Public Health Professional Education
Public Health Professional Education is a continuing education program designed for the public health practice community and housed in the Division of Public Health, a local performing site for the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center. Faculty and staff in the Division of Public Health at the University of Utah work to assess the training needs of the community and develop a set of educational offerings to meet those needs. The Public Health Professional Education program features programming in executive education, emerging leadership, core public health, and public health and disasters. This program replaces the Southwest Regional Training Center that was based at the University of California Los Angeles.
During the 2014-15 school year, 60 students gradauted with degrees from the Division of Public Health. There were 22 students who graduated with an MPH, four students with an MSPH, 13 students with joint degrees including MD, MHA, MPA, MPP, and MSW, 11 students with an MSTAT-Biostatistics, and 10 students with a PhD.
Ghana Campus in Kpong, Ghana
Four second-year MPH students and one staff member from Ensign College of Public Health visited Utah in November for two weeks of cross-cultural learning and experiences.
Heidi Hanson, PhD
Hanson’s K12 career development grant entitled Phenomes, Families, Cancer, and the Environment was recently funded through the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health award program.
A major challenge for cancer researchers is to identify the genetic and environmental factors that play a role in cancer incidence. The purpose of this research project is to elucidate genetic and environmental mechanisms predisposing women to cancer by developing new algorithms to identify sex-specific familial and spatial patterns of cancer coaggregation.
Mia Hashibe, Ph.D.
Two undergraduate students working with Mia Hashibe, PhD, have recently had research sucesses.
Yuji Chen was awarded the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Award at the University of Utah to work with Hashibe on a Nepal lung cancer case-control study.
Nancy Li’s first scientific publication was published in the December issue of Oral Oncology. The study explored oral lesions and chronic diseases and their relation to head and neck cancer in a Chinese population.
About Tazlina Mannix, MPH
Tazlina Mannix graduated from the MPH program in May 2015. After taking biostatistics and epidemiology, she realized she liked the math and science side of public health. She chose electives that would help her pursue a career in epidemiology, including ID epi, occupational epi, cancer epi, and SAS.
Mannix is now working as a health program associate for the State of Alaska, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. She is part of the Surveillance and Evaluation team and is primarily working on data collection for the School Health Profiles, a CDC survey of school principals and health teachers. She is also compiling 2015 YRBS data into school district reports, and she is helping launch an updated version of Alaska's IBIS database.