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    Annual event brings together interprofessional student teams to solve cases using a One Health approach

    Each year, the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine’s One Health Working Group holds a One Health Case Competition in conjunction with International One Health Day, which falls on November 3 every year. Interprofessional teams composed of students representing public health, medical, veterinary programs as well as graduate programs across Virginia Tech compete to solve cases using a One Health approach. Judges for the case competition score student teams on a set criteria, including aspects of how well the team members work together as a team, critical thinking, and creativity. Judges include research and administrative faculty from across Virginia Tech and the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), as well as public health professionals from external agencies and organizations. Both students and judges reflect upon the experience noting the importance of working in interprofessional teams to solve complex health problems.

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    MPH students attend the APHA 2019 Annual Meeting & Public Health Expo in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Every year, the largest gathering of public health professionals, academics, and students occurs at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Public Health Expo. This year, the event took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with sessions focused on the theme, “Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health.” This was the first APHA Annual Meeting and Public Health Expo for all of the program’s MPH students that attended.

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    One Health Case Competition 2019

    Funded by the Student American Veterinary Medical Association and sponsored by the veterinary college’s One Health Working Group, the annual One Health Case Competition on Nov. 2 featured a dozen interprofessional teams of DVM, MPH, PhD, DO, and MD students, who presented their cases before faculty and staff judges from Virginia Tech, the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the New River Health District.

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    Master of Public Health capstone projects showcase One Health research

    Graduating Master of Public Health (MPH) students shared their capstone project work at the spring 2019 MPH Capstone Presentations on May 15. 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 graduating MPH cohort presented their capstone projects via poster presentations, also on May 15.

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    National Public Health Week 2019

    Each year during the first full week of April, the American Public Health Association brings together communities across the country to observe National Public Health Week. The week’s daily themes address the underlying causes of poor health and disease risk in an effort to raise awareness and ensure that everyone has the chance to live a long and healthy life. The Master of Public Health Student Ambassadors and Public Health Association coordinated events for students, faculty, staff, and community members across campus and in the surrounding region that addressed each day's theme.

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    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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    Growing produce from seed to harvest, local children learn the value of nutrition through Market Kids program , redirect

    Recently wrapping up its third season, the health district’s Market Kids program engages families of children ages 6 to 13 in horticulture, nutrition, and entrepreneurship as a way to improve health outcomes. Master of Public Health students served as co-coordinators of the program for their practicum. 

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    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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    MPH students attend the APHA 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo

    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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    Jessica Agnew, a PhD/MPH student, is one of 50 students worldwide selected to crowdfund and present her Buy2Thrive project in the annual Clinton Global Initiative University Commitments Challenge. Buy2Thrive is inspired by her passion to end hunger, along with years of research on how food, agriculture, and economics play a role. For the past few years, Agnew — a former chef — has conducted field research in Bangladesh and Kenya, partnering with businesses in developing nations to help low-income consumers make more nutritious food purchases.

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    Creating sustainable public health solutions in Tanzania

    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.