As public health faculty passionate about health equity, Melissa Creary and Paul Fleming have spent their careers observing the ways in which racism creates barriers to health for communities. Now, the pair are laying plans to make an impact on public health education through anti-racist teaching, beginning in their own backyard.
What Is Public Health?
Q&A with Angela Beck
In a recent essay published in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), Angela Beck, clinical assistant professor of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, discusses the costs and benefits of public health master’s degrees.
Q&A with Abram Wagner
Long before we could sequence a virus’s genome in a matter of weeks, we used public health tactics like contact tracing to sort out the movement of a disease in a population. Contact tracing is one of the “traditional” tools of epidemiologists. Today, we have more public health surveillance tools at our disposal, and we’ll need both the old and the new to bring COVID-19 under control.
Q&A with Neil K. Mehta
Humans produce a lot of data, and it seems the current epidemic crisis has accelerated our production of and engagement with numbers, graphs, and maps. But we can learn a lot from all the statistics, especially if we know how to digest and interpret it all. Demography expert Neil Mehta shares his thoughts on how to follow and understand the coronavirus outbreak in a meaningful way.
Patricia Wren, MPH ’92
Public health leader, UM-Dearborn professor, and Michigan Public Health alum Patricia Wren weighs in on why the current disruptions to our daily lives are necessary—and why we should probably prepare for the long haul.
Q&A with Laura Power
Cultural institutions and programs are shutting down to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. To better understand what it means to “flatten the curve,” we asked Dr. Laura Power, director of the Preventive Medicine Residency at the School of Public Health, for some perspectives from the field of public health.