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Dr. Leslie Elliott

Faculty Highlight – Leslie Elliott, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Acting Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Dr. Elliott received her bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also was awarded a master of public health (MPH) degree in occupational health and a PhD degree in epidemiology. After obtaining her PhD in epidemiology, Dr. Elliott worked as a research fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, where she held a joint appointment in the… Continue Reading

Jessica Njoku

Student Highlight – Jessica Njoku, PharmD, MPH Student, Biostatistics Concentration Growing up in Nigeria, Jessica Njoku experienced firsthand the challenges that residents of Third World countries face in obtaining the basic necessities of life such as food, sanitary conditions, and shelter. However, since relocating to the US, she has come a long way toward furthering her education and training as a health care professional. Jessica received a doctorate in pharmacy from Texas Tech School of Pharmacy. As a pharmacy student, she participated in health-related community… Continue Reading

Spotlight on Research at COPH

Dr. LeVan Studies the Genetic Epidemiology of Respiratory Disease Among Agricultural Workers To realize the promise of genetic epidemiology in research and public health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Tricia LeVan, PhD, established the Core Facility for Mutation and Methylation Analysis. Dr. LeVan is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology, with a research focus on how an individual’s genetic background can alter his or her susceptibility to environmental toxins, such as organic dust from the agriculture environment. Dr. LeVan studies chronic… Continue Reading

Public Health Community Advisory

The Emerging Problem of Distracted Driving by Jim Stimpson, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Health Services Research & Administration Distracted driving from electronic device use, especially talking on a cell phone or sending text messages, has become a major public health threat. Talking on a cell phone while driving is estimated to raise the risk of collision by more than 30%, and those who text while driving are 23 times more likely than those who do not to have a crash. A recent study estimates… Continue Reading

Public Health in the National News

Environmental Factors and Their Influence on Cancer Rates by Eleanor G. Rogan, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental, Agricultural, & Occupational Health; Professor, Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases, University of Nebraska Medical Center About one-third to one-half of US residents will develop cancer in their lifetime. Many will have simple, easily treated types of cancer, but others will have a more difficult time. Most biomedical scientists think that the environment in which we live and work plays a key role… Continue Reading