Black Doors

The gentlemen around me burst into a guffaw of laughter. We are all standing in a circle facing one man with a shiny name tag plastered across the left breast pocket of his navy suit coat. It reads, “Johnathan Smith” followed by “Savior Health Hospital” underneath. A few of the men, a mix of classmates…

Chilling in The Mitten

The freezing gust of wind slices through my jeans and infiltrates the openings of my bundled jacket, spreading the cold throughout my body. I push my head down against the current and keep trudging until I finally reach the warm refuge of the School of Public Health. It is the first day of winter semester…

5 Facts Behind the Blogger: Amanda Martinez

Hi there, My name is Amanda Martinez and I am a first-year Health Management and Policy student at the School of Public. I am so excited to be contributing to the SPH blog and hope you’ll join me on my journey as I earn my Master of Public Health. I promise to be honest and…

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Epidemio…What?

There are seven departments here at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and six of them are fairly self-explanatory: (1)  Biostatistics (BIOSTAT) – the application of statistical methodology to biology (or more specifically, health) (2)  Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) – the study of how the environment (nature, chemicals, occupation, school, home, etc.) affects…

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The Torment of Writing

Op-Ed on The Michigan Daily  This is an Op-Ed I wrote for the Michigan Daily that recently got published. I think the best way to describe it is “Oh she went there”. As a collective whole, we have all decided that graduation is a time for people to look back on their lives up to this…

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World TB Day | MDHHS Conference

Last Friday, I got the opportunity to attend the World TB Day Conference, put together by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). It was a fascinating day, filled with learning and contemplation! I even got this official badge: Tuberculosis is a disease that has ravaged the Earth for hundreds of years; it…