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Day in the life: grad school

I’ve always found “day in the life” posts in the blogosphere fascinating, since they are a peek into someone else’s schedule, habits, hobbies. Here’s the previous Friday (pardon the delay) of my charmed biostatistics graduate student life: 7:01am – Alarm goes off. As an early bird, I am usually pretty awake by this time anyway. I…

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My Spell Check doesn’t recognize “Health Informatics”

My post title reflects microsoft word’s ignorance and also my own ignorance before I came to U of M.  At its most basic, health informatics studies, creates and utilizes technology to monitor, improve and communicate health information. This is a big undertaking and because of that, this field is rapidly expanding in knowledge and opportunities for individuals…

Health insurance and information costs

When I first moved to the U.S. for work, I had to initially buy my own health insurance. I started to do research, call insurance companies, and ask co-workers to try to choose the best fit for me. I found a plan that, in my view, balanced costs and quality with accessible premiums and coinsurance…

Air pollution, admitted students, and aquaculture

Quick, what do these three things have in common? Actually, nothing besides the fact that they’ve made an appearance in my SPH life in the past couple weeks. This semester, I’ve been in a community air pollution class studying the sources of air pollution and its effect on communities. However, there are countless talks that…

Cheers to a New Semester!

Hey everyone! Apologies for not writing in quite a while—the end of the semester ended up taking up more time than anticipated! I’ll start with a follow up to my last post about training for my first 5k (The Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning). Turns out that my training really paid off, and I was…

Internship at the Washtenaw County Health Department

You know you’re a public health dork when… you leave a two-hour meeting at your internship with your head buzzing about the possibilities of health promotion programs in your community. For my social work field placement this academic year, I’m placed at the local health department, Washtenaw County Public Health. On my first day of…