Health Care

Kristi Thomas, MPH '22

Pandemic Galvinizes Dentist to Study Public Health

Kristi Thomas

As much of our society began to shut down in April 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kristi Thomas was just gearing up to take on a new chapter in her career. She is now earning her MPH in Population and Health Sciences while she continues to lead the University of Michigan School of Dentistry's Community Dental Center.

Kwame McGlory, MPH student

A Desire to Heal: One Nurse Pursues Public Health during a Pandemic

Kwame McGlory

Kwame McGlory says, as a nurse, you are always active, always helping, and no matter what role he is in, that spirit is what drives him. Over this past year, he has had a unique view of the COVID-19 pandemic: he’s faced this crisis head on as a health care worker, a contact tracer, and as a public health student. While he studies public health online, he continues to prioritize the well-being of others and actively help the community he serves.

Dr. Hanady Daas | Photo provided by Beaumont Health

Earning an MPH in Service of Her Patients

Hanady Daas

After years as a physician, Dr. Hanady Daas realized that to do all that she wants for her patients she was going to need to broaden her health horizons.She decided that studying population health would give her the ‘whole picture’ of a patient that she was looking for, one that would enable her to have an impact beyond individual care. Hanady is now earning her MPH online so that she can enhance her ability to serve her patients while continuing to care for them.

wedding ceremony

Essential "I Do's": Epidemiology Alums Marry in Hospital During Pandemic

Jen Andonian, MPH ‘15 and Matt Shearer, MPH ‘14

Two epidemiology alums found love here on campus while earning their master’s degrees. When their wedding plans are interrupted by a global pandemic, their community of health colleagues help them get married in a unique ceremony fit for these hardworking frontline heroes.

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.