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…

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…

Balto and The Nome Serum Run

I am a proud podcast fanatic and having been diving into the archives of “Stuff You Missed in History Class” and came across an episode about the “Nome Serum Run” (Podcast; Blog Post). Instantly excited, I eagerly listened to the episode- multiple times. Nome, Alaska Before I lose myself in discussing the dog himself, I…

All We Can Do Is Grow Old

There is nothing glorious about studying ageing. Unless you have found the key to stopping it, no one wants to talk to you! There are creams, diets, exercise regimes, surgeries, meditations, and more that all promise to hide, delay, or even reverse ageing- but let me save you the trouble and say you might as…

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…