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DMU MPH: Students Receive Top Honors for Rocking Public Health in 2019

Des Moines University (DMU) Department of Public Health: Students Receive Top Honors for Rocking Public Health in 2019

Ms. Jennifer Bender and Ms. Aubrey Massmann, were among the MPH candidates nationwide named by the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, a peer-reviewed journal focused on public health research and practice, as “Students Who Rocked Public Health in 2019.” The honorees are listed on JPHMP Direct, the journal’s companion website.

MPH candidate, Ms. Bender, helped lead a collaboration among her employer, Human Service Agency, which provides behavioral health services, addiction treatment and counseling; and the Boys & Girls Club to provide community education on drug misuse.

Ms. Massmann, who is pursuing her Doctor of Osteopathic Medical degree at DMU in addition to her MPH degree, worked on a team of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), to analyze health outcome indicators related to climate change, creating a catalog of indicators for public and agency use. She also assisted in the creation of the Climate and Health Monitoring Outlook, a forecasting tool utilizing sophisticated predictive modeling to anticipate changes in the incidence of climate-sensitive infectious diseases using seasonal weather data.

Of the institutions represented by the 12 “Students Who Rocked Public Health in 2019” and the 13 honorable mention recipients, Des Moines University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai were the only two to have two students in the winning category.

Read full article on the DMU website.

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