Environmental Health

Brianna Siracuse, Master’s Student in Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Shaping Science-Based Policy to Prevent Breast Cancer

Brianna Siracuse

Reading environmental literature was a call to action for master’s student Brianna Siracue, whose background is in chemistry and toxicology. As a public health student at Michigan, she is bringing together environmental health sciences with policy work to improve health and safety for all. Read more

Kaitlyn Akel, Master’s Student in Epidemiology, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Confronting COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy with Public Health History

Kaitlyn Akel

Kaitlyn Akel combines her study of history and biology with her passion for public health to protect entire populations. From urban health to vaccine hesitancy to environmental health, Akel’s work connects academic and cultural insights to provide broader understandings of community health. Read more

Cassie Gaskins, master's student in Environmental Health Sciences

First Generation Student Works to Protect Energy Workers

Cassie Gaskins

Keeping workers safe while on the job is a passion for master’s student Cassie Gaskins, especially as new technologies present new challenges. With the construction and energy industries booming in Michigan, she will have plenty of opportunities to apply her expertise. Read more

Emilio Ronquillo

For the Health of California's Workers and Their Environments

Emilio Ronquillo

The field of industrial hygiene is a bridge between human workers and the risky environments many must navigate to earn a living, says master’s student Emilio Ronquillo. He is studying industrial hygiene at Michigan to help create safety improvements that protect not only workers but also their families and communities. Read more

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Engaging and Empowering Vulnerable Communities for Climate Change Action

Marie O'Neill

Marie O’Neill, professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, uses this idea as a basis for her long-standing research on environmental and occupational exposures—and how they affect human health. We spoke to Marie to learn more about her research and community-based work. Read more

Chris Rudski

A More Vibrant World: From the Whole Patient to the Whole Population, the Vital Connections between Public Health and Nursing to Address the Big Picture

Chris Rudski

Nurses are taught to see the big pictures of their patient’s lives—from homelife to water and air quality to employment. Wherever health care and communities intersect, public health nurses are there caring for patients and populations. This sense of expanded community gives online MPH student and full-time oncology nurse Chris Rudski hope that we will soon be living in a richer, more vibrant world. Read more