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2005.06.23 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

Alice Schumaker Named Program Director for UNMC/UNO Master of Public Health Program

Omaha - The University of Nebraska Medical Center/University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNMC/UNO) Master of Public Health (MPH) program announced today that Alice Schumaker will become MPH program director starting July 1. Schumaker is an associate professor in the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service's (CPACS) School of Public Administration.

Schumaker has been involved with the MPH program since it began in 2000, and was a member of the core group of faculty who initiated the vision and proposal for the program.  She currently serves as chairperson of both the MPH program's graduate program and instructional program committees.  She also teaches health policy and strategic planning at UNO, and her research interests are health services administration, interorganizational networks and minority health issues.

"This is an exciting time for public health in Nebraska.  With local health departments now located throughout the state for the first time in Nebraska's history plus the national attention on public health, we need people educated in public health," Schumaker said.  "The MPH program, as a joint accredited program of UNO and UNMC, brings together outstanding scholars and students for the collective benefit of all."

Schumaker holds a doctorate from UNL, a master's degree in public administration from UNO and a master's degree in pathology from UNMC.

Schumaker is taking on responsibilities formerly held by James Anderson, chair of the UNMC Department of Preventive and Societal Medicine.  Anderson served as interim program director for the past six months after the program's founding program director, Magda Peck, completed her three-year term of service in 2005.

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Effective July 1, 2005 Alice Schumaker, PhD, will assume responsibilities as Program Director for the UNMC/UNO Master of Public Health Program.  Dr. Schumaker is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Administration, College of Public Affairs and Community Service, University of Nebraska at Omaha. 

Schumaker has been involved with the MPH Program since it began  in 2000, having been a member of the core group of faculty who initiated the vision and proposal for the program.  Dr. Schumaker currently serves as Chairperson of the MPH Program's Graduate Program Committee and Chairperson of its Instructional Program Committee.  She teaches Health Policy and Strategic Planning at UNO and her research interests are health services administration, interorganizational networks and minority health issues.  She has served as Director of the NE Municipal Clerks Institute for the last 12 years. 

Dr. Schumaker holds a PhD from UNL, a Masters degree in Public Administration from UNO, and a Masters degree in Pathology from UNMC.  Before entering academe, she was a medical technologist with broad experience in clinical chemistry, microbiology, and hematology.  She also served as supervisor of Immunology at the Medical Center

According to Dr. Schumaker, "This is an exciting time for public health in Nebraska.  With local health departments now located throughout the state for the first time in Nebraska's history plus the national attention on public health, we need people educated in public health."  The MPH program, as a joint accredited program of UNO and UNMC, brings together outstanding scholars and students for the collective benefit of all."

Dr. Schumaker is taking on responsibilities formerly held by James Anderson, PhD, Chair of the Department of Preventive & Societal Medicine at UNMC.  Dr. Anderson served for six months as Interim Program Director after the program's founding Program Director, Magda Peck, ScD completed her three-year term of service in December 2005.  Drs. Peck, Anderson, and Schumaker, along with Daniel Blanke, PhD, Director of the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation and BJ Reed, PhD, Dean of the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service comprised the core faculty group that initiated the MPH Program.

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