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December 2020


Edith Parker
College of Public Health Dean


Public Health
and Hope

“As we close 2020, the isolation and stress of the COVID-19 pandemic may have left us weary and worn, but not without optimism. We asked several alumni, faculty, and students to reflect on what gives them hope in their area of public health. Read about the silver linings among the year’s challenges. Best wishes for a happy holiday season!”


Alumna receives Skorton Award for Staff Excellence

Congratulations to alumna Kari Harland (04MPH, 10PhD), who received the UI David J. Skorton Award for Staff Excellence in Service.


Class Notes

Keep tabs on the careers of your classmates, and keep us posted on yours...

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HMP PhD program among nation's best

The University of Iowa has been ranked No. 13 among the “25 Best Health Management and Policy PhD Programs for 2021” by Best Health Degrees.


Fred Gerr presents 2020 Distinguished Faculty Lecture

Prof. Emeritus Fred Gerr presented “Meat Packing Plant Workers: A Case Study of a Precarious Workforce,” on Dec. 2.

Watch the lecture...

Children's Defense Fund founder presents Hansen Lecture

View Marian Wright Edelman's Hansen Award lecture: “Closing the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline: Why America Needs to Invest in Children.”

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Parker appointed to Iowa vaccine council

CPH Dean Edith Parker is one of four University of Iowa experts named to the Iowa Infectious Disease Advisory Council (IDAC).

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Video from CPH Book Club event

A recording of the Nov. 9 presentation by Sherri Burr is now available from the UI Center for Human Rights. Burr discussed the Thomas Jefferson section of the book “Stamped from the Beginning,” which is this year’s CPH Book Club selection.

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CPH apparel store now open

The College of Public Health Graduate Student Association is sponsoring a sale of CPH apparel, including t-shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, vests, and more. Order by Dec. 27!

Shop now...

CPH doctoral student awarded AAUW fellowship

OEH doctoral student Cynthia Febrina Maharani has been awarded a 2020-21 International Doctoral Fellowship by the American Association of University Women.


Study uses “unboxing” interviewing to capture responses

CBH Assistant Prof. Shannon Watkins recently led a research team that conducted a first-of-its-kind study to evaluate how and why young people might be attracted to a new heated tobacco product.


State Hygienic Lab honored with Gazette Business Award

The State Hygienic Laboratory was recently recognized with a Gazette 2020 Business Award for the lab’s integral work in COVID-19 testing.


Alumni Directory

Keep up with your classmates with our College of Public Health Alumni Directory.

Use this form to join the directory or to update your existing listing.

Alumni are listed by name, degrees earned, town of residence and email address, and have the option of adding employer, job title, employment sector and LinkedIn page.



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