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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

COPH faculty to lead new UNMC Office of Community Engagement

Denise H. Britigan, Ph.D

UNMC recently became the first health care campus to be designated by the Carnegie Foundation as a Community Engaged Campus. The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) was created by Vice Chancellor H. Dele Davies, M.D. to support the program aims of this community engagement classification. Denise H. Britigan, PhD. will serve as the Director and Ms. Anita Lee, EdS will coordinate the efforts of the OCE. Growing and enhancing student, faculty, college and institutional capacity for community engagement is the primary goal of the UNMC… Continue Reading

COPH Notable Mentions

Ira F. Combs

Ira F. Combs has been selected to receive the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Laurel for Dedication to Community Service for his outstanding leadership in cancer prevention and early detection. The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists provide the Laurel Awards which honor individuals who have a personal passion for cancer prevention and early detection and who have brought about positive change in the public, professional or political arena. Mr. Combs is the Community Liaison Nurse Coordinator for the Center for… Continue Reading

Opportunities for Applied Field Experience in Public Health

MPH student, getting ready to sample for organic vapors at a nail salon.

Education Highlight –Chandran Achutan, PhD, joined the UNMC Department of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health in 2008. Dr. Achutan began his career as an analytical chemist, attaining an MS in Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health and a doctorate in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Iowa. Before coming to UNMC, Dr. Achutan worked as an industrial hygienist with CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he performed workplace health hazard evaluations across the country. Dr. Achutan teaches the UNMC… Continue Reading