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Rosa Gofin, MD, MPH

Faculty Highlight – Dr. Rosa Gofin was born in Uruguay, where she pursued her studies in medicine. She moved to Israel, where she earned her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree as part of a specialization in public health in the International Program of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She studied with Dr. Sidney Kark, the pioneer in the development of the Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC) approach. Through Dr. Kark’s teachings and the academic environment of the program, Dr. Gofin’s understanding of diversity, culture… Continue Reading

Janelle Jacobson

Student Highlight – Janelle Jacobson grew up outside the tiny town of Badger, Iowa (population 610), in north central Iowa. After earning a Master of Public Health degree in Community and Behavioral Health at the University of Iowa in 2005, Janelle worked for three-and-a-half years as the partnership program coordinator for both Nebraska CARES and the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service. During that time, Janelle provided technical assistance to organizations that were interested in cancer care, developing programming around cancer screening and early detection,… Continue Reading

Jane Meza, PhD, Biostatistics Research in Public Health

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Dr. Jane Meza’s work involves planning, conducting, and analyzing research studies. Biostatistics is used in public health to study the causes, progression, and treatment of disease. Biostatistical methods are used to carefully design public health studies and to analyze the data. Dr. Meza has worked on studies covering a broad range of public health issues, including smoking cessation in adolescents, Parkinson’s disease, cancer treatment, and biological markers of cancer. She is also interested in statistical methods to model the… Continue Reading

Health Disparities in Heart Disease: A Heartbreaking Reality

Public Health Community Advisory – Advances in public health and medicine have increased life expectancy for all Americans, with the average lifespan exceeding 70 years for all races and both genders. However, stark health disparities continue to exist, with low-income populations and minorities experiencing higher rates of illness and death at earlier ages. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is no exception! (1) The evidence is vast, and the take-home message is that low-income populations and certain minority groups have earlier onset of CVD and earlier death with… Continue Reading

The Great Plains Public Health Training Center

Public Health in the National News – The UNMC College of Public Health is pleased to announce the Great Plains Public Health Training Center (PHTC), a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded PHTC. PHTCs are partnerships between accredited schools of public health, related academic institutions, and public health agencies and organizations. The PHTC program is designed to improve the nation’s public health system by strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial, and leadership competence of current and future public health professionals. The Great Plains PHTC will address… Continue Reading