Category: Public Health Administration and Policy Program

MPH-PHAP Student Receives NCI SPRINT Training Award

Aditya Kapoor MPH-PHAP Student
Aditya Kapoor
MPH-PHAP Student

Aditya Kapoor, MPH-PHAP student, will participate in the 2018 National Cancer Institute SPRINT training program. Kapoor and School of Public Health Professor Simon Rosser received the award for their work on the Restore study, an R01 grant that aims to develop a structured online rehabilitation program for gay and bisexual men (GBM) prostate cancer survivors. Kapoor is the Entrepreneurial Lead for this project and Rosser is the Principal Investigator.

The 8-week training program kicks off in February 2018 with online courses and training in Rockville, Maryland. The team will focus on how to move their research intervention into practice effectively and rapidly. Additionally, they will conduct a minimum of 40 potential customer discovery interviews with potential stakeholders for their intervention.

Welcome Assistant Professor Carrie Henning-Smith

Assistant Professor Carrie Henning-Smith
Assistant Professor Carrie Henning-Smith

The School of Public Health, Division of Health Policy & Management welcomes Carrie Henning Smith, Ph.D.  Carrie has worked at the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center (RHRC) since 2015.

Carrie completed her Ph.D., Health Services Research, Policy and Administration, University of Minnesota in 2015, and her M.S., Health Services Research, Policy and Administration, University of Minnesota in that same year. She holds an MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education, and an M.S.W. in Social Work Interpersonal Practice and Mental health, from the University of Michigan. Her B.A. is in International Relations from Claremont McKenna College.

Carrie has an extensive experience in community organizing, policy advocacy, and social services. In her research, she uses quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to study policy-relevant issues for rural populations. In particular, she is interested in policy issues that impact quality of life and quality care for older adults and individuals with disabilities. Her publication and presentation record in those areas is quite impressive. Carrie will bring a much-needed depth and capacity to rural health, long-term care, and aging to the RHRC and to the School of Public Health.  On the teaching front, Carrie will teach an on-line health policy course for SPH master’s students (particularly MPH-PHAP students) every other year.

Minnesota’s Mayo

PHAP student Makshita Luthra’s field experience brought her to Mayo Clinic’s Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.

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Identification of adverse childhood experiences may mitigate obesity

Makshita Luthra, HSRP&A MHA student
Makshita Luthra, HSRP&A MHA student

During her field experience at the Mayo Clinic, Makshita Luthra, MPH-PHAP student, wrote about Mayo’s efforts to identify adverse childhood experiences (AFEs) in children to mitigate childhood obesity.

Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. It is often linked to unhealthy eating habits and sedentary lifestyle.

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery and Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine evaluated the association of adverse family experiences (AFEs) and prevalence of obesity.

Improving identification of AFEs in children may mitigate the effects of ACEs on development of chronic health problems, including obesity. Mayo researchers believe outreach and collaboration with public health, community resources, policymakers and schools, new models for care management can be developed and evaluated in an effort to more successfully address this issue.

Read Makshita Luthra’s article “Time does not health all wounds

Podcast series casts positive light on public health

MPH-PHAP student and podcast producer Kate Murray.
MPH-PHAP student and podcast producer Kate Murray.

Public health is in need of a public relations makeover.  A recent CDC-funded study found that the mere mention of the phrase “public health” consistently conjured negative sentiments in respondents from outside the field.

Kate Murray, MPH-PHAP student, wants to change the public’s perception of public health so she developed a podcast series focused on individuals positively affected by public health policies, organizations, and campaigns.  Murray tells the stories of every day citizens and their connections to public health through health insurance and end-of-life decisions, while providing a channel for raising the profile of public health and its virtues.

Podcast: “Health Insurance: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”



Wurtz recognized for outstanding advising and mentoring

Wurtz, center, with Olivia Wong, Liz Lemke, Maria Bitanga, and Jake Tanumihardjo
Rebecca Wurtz, center, with Olivia Wong, Liz Lemke, Maria Bitanga, and Jake Tanumihardjo

Rebecca Wurtz, associate professor and director of the MPH-PHAP program, received an Outstanding Advising & Mentoring Award from the University of Minnesota Professional Student Government. The award recognizes the best counselors, advisors and mentors in graduate professional education at the University of Minnesota.

Wurtz is one of four winners across the University of Minnesota professional schools. She was nominated by MPH-PHAP students Maria Bitanga, Elizabeth Lemke, Eli Mansfield, Katy Murray, Jake Tanumihardjo, and Olivia Wong.

The award is a partnership between Professional Student Government, the Council of Graduate Students, the Student Conflict Resolution Center, and the University of Minnesota.

Minnesota-Arizona MPH-PHAP students present master’s projects

ASU PHAP group copy
Indie Lewis, middle.

The first group of University of Minnesota-Arizona State University MPH-PHAP students presented their master’s projects at the Arizona Public Health spring conference in Phoenix, Ariz., April 5.

The UMN ASU MPH degree program, with PHAP and nutrition tracks, started in 2014. Marjorie Baldwin, a professor in the Department of Economics at ASU, is the academic director for the program.

Indie Lewis, MPH-PHAP student, won first place in the student poster competition.

Student Master’s project
Justin Huang “Rebuild Nepal Photo-voice Project”
Indie Lewis “Health Education in Arizona Public High Schools”
Sakshi Parasher “Infectious disease dynamics of Post Kala-Azar Leishmaniasis”
Sara Rogers “Utilization of Preventive Health Services among Refugee women in Maricopa County”

MPH-PHAP students take top honors at 2016 Research Day

The School of Public Health’s Research Day is an opportunity to demonstrate student research activities, encourage collaboration, and give SPH students an opportunity to develop and present a research poster.

On April 7, 2016, students from the MPH-Public Health Administration & Policy program took eleven awards for their research posters and presentations. We are pleased to recognize these individuals below.

Student Award
Best Presentation – Structural Racism: Concept And Measurement In The Public Health Literature
Most Innovative – Healthstreams: A Podcast Series To Raise The Profile Of Public Health
Jake Tanumijhardo People’s Choice Award – Minneapolis Healthy Food Shelf Initiative: Improving Healthy Food Access For Food Shelf Clients
People’s Choice Award – Caught With A CAUTI! Rates And Risks Of Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection In Minnesota Hospitals
Best Presentation – The Ramifications Of Projected Total Hip Replacements Through 2030
Community Impact – Ubuntu Minneapolis: A Business Plan To Increase African American Breastfeeding Rates
Most Innovative – Health Controversies In The Public Forum: A Content Analysis Of Wikipedia
Best Collaborative Project – Use Of Ayurvedic Medicines In The South Asian Community: A Mixed Methods Study
Best Collaborative Project – The Effect Of The Economic Recession On Public Health Spending In Minnesota
Public Health Impact. Implementation Business Plan For Telemental Health Service For Urban Homeless Populations
Community Readiness Assessment: Suicide Prevention In The Lower Sioux Indian Community






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