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Across the World,Go Blue.

When I got on the plane to head to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico I was in vacation mode. Time for the sun and surf and tacos. I was wearing my SPH pullover because tank tops and flip flops in Michigan aren’t for another 3 months, give or take. I was caught up in the thoughts of finding…

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Ask the Big Question

2016 is the 75th Birthday of the University of Michigan School of Public Health. I will be a member of the 75th graduating class and I’ve been tasked with asking my cohort the big question- where to next? Or maybe it’s the big question, plural. Where to next? What will you do to change the…

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Flint water crisis: on the ground

As the Flint Water Crisis (or catastrophe, depending on your choice of words) tragically continues, this past week proved to have two landmark events for me in relation to the crisis. On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha gave her talk, “Flint Drinking Water Crisis: Background and Next Steps” at UM SPH. At this…

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A Sample Grant Proposal

As I endeavor to write my first grant proposal, I wanted to get some outside opinions on my draft:   Grant Proposal for the Conception 2017 Cohort Number of participants required: ~135 million babies conceived in 2017 Number of researchers required: all public health/medical/biostatistic professionals Number of years required: 9 months pregnancy + lifetimes of…

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Meditation:Mental Health Elixir

  Mental health is a growing problem in the world. The World Bank predicts that by 2020, depression will be the disease with the highest global economic burden. There are many causes of depression like genetics, brain chemicals, life situation and stress. Stress- defined as brain’s response to any demand, is one of the many reason in…

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Onward!

Hello everyone! My name is Sarah Bassiouni and I’m excited to be one of the UMSPH Student Life bloggers.  The plan is for me to share my experiences as a current student and budding epidemiologist with you in the coming months. To start off, a bit of background: I’m a second-year Master of Public Health…

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Lead in the Water

It’s my last semester at SPH – which is crazy, but not as crazy as the current state of affairs in Flint, MI. By now, it’s made national headlines that there has been lead contamination in the water in Flint. Such a tragic public health emergency is sadly expected in many corners of the world,…