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JoEllyn M. McMillan, PhD

Faculty Highlight – Dr. McMillan grew up on a small farm in Illinois, where she acquired her interest in toxicology. She pursued this interest at Texas A&M University, where she received her doctorate in toxicology in 1987. She subsequently held two post-doctoral fellowships, first at the National Center for Toxicological Research in Jefferson, Arkansas, then at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston. After completing her post-doctoral work at MUSC, she continued on as a faculty member in the Pharmacology Department. Her research… Continue Reading

Mahua Saha

Student Highlight – Mahua Saha grew up in Kolkata, India, and developed a natural liking for mathematics and statistics in early childhood. Her work in the field of public health began when she was in high school and she was introduced to many different aspects of public health through volunteering. She continued her volunteer work while in college in Calcutta and was an active member of an AIDS awareness project there. Mahua moved to Omaha in 2007. Her passion for mathematics, statistics, and public health… Continue Reading

Mohammad Siahpush, PhD, Research on Tobacco Control

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Dr. Siahpush’s main research interest is in tobacco control—restricting the growth of tobacco use and thereby reducing the associated mortality and morbidity. Dr. Siahpush’s research uses data from the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, Mexico, Thailand, Malaysia, and China. His research has found an association between social disadvantage (e.g., low level of education or income) and smoking. In particular, his research shows that socially disadvantaged individuals are more likely to smoke and less likely to quit, and individuals who… Continue Reading

COPH Celebrates National Public Health Week

Public Health Community Advisory – The College of Public Health (COPH) coordinated a week of campus and community events from April 2 to 6 to celebrate National Public Health Week. This year’s theme was “A Healthier America Begins Today! Join the Movement!”   A kickoff event was held on Monday at the South Omaha Library, sponsored by the COPH’s Office of Public Health Practice. A panel of public health practitioners and leaders of community organizations answered questions about the health of families asked by Dr…. Continue Reading

Building Research Capacity on the Rez

Public Health in the National News – The Little Priest Tribal College (LPTC) and the UNMC COPH partnered to develop a three-credit-hour course—Indigenous Research Methods—offered at LPTC this spring. The goal is to build research capacity among American Indians and increase the diversity of the public health-related workforce by expanding health career options for tribal college students interested in the health care professions and health sciences. The course is co-led by an LPTC instructor, Carolyn Fiscus, and a COPH faculty member, Dr. Shireen S. Rajaram…. Continue Reading