Michigan Public Health is built on diverse perspectives and community voices. We engage with countless fields and diverse populations, and together we help drive forward the dialogues that guide the future of public health.

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Tracking a Killer: Disease Behavior and Epidemiology's Detective Tools

Betsy Foxman

You don't have to know an organism to track its effects. This fundamental insight into the relationship between humans and pathogens helps public health professionals act even when they have only imperfect information. Just as importantly, says Betsy Foxman, is the will to act—for the benefit of everyone in the community—when good science tells us the time is now. Read more

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Fatherhood and Public Health

A Father's Day Q&A with Professor Cleopatra Caldwell

Growing evidence suggests that engaged fatherhood improves the health and mental health of men and their children. As we celebrate dads of all kinds this Father's Day, Cleopatra Howard Caldwell, Ph.D. — Professor and Chair of Health Behavior and Health Education, and Director of the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health — explores the connections between fatherhood and public health, her latest work on the Fathers and Sons Project, and the ways bringing fathers and the sons together impacts health for all. Read more

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Translating Public Health Research

Part 5 in Our 'What Is Public Health?' Video Series

In classrooms, labs, and communities, public health reveals deeper understandings about human health. But to empower populations and impact lives for the better, that knowledge has to be shared. In this new video from our 'What is Public Health' series, learn how... Read more

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The Value of Creative, Cross-Disciplinary Work: Bringing Together the Theoretical and the Practical

Leon Espira, MPH ’15

After studying genetics and cardiac physiology, Leon Espira worked in med tech and began noticing gaps between theoretical and practical understandings of human health. In studying epidemiology, which tries to account for every experience a human might have, Espira is seeing new bridges we might build between data and daily life. Read more