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Li-Wu Chen, MHSA, PhD

Faculty Highlight – Li-Wu Chen, MHSA, PhD, Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Health Services Research & Administration Dr. Li-Wu Chen received a Master of Health Services Administration degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and a PhD degree in Health Policy & Administration from the Pennsylvania State University. He grew up in Taiwan and received a Bachelor of Public Health degree from the National Taiwan University. Trained as a health economist, Dr. Chen has directed and conducted research projects in the… Continue Reading

Jagar Jasem, MD

Student Highlight – Jagar Jasem, MD Dr. Jasem is a physician from the Kurdistan Region/Iraq and is currently pursuing an MPH degree, with a concentration in epidemiology, under a Fulbright Scholarship. Dr. Jasem realized the importance of public health to his country soon after he started practicing medicine. “Unfortunately, the medical practice in my country is based mostly on treating diseases rather than preventing them,” said Dr. Jasem. Dr. Jasem also realized that medical practice in his country was not community oriented, as it is… Continue Reading

Pinaki Panigrahi, MD, PhD – Professor of Epidemiology and Pediatrics

Spotlight on Research at COPH Antibiotics have been used for many decades. Penicillin was regarded as a miracle drug 70 years ago. Over the decades, many new generations of antibiotics have been used. In fact, the pace at which bacteria become resistant to one class of antibiotics is probably faster than the drug companies can develop them. Antibiotics resistance is a serious public health threat worldwide according to the World Health Organization. Probiotics are the opposite of antibiotics—they are good or friendly bacteria that have… Continue Reading

“You Better Watch Out” for the Slippery Winter”

Public Health Community Advisory “You Better Watch Out” for the Slippery Winter by Joseph Ka-Chun Siu, PT, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health Winter is a wonderful time of the year, bringing, among other things, holiday celebrations. However it also brings snow, sleet, and ice, which can make sidewalks and pathways slippery. According to the National Safety Council (1), in 2007 in the United States, about 21,000 people died from falls, and 7.9 million were injured as a result of falls…. Continue Reading

The Rediscovery of Medical Humanities

Public Health in the National News The Rediscovery of Medical Humanities by Virginia Aita, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health A renewed interest in the medical humanities arose with the bioethics movement in the 1970s. The medical humanities consist of works of history, literature, philosophy, and religion that intersect with the healing arts. In an age that has witnessed the enormous growth of medical knowledge and technology, one might wonder why the interest in the medical humanities? The reasons relate… Continue Reading

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