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Susanna Von Essen, MD, MPH

Faculty Highlight – Dr. Susanna Von Essen has played a vital role in the growth of the College of Public Health (COPH). She was chair of the Department of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health committee responsible for establishing the blueprint for the department in 2007. She contributed to the development of courses and curriculum for the Master of Public Health concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH), serving as the department’s representative on the Graduate Program Committee, the precursor to the current COPH Curriculum Committee…. Continue Reading

Sarbinaz Bekmuratova

Student Highlight – Sarbinaz Bekmuratova is a doctoral student in the Department of Health Services Research and Administration in the College of Public Health (COPH). Sarbinaz is from Nukus, Uzbekistan, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in philology at Karakalpak State University in 2005. She received an Edmund Muskie Fellowship funded by the US State Department to pursue her master’s degree in community health at Minnesota State University, where she graduated in the summer of 2012. She started her COPH PhD program in the fall… Continue Reading

Ozgur Araz, PhD: Developing System Simulation Models to Inform Public Health Policy Decisions

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Dr. Araz’s research focuses on developing system simulation models to analyze and understand the behaviors of complex systems and to inform policy decision making about complex public health issues. Simulation gives policy makers the ability to see the real-time impact of their decisions. As an industrial engineer trained in systems simulation and computational methods, Dr. Araz participates in various research projects in the College of Public Health (COPH) and collaborates with faculty from other colleges on campus. His recent… Continue Reading

February is American Heart Month

Public Health Community Advisory – February is a time to promote optimal nutrition and a heart-healthy lifestyle in our community. Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in the United States. A balanced, nutritious diet is a cornerstone to decrease blood cholesterol and high blood pressure, the major causes of heart disease. A key to a heart-healthy diet is consuming food low in saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium, and high in fiber and omega 3 fatty acids. Simple changes practiced every day make… Continue Reading

Influenza Hits Early And Hard

Public Health in the National News – Why is the influenza (flu) season so severe this year? It should not surprise us, since this virus is very unpredictable. The effectiveness of the flu vaccine depends on the “match” between the influenza viruses in the vaccine and those spreading in the community. The 2012-2013 influenza vaccine contains most of the influenza strains circulating in the community, including the 2009 epidemic strain. The vaccine is estimated to be about 62% effective at preventing the flu, and if… Continue Reading