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Data collection continues as halfway point reached in malaria project

College of Public Health Department of Epidemiology Assistant Professor, Abraham Mengist, PhD, is continuing data collection in Ethiopia as part of a two-year malaria project. The project is a collaboration with researchers from Addis Ababa University and is investigating the impact of repeated anthelminthic treatment on the Epidemiology and clinical outcomes of malaria, anemia, undernutrition, and academic performance of children.  Speaking of the project, Dr. Mengist said, “we are conducting a randomized trial among school-age children in Ethiopia, where some are treated with Albendazole (400mg)… Continue Reading

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

Faculty Honored for Notable Achievements

Education Highlight– Dr. Lorena Baccaglini and Elizabeth Lyden are the 2015 recipients of the UNMC College of Public Health Excellence in Teaching Award. This award, honoring governing faculty members whose outstanding teaching contributions facilitate the highest levels of student learning, was presented at the College of Public Health Annual Awards dinner held April 15, 2015. Lorena Baccaglini, DDS, MS, PhD  Dr. Lorena Baccaglini is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the UNMC College of Public Health (COPH). Dr. Baccaglini received her doctorate in… Continue Reading

Jim Stimpson, PhD

Faculty Highlight – Jim P. Stimpson, PhD, is the founding director of the UNMC Center for Health Policy, a tenured associate professor, and Graduate Program director in the Department of Health Services Research and Administration at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. His disciplinary background is sociology, with specific training and expertise in health policy analysis and evaluation, advanced statistical analyses, and translating empirical research results to stakeholders. The focus of his research is on social influences of population health and inequalities, and he conducts… Continue Reading

Jaime Gofin, MD, MPH

Faculty Highlight –  Jaime Gofin, MD, MPH, joined the UNMC College of Public Health (COPH) faculty in 2010.  He obtained his MD in 1972 and his MPH in 1974.  Prior to moving to Omaha, Dr. Gofin served as faculty at The George Washington University (GW) and Hebrew University.  He has served as a consultant to the Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization since 1994. Since 1981, Dr. Gofin has introduced more than 3,500 students and practitioners to Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC) through… Continue Reading

Ashish Joshi, PhD, MD, MPH

Faculty Highlight – Dr. Joshi currently teaches an online course, Public Health Informatics. He has been involved in developing the curriculum for the UNMC Graduate Program in Biomedical Informatics. He also gives guest lectures for the Introduction to Biomedical Informatics course. He has been an academic advisor to PhD students and MPH students, and has served on service learning/capstone committees. He has mentored MPH students, certificate students, and other graduate students across various global settings.  Dr. Joshi also mentored a faculty assistant professor for a… Continue Reading

Denise Britigan, MA, PhD, CHES

Faculty Highlight – Dr. Denise H. Britigan received her PhD in Health Education from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. She also holds an MA in Library and Information Science and a BS in Medical Technology. She was a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists for over 20 years, and has been a nationally certified health education specialist since 2008. Dr. Britigan also completed a two-year, inter-professional Certificate of Preparing Future Faculty program during her doctoral studies.  She joined the College of… Continue Reading