As we look back on 2019, we reflect on the people who have advanced our collective pursuit of a healthier, more equitable world for all. Their stories and their work collected here help tell the story of our year.
This intersection of public health and mental health is so full of possibilities, and the data continues to back up our optimism. It’s a privilege to be in an area that’s so broadly relevant in populations and cross-cutting across perspectives and disciplines.
It's a misconception that making an impact comes after a graduation. Through my extracurriculars I learned the complete opposite is true—we students have an extremely powerful voice and do not have to wait to start making change.
My mom is a cancer survivor and is still with us—and she is a big reason I became interested in public health and in cancer research in general. Thinking about all the things we don't know and then beginning to explore answers in the lab really appeals to me. There's so much creative work, creative energy, that goes into scientific work.
Public health is a people-first field, and it takes a diverse set of perspectives and skill sets to work at its highest level. To deliver on our mission, we must work together and put people first—the communities we serve, the students we train, and the colleagues with whom we partner.
In 2019, we launched the Population Healthy podcast, a series that explores factors affecting the lives of all of us at a population level. Each episode brings together experts to discuss population health issues from a variety of perspectives—from the microscopic to the macroeconomic, the social to the environmental. We also launched the Population Healthy newsletter, a biweekly email that keeps you current on the latest research and other news from Michigan Public Health.
Public health research reveals deeper understandings about human health. But to empower populations and impact lives for the better, that knowledge has to be shared. In this installment of our “What Is Public Health?” series, we examine how public health research is translated to the general public.
On May 2, 2019, the University of Michigan School of Public Health celebrated the graduation of more than 400 students, including our first cohort of bachelor's graduates. Each of these inspiring people is now pursuing a healthier, more equitable world for all across the entire world.
Students come to the University of Michigan School of Public Health to build their skills and become public health professionals. During their time here, they have opportunities to grow personally, professionally, and academically through a robust selection of student-run organizations. Here are some of their stories.
The University of Michigan and the School of Public Health have long been destinations for people who want to make a difference in the world. Our commitment to taking research well beyond academia into news outlets and across many mediums ensures our contributions will reach the most people and have the greatest impact. Here are some of the big stories we were talking about in 2019.