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Jiangtao Luo, PhD

Education Highlight – Jiangtao Luo, PhD, currently teaches the following courses: BIOS 918 Biostatistical Linear Models – Theory and Applications BIOS 835 / CPH 517 Design of Medical Health Studies BIOS 818 / CPH 516 Biostatistical Methods II (Applied Linear Regression Models). BIOS 835 / CPH 517 is offered in both online and on-campus versions. Dr. Luo has also taught BIOS 806/CPH 506 Biostatistics I in past years. Dr. Luo joined the department in 2010 and conducts research in both statistical genetics and clinical trials…. Continue Reading

Jill Hughes

Student Highlight – Jill Hughes is an MPH student studying Environmental, Occupational and Agricultural Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Public Health (COPH). Originally from Springview, a rural community in north central Nebraska, Jill chose to return to Nebraska upon completing her undergraduate degree at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico, to further her education. After studying and conducting research in forensic biology at the undergraduate level, Jill wanted to find a way to marry her skills from… Continue Reading

Douglas Perin, MPH

Alumni Highlight – Doug Perin graduated from the COPH with a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology in August 2013. Hometown: Porto Alegre, Brazil Current career position:  As of October 2013, I’m an ASPPH/CDC Public Health Fellow working with the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at the CDC, in Atlanta, Georgia. I am involved in international projects analyzing cancer prevention practices and outcomes, especially focused in Brazil. I am currently planning a trip to meet with partners from various Brazilian governmental agencies. What you… Continue Reading

Lina Lander, ScD: Assessing Perspectives on Health Information Exchange in Nebraska

Spotlight on Research at COPH – The Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII) is Nebraska’s state-designated Health Information Exchange (HIE) and the statewide integrator of electronic health information. Participating providers can exchange health information to make more complete information available at the point of patient care. As of February 2014, more than 2.7 million patients, 1,388 physician providers, and 2,186 health care providers participate in NeHII. Dr. Lina Lander and colleagues have recently completed a comprehensive assessment of Nebraska health care providers’ and consumers’ perspectives on… Continue Reading

Wellness at Work

Public Health Community Advisory – In September of 2012, the College of Public Health (COPH) established the COPH Wellness Council (WC) in response to the college-wide strategic planning retreat. The WC consists of volunteer faculty, staff, and students who meet monthly to plan and promote wellness activities that are aligned with the COPH mission “to create an environment to promote optimal health and well-being.” Wellness can be characterized as an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life…. Continue Reading

Helping Create a Safe and Healthy Agricultural Sector

Public Health Practice – The burden of agricultural injuries and fatalities weighs heavily on rural communities and the families of those who have been injured or killed.  Agriculture is a dangerous occupation, accounting for one of the highest fatality rates in the United States, with 475 deaths reported in 2012, and an estimated 243 agricultural workers suffering a lost-work-time injury every day. Five percent of these injuries result in permanent impairment. To address these unacceptably high rates, the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health… Continue Reading