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Lisa Weissenburger-Moser Boyd

Lisa Weissenburger-Moser Boyd

Student Highlight: Lisa Weissenburger-Moser Boyd Hometown: West Des Moines, IA Degree Program/Concentration: PhD in epidemiology What brought you to the field of public health? Prior to earning my MPH, I joined the Peace Corps and taught chemistry. The Peace Corps gave me first-hand experience with population health, and it was during this service that I saw the need for sustainable programs in the health field. I came across public health and knew that was where I belonged and was I even more excited as I… Continue Reading

Moses New-Aaron

Moses New-Aaron

Student Highlight: Moses New-Aaron Hometown/Country: Ponyon, Kogi State, Nigeria. Degree Program/Concentration: Master of Public Health, Biostatistics Concentration  What brought you to the field of public health? After College, I received training from the United States President ‘s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for logistics management of HIV/AIDS commodities and in Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) assay of HIV for early infant diagnosis. We provided data on the progress of the mother to child transmission of HIV interventions to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…. Continue Reading

Yang Wang

Yang Wang

Student Highlight – Yang Wang Hometown/Country: Tongling, Anhui, China Degree Program/Concentration: PhD in Health Services Research, Administration, and Policy What brought you to the field of public health? In China, large hospitals experience overcrowding. This may cause patients’ to have unpleasant feelings and may even compromise quality of care. I observed significant differences in public health infrastructures between rural and urban areas during my travels across China. These observations inspired me to learn more about health care systems, and contribute to addressing these efficiency and… Continue Reading

Tai Hoang

Tai Hoang

Student Highlight –  Tai Hoang Hometown/Country: Dalat (The City of Flowers), Vietnam Degree Program/Concentration: Master of Public Health, Environmental, and Occupational Health Sciences concentration What brought you to the field of public health? My interest to pursue a career in public health stems from my involvement in community service and an internship project through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During my undergraduate career at Creighton University, I participated in immersive community service trips and an internship project, both working specifically with the… Continue Reading

Luc Gagné

Luc Gagné

Student Highlight – Luc Gagné Hometown: Warwick, RI Degree Program/Concentration: Master of Public Health, Department of Biostatistics What brought you to the field of public health? I have two parents and three aunts working in healthcare, peaking my interest in this career path. An interest in biology developed into a fascination with molecular biology and genetics. A position in research working with cancer and developmental biology introduced me to epidemiology and biostatistics, which I found enjoyable.  My current course of study is a continuation of… Continue Reading

Zoumana Isaac Traore

Zoumana Isaac Traore

Student Highlight – Zoumana Isaac Traore Hometown: Bamako, Mali Degree program/concentration– Master of Science in Emergency Preparedness What brought you to the field of public health? I experienced a lot of health concerns (Malaria, intestinal worm, varicella, etc.) during my childhood, which seriously impacted me. In my country, I have witnessed many avoidable deaths, including family members and friends due to people’s behaviors and attitudes toward vaccination. Disasters such as drought, flooding, and tornadoes frequently strike my country. I have also witnessed the contamination of… Continue Reading

Aja Kneip Pelster

Aja Kneip Pelster

Student Highlight – Aja Kneip Pelster Hometown: Omaha Degree program/concentration – Ph.D. Student, Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research What brought you to the field of public health? After graduating from UNL, I joined the Peace Corps in Uzbekistan. Because of my brief background in athletic training and lifeguarding in high school, the recruiter suggested public health. It wasn’t long after leaving for Uzbekistan that I realized my passion for the field. What do you like most about the College of Public Health… Continue Reading