundevskiy and Jessica Semin

Education Highlight – On Thursday, December 7, 2014, UNMC College of Public Health graduate students Jessica Semin and Alena Skrundevskiy discussed the results of a needs assessment they oversaw designed to pinpoint education needs for health profession students on intimate partner violence (IPV). Topics included: IPV as a public health issue; the results of the needs assessment, which was compiled in the fall of 2016 to determine students’ needs and preferences for training programs on IPV; and the results of an intervention (a four-part, on-campus… Continue Reading

Undergraduates Explore Public Health at UNMC

Education Highlight –  More than 25 undergraduate students and faculty advisors representing UNMC’s Public Health Early Admissions Student Track (PHEAST) pipeline program were on campus for a combined visit and open house. Every fall, students from PHEAST partner institutions, Chadron State College (CSC), Peru State College (PSC), Wayne State College (WSC), and the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK), visit the UNMC College of Public Health to learn about careers in public health. PHEAST is designed to recruit, educate and graduate passionate public health leaders… Continue Reading

Faculty and Student Education Awards

College of Public Health Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients Dr. Brandon Grimm and Dr. Sharon Medcalf

Education Highlight- The College of Public Health Excellence in Teaching Award is given for excellence in teaching, including classroom instruction, innovation in teaching methods, advising, and other activities that have promoted and expanded the students’ learning experience. This year’s recipients were Dr. Brandon Grimm and Dr. Sharon Medcalf, both of whom are known not only for the exceptional education they provide to COPH students, but for the high quality, innovative training they deliver to practitioners throughout Nebraska, nationally and globally. In addition to his numerous… Continue Reading

Suzanne and Ward Chambers Global Health Fellowship

Kushal Karan, M.D.

Education Highlight – The Chambers’ Global Health Fellowship provides support for UNMC students interested in conducting population health research overseas in qualified countries (countries without U.S. State Department travel restrictions). The fellowship is particularly interested in projects with: a compelling, focused topic with well-defined aims and methods applicants who have passionate motivation to impact the pursuit of health globally, across and within health disciplines. The Fellowship includes 4-6 weeks of global site work, with an additional 4 to 6 weeks dedicated to preparation for the… Continue Reading