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…

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…

Less Vaccination = More Disease

A long-time tenant of public health has been vaccination. Prior to vaccination, diseases like smallpox, measles, polio, and more ran rampant and led to very expensive and devestaing public health crises. The first attempts to protect against smallpox, a disease that has been wiped out due to a global vaccination campaign was a process known…

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…

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…

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…

The Red Queen Hypothesis

“Well, in our country,” said Alice, still panting a little, “you’d generally get to somewhere else—if you run very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing.” “A slow sort of country!” said the Queen. “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If…