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National Public Health Week

COPH PHamily PHeud

Public Health Community Advisory –  The UNMC College of Public Health Student Association hosted a week of fun-filled events in April to celebrate National Public Health Week sponsored by the COPH Dean’s Office, COPH Alumni Association, COPH Research Committee, the UNMC Center for Healthy Living, and the NU Foundation. Starting on Monday with a PHamily PHeud style Game Day, hosted by Kathleen Brandert (pictured), more than 40 students, faculty, and staff attended and learned public health tips on how to be the Healthiest Nation in… Continue Reading

COPH Notable Mentions

Nebraska State Senator Mike Gloor

The Chancellor Robert D. Sparks, M.D., Award in Public Health and Preventive Medicine was presented to Nebraska State Sen. Mike Gloor, from District 35. Senator Gloor is chairman of the Revenue Committee and a member of the Banking, Insurance and Commerce Committee and the Legislative Planning Committee. Sen. Gloor is serving his final year in the Nebraska Legislature due to term limits. Before joining the legislature, he was president and CEO of St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island, Neb., served as chairman of the… Continue Reading

Agricultural Health and Safety Course Strives to Reduce the Burden of Ag Illness and Injury

COPH Agricultural Health and Safety Course Farm Tour

Education Highlight – From agricultural aerosols to zoonotic diseases, the COPH Agricultural Health and Safety Course (ENV 902/CPH619) presents topics that cover the extensive health and safety risks faced by agricultural workers. This 3-credit course will be held July 12-15, 2016 during the second five-week summer session, with continuing education credits offered.  The course curriculum is designed for public health and health professions students, health care providers, safety professionals, and others concerned with reducing injury and illness in agricultural workers.  In addition to classroom learning,… 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

Practical Playbook – A Stepping Stone in the Transformation of Health

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Public Health Practice – Advancing collaboration between public health and primary care to improve population health was the topic addressed by Dr. Don Bradley, MD, MHS-CL, a featured speaker at the 2015 Public Health Association of Nebraska (PHAN) annual meeting held in Kearney Nebraska. Dr. Bradley holds a position as an Associate Consulting Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke and serves as Director for The Practical Playbook. Dr. Bradley described the vision of the Practical Playbook organization as public health… Continue Reading

Justin Rousek, PhD

Justin Rousek, PhD

Alumni Highlight –  Justin Rousek, PhD in Biomedical Engineering (UNL 2012), MPH in Public Health Administration, 2011 Hometown: Lincoln, NE Current Position: Senior Performance Excellence Engineer, CHI Health (Omaha, NE). This position allows me to combine my technical and public health education to help improve healthcare delivery. I project manage diverse clinical teams to identify and improve various workflow inefficiencies throughout the healthcare environment. Most of my projects include operational and financial metrics, but all projects focus on patient safety and outcomes. Being able to see… Continue Reading

Todd Wyatt, PhD examines dust exposure and lung disease

Todd Wyatt, PhD

Todd Wyatt, PhD is a professor with a primary appointment in the College of Public Health, Department of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health. He also has appointments as professor in the College of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep & Allergy and serves as a Research Career Scientist at the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Healthcare System. Dr. Wyatt’s research into the effects of organic dust exposure on lung function, like that experienced by agricultural workers in confined animal feeding operations, is funded in part by… Continue Reading