What Is Public Health?

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What are the Costs and Benefits of a Public Health Master's Degree?

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. Read more

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Public Health Surveillance: Immunity, Testing, and Contact Tracing

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. Read more

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Digesting the Data: Tips for Understanding and Acting on the Coronavirus Numbers

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. Read more

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How to Think about Coronavirus Like a Public Health Expert

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. Read more

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Mass Cancellations, Slowing the Spread, and Flattening the Curve

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. Read more