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Nizar K. Wehbi, MD, MPH, MBA

Faculty Highlight – Dr. Nizar Wehbi joined the faculty of the College of Public Health in January 2011. He began his career in clinical medicine, taking care of patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. His love for research took him to cancer research where, with other researchers, he sought to identify biomarkers (proteins) that would predict prostate and bladder cancer at very early stages of disease. He then moved to hospital administration and worked for The Nebraska Medical Center in strategic planning and business… Continue Reading

Michele Kassmeier

Student Highlight – Michele Kassmeier grew up in the #5-ranked place on Money magazine’s 2011 list of America’s best small towns—Papillion, Nebraska. She is currently a student in the UNMC College of Public Health (COPH) Master of Public Health (MPH) Program, with a concentration in epidemiology. As treasurer of the COPH Student Association and MPH student representative on the Research and Development Committee, she is actively involved with several events in the COPH. She also serves as a graduate assistant for the Center for Preparedness… Continue Reading

Jiangtao Luo, PhD, Research on Statistical Methodology and Applications

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Dr. Jiangtao Luo’s research interests are in both statistical methodology and applications. His research areas include statistical methods in genetics and genomics, clinical genetics, genetic epidemiology, modeling, optimal design in clinical trials, public health, longitudinal data analysis, and Bayesian analysis. Dr. Luo’s work with Dr. William Hager has an important application in optimal design, which can result in a more efficient use of resources. Dr. Luo and his collaborators Dr. Hager and Dr. Rongling Wu have developed a model… Continue Reading

The Positive Effects of Gardening (Part 1 of 2)

Public Health Community Advisory – Gardening for health is an old idea that is rapidly gaining wide recognition. The ramifications of gardening for health are widespread. The main purpose of local gardening is to improve diet, especially in areas where fresh vegetables are expensive and hard to find. In even a small back yard, a family can grow enough food to make a significant nutritional contribution. Fresh vegetables can be frozen and stored for later use. And gardening can help the family to reduce its… Continue Reading

Impact in Nebraska of the Supreme Court Decision on Health Law

Public Health in the National News – On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, with the majority opinion that Congress has the authority to use the taxing power endowed by the Constitution to impose the individual mandate. Another key ruling from the Court was that a provision of the ACA to expand the Medicaid program for individuals from 100% of the federal poverty level to 133% of the federal poverty level is optional, rather than required of state governments. You… Continue Reading