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Ashish Joshi, PhD, MD, MPH

Faculty Highlight – Dr. Joshi currently teaches an online course, Public Health Informatics. He has been involved in developing the curriculum for the UNMC Graduate Program in Biomedical Informatics. He also gives guest lectures for the Introduction to Biomedical Informatics course. He has been an academic advisor to PhD students and MPH students, and has served on service learning/capstone committees. He has mentored MPH students, certificate students, and other graduate students across various global settings.  Dr. Joshi also mentored a faculty assistant professor for a… Continue Reading

Timothy “Jesse” Davy

Student Highlight – Jesse Davy is an MPH student in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Public Health (COPH). Jesse is originally from Norfolk, Nebraska, and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Jesse and his wife Michel have three children—Hudson, Isabella, and Story Lee (ages 8, 4, and 1, respectively). In 2007, Jesse became aware of the rise in sexual trafficking of underage teens, and through a variety of avenues, discovered the need for… Continue Reading

Chrissy (Hauschel) Tonkinson, MPH (BIOS, 2012)

Alumni Highlight – Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska Current Position: I am the Research Coordinator at Voices for Children in Nebraska. I love that I am able to use the skills I gained at the COPH, especially my statistics skills, to work with a non-profit with a great mission. I had no idea when I started my MPH that such jobs existed or that data analysis skills were in such high demand in a huge variety of industries. Every day I am able to take data and… Continue Reading

Fang Yu PhD: Methods to Identify Differentially Expressed Genes/Proteins Associated with Disease Progression or Intervention

Spotlight on Research at COPH – Dr. Fang Yu’s primary research interest focuses on analysis and development of Bayesian statistical methods for high-throughput data. High-throughput technique has been widely used to study the association between gene/protein expression and disease progression or prevention, and has greatly impacted multiple fields, including medicine and public health. Although these high-throughput tools offer rich biological information, they are highly error-prone, because many genes or proteins are monitored simultaneously with a relatively small sample size. On the other hand, the parallel… Continue Reading

Harvest Season Safety

Public Health Community Advisory – Harvest season arrived a little later than normal this year, but the traditional health and safety hazards of the season did not miss it. Harvest season has different meanings to all of us. If you are an agricultural producer, better known as a farmer, it means harvesting your crops in a timely manner and transporting them to on-farm or local storages and markets. If you are a rural resident or visitor to a rural area, it often means learning how… Continue Reading

Surveillance Testing for Influenza Virus

Public Health in the National News – During the recent government shutdown, news media frequently mentioned that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had stopped surveillance testing for the influenza virus. What is surveillance testing and why is tracking influenza outbreaks important? The Nebraska Public Health Lab’s assistant director, Anthony Sambol, and state training coordinator, Karen Stiles, help shed some light on the process recommended by the CDC. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Office of Epidemiology has had a comprehensive,… Continue Reading