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2004.11.18 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

UNMC/UNO Master of Public Health Students to Present Capstone Projects at UNMC

Omaha - Seven students from the University of Nebraska Medical Center/UNO (UNMC/UNO) joint Master of Public Health (MPH) program will be giving oral presentations starting in late November as part of their capstone projects before graduating.

The topics to be presented and discussed run the gamut – from food safety to issues of the uninsured to HIV prevention in the Latino community.

"Our program addresses both rural and urban concerns, health disparities and under-served populations," said James Anderson, interim MPH program director. "The students reflect that focus in what they have been working on. The range of issues to be covered is excellent."

All of the presentations are on the UNMC campus and are free and open to the public. Each presentation will run approximately 90 minutes. The presenters and their topics are listed below:

Monday, Nov. 22
Julie Cornett - "Food Safety Inspection Service & Public Health Competency Training for GS5 and 7 Online Inspection Workforce"
9 a.m., 3010 Eppley Science Hall (ESH)

Monday, Nov. 29
Amber Donnelly - "Quality Assessment of a Pap Smear Screening Program in Vietnam"
10 a.m., 1005 Durham Research Center (DRC)

Tuesday, Nov. 30
Daniel Cobos - "HIV Prevention in Latino Men Who Have Sex with Men; An Evaluation of Two CDC Sanctioned Interventions and Implications for the Development of a Culturally Appropriate Program in Nebraska"
9 a.m., 1005 DRC

Wednesday, Dec. 1
Kavita Bajaj-Arora - "Public Health Impact of Un-insurance Among Immigrants in Nebraska"
1 p.m., 3010 ESH

Thursday, Dec. 2
Jan Tompkins - "Cultural Competence in Healthcare and Public Health"
1 p.m., 1005 DRC

Tuesday, Dec. 7
Maggie Wittstruck - "An Evaluation of the Impact of Delivery System on Completion Rates for a Latent Tuberculosis Control Program"
10 a.m., 1005 DRC
Darwin Brown - "Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Douglas County and Physician Practice"
3 p.m., 1005 DRC

Last spring, the MPH program was awarded national accreditation status by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the accrediting body of both masters degree programs and schools of public health in the United States. CEPH gave the new UNMC/UNO program accreditation for the maximum allowed period of five years.

Graduates of the program are able to assess community health status and unmet health needs, develop and implement programs and policies to promote and achieve better health, and assure that needed services are available and utilized.

For more information, call Jumoke Omojola, UNMC/UNO MPH program, at 561-7567.

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