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Summer Epidemiology Research in a Mediterranean Island

UNMC College of Public Health Faculty, Dr. Evi Farazi, and two Master of Public Health (MPH)-Epidemiology students, Ellana Haakenstad and Emma Schultz, spent part of this past summer setting up research projects at the Bank of Cyprus Oncology Center, the largest oncology treatment center in Cyprus, a small island in the Eastern Mediterranean. The students received an award from the Cancer Epidemiology Education in Special Populations program at UNMC, headed by Dr. Amr Soliman, for their summer work which was executed. Both projects were based… Continue Reading

Public Health Association of Nebraska (PHAN) Annual Conference

Public Health Practice – The 2017 Public Health Association of Nebraska (PHAN) annual conference was held on September 21 and 22 in Lincoln, NE. This year’s theme was Public Health 150: Opportunities for Innovation, Advocacy, and Action. Over 20 students, staff, and faculty from UNMC COPH attended the conference. Abby Hughes, MPH student, described it as, “Very engaging! I enjoyed learning about different public health efforts across the state and nation as well as networking with other public health professionals.” Students, faculty, and alumni also… Continue Reading

Nada Alnaji

Nada Alnaji

Student Highlight: Nada Alnaji Hometown: Qatif, Saudi Arabia Degree Program/Concentration: Ph.D. in Epidemiology What brought you to the field of public health? I started my career in clinical medicine then I realized that public health has a bigger impact when it comes to solving global health problems, especially the ones related to minorities and for those in conflict settings. “Saving lives, a million at a time.” What do you like most about the COPH? I like that it is a small college where people know… Continue Reading

UNMC Students Respond to Hurricane Harvey


Public Health Practice – When Hurricane Harvey hit, and distress calls overwhelmed the 911 call system in Houston, the UNMC student response team jumped into action and was activated through their global partners at the Standby Task Force. The student’s role was to “mine” social media coming in from the affected area, and to record the longitude and latitude coordinates for people in need of rescue. This process, called geo-mapping, has been used for dozens of disasters around the globe since the inception of the… Continue Reading

COPH Notable Mentions

COPH Notable Mentions – In the Summer 2017 semester, the following students fulfilled the requirements for Certificate in Emergency Preparedness, Master of Public Health, and Doctor of Philosophy. Congratulations to all these graduating students, and best wishes to them in their chosen Public Health professions! Certificate in Emergency Preparedness Jocelyn Herstein Master of Public Health Graduates & Capstone Project Title Shelby Braun (HPRO) – Current Breastfeeding Practices and Supports in Omaha, Nebraska: A Mixed Methods Study Alexandra Farfalla (EOH) – The Role of Adolescent Development in… Continue Reading

Faculty and Student Education Awards

College of Public Health Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients Dr. Brandon Grimm and Dr. Sharon Medcalf

Education Highlight- The College of Public Health Excellence in Teaching Award is given for excellence in teaching, including classroom instruction, innovation in teaching methods, advising, and other activities that have promoted and expanded the students’ learning experience. This year’s recipients were Dr. Brandon Grimm and Dr. Sharon Medcalf, both of whom are known not only for the exceptional education they provide to COPH students, but for the high quality, innovative training they deliver to practitioners throughout Nebraska, nationally and globally. In addition to his numerous… Continue Reading

Faculty and Student Research Awards

Each year the College of Public Health awards the Chancellor Robert D. Sparks, M.D., Award in Public Health and Preventive Medicine to a person who has shown outstanding innovation and impact on preventing disease and promoting health through public health education, research, and practice, with particular attention to the needs of Nebraska and its citizens.  The selection is based on the degree to which an individual demonstrates excellence, creativity, and/or distinguished collaboration in advancing effective approaches to preventing disease and promotion of health through public… Continue Reading