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Dr. Chandran Achutan

Faculty Highlight – Dr. Chandran Achutan is an assistant professor in the COPH Department of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health. He obtained his BS in chemistry from Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia, and his MS and PhD in occupational and environmental health from the University of Iowa. Prior to coming to the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in 2008, he was a staff scientist at the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), where he conducted health hazard evaluations at workplaces… Continue Reading

COPH Students Conduct Service-Learning Projects in India

Through the COPH Center for Global Health and Development’s partnership with the Asia Institute of Public Health in Orissa, India, four students in the COPH Master of Public Health Program took part this spring in service-learning projects in Orissa, focusing on low birth weight, childhood nutrition, the new Indian health law, and reproductive health. Below, several of the students reflect on their experiences. Abbey Munyon My main area of interest in public health is global maternal and child health, with an emphasis in nutrition. I… Continue Reading

Spotlight on Research at COPH

 Timing is Everything by Alan Kolok, PhD, professor in the COPH Department of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health Is bigger always better? In toxicology, the use of enhanced analytical resolution or enhanced discriminatory power defines “large scale” science, giving the researcher greater ability to discriminate between zero and a real value. For example, it used to be that compounds in water could be measured in the parts per million range; now they can routinely be measured in the parts per billion range. However, there… Continue Reading

Public Health Community Advisory

Screening Strategies Aim to Protect Children in the Omaha Community from Lead Exposure by Leslie Elliott, MPH, PHD, assistant professor in the COPH Department of Epidemiology The COPH is partnering with the Children’s Physicians Medical Group in Omaha (affiliated with Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, and Creighton University) to develop new screening strategies for identifying children at high risk of lead toxicity. Lead toxicity can lead to many adverse health conditions, especially learning and behavioral disorders. In the past, the major sources of lead exposure… Continue Reading

Public Health in the National News

Socioeconomics and Smoking Prevalence by Mohammad Siahpush, PhD, professor in the COPH Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health Smoking is the leading cause of preventable mortality in the United States. Cigarette smoking is the cause of about 443,000 deaths each year. More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined. Smoking-attributable health care expenditure ($96 billion) plus productivity loss ($97 billion) is… Continue Reading