Public Health Program attends the APHA 2018 Annual Meeting & Public Health Expo in San Diego, California

Each year, the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Annual Meeting and Expo brings together the largest gathering of public health professionals in the world. Master of Public Health (MPH) students and faculty from the college were among the nearly 13,000 attendees that presented and learned about public health research and practices. Topics focused on the 2018 theme, "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now."

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Master of Public Health students standing in front of a banner displaying the American Public Health Association (APHA) logo

Volcanic eruption leads to transformative public health student experience

Initially pursuing research into rat lungworm disease using data from the local Hawaii State Department of Health office, Master of Public Health student Travis Oishi was tasked with assisting the health department emergency response team in the aftermath of Kilauea's volcanic eruption.

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Master of Public Health capstone projects address local and global One Health challenges

Graduating Master of Public Health (MPH) students shared their capstone project work at the Spring 2018 MPH Capstone Presentations, which took place on May 9. Of the students who submitted capstone abstracts, four were chosen by a faculty committee to showcase their work via seminar presentation. The rest of the Spring 2018 graduating MPH cohort presented their capstone projects via poster presentation, also on May 9. 

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Spring 2018 MPH Capstone students presenting

MPH students attend the APHA 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo in Atlanta,  Georgia

Current Master of Public Health (MPH) students were among the more than 12,000 public health professionals from around the world who attended the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo in Atlanta, Georgia. Guided by the year’s meeting theme, “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health,” private-sector, government, non-profit and academic professionals convened to address current challenges, opportunities and accomplishments in public health.

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MPH students at the APHA annual meeting and expo

Creating sustainable public health solutions in Tanzania

By: Julia Sherry (MS/MPH '17)

Julia Sherry, a second-year student in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program, spent her summer in Tanzania working with Water Mission, a nonprofit Christian engineering organization dedicated to creating sustainable water solutions in developing countries. While in Tanzania, Sherry applied skills learned during the MPH program to real world crisis scenarios and, in turn, expanded her understanding of concepts explained in the classroom. Sherry, who is also pursuing a master’s degree in geography at Virginia Tech, received funding from the Sidman P. Poole Scholarship and a World Bank grant.

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Julia Sherry