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Dr. John Adams

Faculty Highlight – John Adams, PhD, MBA, MA, CPA (inactive), Associate Professor, Department of Health Services Research and Administration Dr. Adams joined the faculty of the College of Public Health in January 2011 after 22 years as a UNMC administrator, most recently as assistant vice chancellor for budget and strategic planning. Prior to retiring as assistant vice chancellor, Dr. Adams was responsible for strategic planning, long-range financial planning, budgeting, debt financing, and federal financial compliance. He will continue to coordinate UNMC strategic planning and implementation through… Continue Reading

Student Highlight

Erica Colbert was born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Living in Wyoming and witnessing firsthand the need for and benefits of protecting the quality of water, a resource often taken for granted, led Erica to pursue a degree that would provide her with the education needed to be able to contribute to the protection of water quality in her home state. Erica is pursuing a Master of Public Health degree in Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health. Erica has completed 24 credit hours of course work… Continue Reading

Spotlight on Research at COPH

Biostatisticians and Childhood Cancer Research Biostatistics is one of the core disciplines of public health. Biostatistical science includes the application of statistical methods to research in the biological sciences, and the development of new statistical methodology to apply to that research. Dr. James Anderson, a professor in the Department of Biostatistics, is one of the biostatisticians at the UNMC College of Public Health who collaborates with the clinical researchers of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). The COG is a consortium of more than 200 hospitals… Continue Reading

Public Health Community Advisory

Health Literacy: How does it impact you? by Denise H. Britigan, PhD, CHES, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health “Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.”~~~Healthy People 2010 “Health literacy” refers to functional health literacy, the core components of which are reading, writing, math, and oral language skills—both hearing and speaking. Functional literacy requires skills in each of these areas. Literacy… Continue Reading

Public Health in the National News

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia by Asia Sikora, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is now the fifth leading cause of death for those 65 years of age and older in the United States. An estimated 5.4 million people are currently affected by some form of dementia, the most common of which is AD. While the cause of AD is yet unknown, it is believed that the accumulations of proteins inside and outside of nerve cells in the… Continue Reading