Mentorship

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

Sue Coloe

Forward Thinking: An Extraordinary Teacher Taps into Student Passion as She Helps Prepare Them for Careers in Public Health

Suzanne Cole

Suzanne Cole absorbs the energy and optimism of public health students and shares it right back with them, consistently creating an environment of positive energy in the classroom. She encourages students to consider how course materials connect to professional goals, sharpening both their intellectual curiosity and their passion for population health. Read more

Sarah Gharib

The Safety of Workers, the Health of Populations

Sarah Gharib

Want to spend lots of time outside, meet new people, and see engineering and business processes from the inside out? Then consider studying industrial hygiene, says Sarah Gharib, who reminds us that environmental health sciences is not only an exciting field but one that empowers you to apply your science and engineering skills to help people. Read more

Carl Marrs

That Idea Stinks: Trust, Honesty, and the Importance of Team Science in Preventing Disease

Carl F. Marrs

Team science requires a lot of grit, says epidemiologist Carl Marrs. Collaborators have to trust each other enough to be straightforward and honest about their projects. Straight truth isn’t always easy on our emotions, but it is good for science. Science is a challenging endeavor, and the incredible teamwork led by Marrs and others means better health for all of us. Read more

Sharon Kardia

Living on the Growth Edge: New Frontiers for an Experienced Leader

Sharon L. R. Kardia

In her newly appointed role as Associate Dean for Education, Sharon Kardia prepares to take on innovative programs and practices with the trademark tenacity and enthusiasm she's become known for across the School of Public Health over the past two decades. Read more