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MPH Hooding Ceremony 2017

May 16, 2017

The MPH Hooding Ceremony will be held this Thursday, May 18th, 2017 from 2:30-5pm. All are welcome to attend and celebrate this years' graduates.

A reception with light appetizers will be held from 2:30-4:00pm in the Great Room on the 4th floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union (JCSU) followed by the Hooding Ceremony from 4-5pm in Ballrooms A&B on the 4th floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union (JCSU).


CHS students awarded Graduate Dean’s Merit Scholarship

May 15, 2017

CHS is pleased to recognize and congratulate two outstanding graduate students who were recently nominated for and awarded the Graduate Dean's Merit Scholarship. The Graduate Dean's Merit Scholarship is awarded to graduate students who perform at the highest academic level and who contribute to the Strategic Plan goals of UNR.

Master of Public Health student Karla Rodriguez was nominated by her advisor, Julie Lucero, PhD, to provide recognition for her extraordinary commitment to public health. Since beginning her MPH this past fall, Karla has become a field data collector for Dr. Lucero, and through her schoolwork and research, she embraces new opportunities to get involved and goes the extra mile to grasp what has not fully been explained.

Public Health PhD student Amanda Dominguez was nominated by her advisor, Roy Oman, PhD, for her outstanding academic achievements in the doctoral program and her tremendous potential in public health. Dr. Oman describes Amanda as an energetic and committed professional with much to offer, particularly in regard to addressing health inequities among minority populations.

Congratulations CHS students on your outstanding academic and professional achievements!


MPH Graduate Spotlight: Melissa Deadmond

May 8, 2017

MPH Graduate Spotlight: Each week through the end of the semester we will be featuring one of the 13 graduates in this year's MPH cohort. Get to know a little bit about Epidemiology student Melissa Deadmond below. Congrats, Melissa!

Where was your internship and what kind of work were you doing?
My internship was with the School of Public Health at Nanchang University in Jiangxi Province, China. We administered the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) to high-school aged Chinese students, and then coded and analyzed responses.

What is the topic of your Professional Paper?
I looked at the relationship between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and suicidal ideation after controlling for significant and culturally-relevant covariates, including parental migration for work and perceived academic stress.

What are your plans after graduating?
I plan to merge my new skills in Epidemiology with my roots in Cell and Molecular Biology and conduct research on genomic predictors of disease. I would also like to do some pro bono work in the community.

What has been the best part about the MPH program?
As a life-long learner, I've loved learning a new discipline and seeing how the curriculum builds and reinforces concepts in epidemiology and public health. The faculty are extremely supportive, and I've made life-long friends in my "two cohorts" while pursuing this degree part-time.

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3 Minute Thesis Award

May 5, 2017

Congratulations to MPH student Robert Forrest for winning 2nd place in the annual 3 Minute Thesis competition in the Professional Project category! Robert competed on April 20th against 6 other finalists in this category. Robert's advisor in the MPH program is Dr. Nora Constantino.


MPH Graduate Spotlight: Elli Komito

May 1, 2017

MPH Graduate Spotlight: Each week through the end of the semester we will be featuring one of the 13 graduates in this year's MPH cohort. Get to know a little bit about Epidemiology student Elli Komito below. Congrats, Elli!

Where was your internship and what kind of work were you doing?
I worked at Women With A Vision (WWAV) in New Orleans. I helped re-establish the GroundWork support group for sex workers.

What is the topic of your Professional Paper?
My capstone project revolved around the creation of more comprehensive services for street-based and survival sex workers in the Reno community. Research involved conducting a needs assessment among Reno's city officials and street-based sex workers, as well as reviewing existing programs (including ones offered by WWAV) to determine best practices to appropriately serve Reno's sex worker population.

What are your plans after graduating?
I have been working as a community health worker at Northern Nevada HOPES since the beginning of this academic year, and intend to stay with the non-profit for the foreseeable future. I would like to build the programming proposed in my capstone project, and hopefully see my job title evolve with it. Sex workers and other deeply marginalized communities are my passion, and I would like to work to improve the health and well-being of marginalized folks in Reno to the best of my ability.

What has been the best part about the MPH program?
The connections I've made through the MPH program - both professional and personal have been absolutely invaluable.

Elli Komito headshot