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Kelli Gruber, MPH

Kelli Gruber, MPH

Alumni Highlight – Kelli Gruber, MPH (Epidemiology, 2014) Hometown: York, NE Current Career Position: I recently returned from Colorado, where I completed two years with the Colorado state health department as a CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellow. Now I am with the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition (GSCN) as a Research Associate. The collaborative work environment at GSCN allows me to apply the epidemiology and biostatistics knowledge and skills I acquired during my training at UNMC to both community-focused work and research efforts. The best aspects… Continue Reading

Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health Recommended for 5 More Years of Funding

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Spotlight on Research at COPH – The Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH), a NIOSH agricultural forestry and fishing Center, has received recommendation for a second 5 year cycle of funding beginning September 2016. The aims of CS-CASH are to conduct high quality research and translate scientific discoveries into practical applications to reduce the burden of injury and illness among farmers, ranchers, their families, and workers. The Center has high scientific and technical competency, is forward looking, and has a strong network… Continue Reading

National Infant Mortality Awareness Month


Public Health Community Advisory – September is Infant Mortality Awareness month, and CityMatCH is looking to draw attention to the inequities that still linger. Overall, the United States is making progress in reducing infant mortality rates (IMR). In 2013, the IMR was 5.96/1,000 live births. From 2005 through 2011, the infant mortality rate declined 12 percent. The decline was highest in states with the highest burden, which is encouraging news.[1] However, the disparity between white and black infant mortality continues to persist. If projections hold true,… Continue Reading

Summer 2016 Certificate, MPH, MS and PhD Graduates

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COPH Notable Mentions – In the Summer 2016 semester, the following students fulfilled the requirements for the Certificate in Public Health, Certificate in Community Oriented Primary Care, Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Emergency Preparedness and Doctor of Philosophy. Congratulations to all these graduating students! Best wishes to them in their chosen public health professions. Certificate in Community Oriented Primary Care Sarah Meuret Certificate in Public Health Muhammad Javaid Nishitha Meuret Sachi Verma Master of Public Health Graduates & Capstone Project Muhammad Javaid… Continue Reading

Epidemiology in Public Health 6-day summer intensive course offered at COPH


Education Highlight – The College of Public Health is offering a short, intensive 3 credit hour course July 27- August 3, 2016, entitled “Epidemiology in Public Health.” The course is designed for graduate students, fellows and professionals to gain knowledge and skills in basic epidemiological concepts and applications. Key principals covered include: designs and methods of epidemiologic studies (cohort, case-control, cross-sectional and randomized clinical trials); measures of disease frequency (prevalence, incidence, rates and odds); measures of association (relative risk, odds ratio); evaluation of confounding and… 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

Results of the 2014 Nebraska Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NE-BRFSS) Health Literacy Screener Items


Public Health Community Advisory – Health Literacy Nebraska (HLNE) brings together interested stakeholders to develop and implement projects focused on improving the health literacy of all Nebraskans. An HLNE workgroup presented a poster on the idea of adding health literacy screening questions to the Nebraska BRFSS at the Spring 2013 Institute for Healthcare Advancement national health literacy conference in Irvine, California. It was learned there that Kansas had included three (3) health literacy screener questions on the 2012 KS-BRFSS. The HLNE workgroup submitted the necessary… Continue Reading