A milestone-induced illness is alright with me

I passed a pretty significant milestone in the PhD process two weeks ago: the data meeting. I thought this was a standard part of the PhD process, but it wasn’t until I started asking my non-EHS friends what their experiences were like when I realized that this staging point is erected only in some departments.…

Toxic Tour Redux, Take Two

Jumping off from Selam’s blog about the Detroit Toxic Tour (which was more than two weeks ago—can you tell it’s midterm season?), I thought I’d post some additional pictures and commentary. First up is the Detroit Municipal Waste Incinerator, a hotly contested fixture of the city’s landscape since 1986, when it was spearheaded by then-mayor…

How Public Health Fields Work Together

Sitting in my introductory environmental health class recently, I had a flash of complete understanding about how all the varied fields of public health work together. U-M School of Public Health divides the fields five ways: Environmental Health Sciences, Health Behavior and Health Education, Health Management and Policy, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics. I’m going to stick…

My Last First Day of School

Today’s my last first day of school and it’s been a great one so far! It’s sad to think that this long journey will be over in eight short months, but I know I’ll be happy to be done and start applying all the wonderful knowledge and skills I’ve learned in my two degree programs,…

What is Public Health?

So what exactly is public health?  If you’ve ever wondered about this question, you’re not alone – the Association of Schools of Public Health realized about a year ago that most people don’t really have any idea what public health professionals do, or what the field of public health offers, so they made this handy…

Doctoral Qualifying Exams

The other evening I attended a presentation put together by the Rackham Graduate School that addressed the issue of reaching candidacy. The presentation included a panel of professors and a panel of graduate students who had already achieved candidacy. They addressed a bunch of questions about communicating with your committee or mentor, the amount of…

Special Guest Interview: Stay hungry, stay foolish

***UPDATE: Congratulations, Alon, for being accepted to UM SPH!!***     Stay hungry, stay foolish. –Steve Jobs (Alon’s favorite quote) What am I doing at 5:30AM? I am most likely curled up in fetal position, snoozing for the next foreseeable future. What is Alon Mandel doing? Getting ready to jump in the pool. Alon is…