PHHS Faculty Molly Brennan featured in “The Scholarly Teacher”


”Once Upon a Time: Integrating Stories into Your Teaching”, Amy Yorke and Molly Brennan (University of Michigan, Flint) discuss how intentionally planning and implementing storytelling into a learning experience assisted student learning. Read about the effective use of of storytelling across disciplines to more successfully promote long term learning and critical thinking skills of their students. See the blog post here!

Alumni Spotlight – Meredith Hurston CLS/MT Class of 2003

Meredith Hurston is a 2003 CLS/MTP graduate from the University of Michigan-Flint Public Health and Health Sciences Department and we recently received some exciting news updating us on her endeavors since leaving our department!

After graduation, Meredith completed her internship through Wayne State and went on to work at Hurley Medical Center for over 5 years. She then relocated to Baltimore to work at The Johns Hopkins Hospital where she currently serves as a quality assurance specialist for the Department of Pathology while concurrently owning M. Squared Healthcare Consulting Agency.

Click here to read a CBS Local Baltimore feature on Meredith from earlier this month!


Congratulations Meredith!!!


Congratulations Radiation Therapy Class of 2015!!!

Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 9.01.06 AMCongratulations to the 2015 Radiation Therapy class, as all seven of our graduates have passed boards on their first attempt and are employed or have been accepted into graduate school!!

Back row from left to right:
William Nicolai- Southern Illinois University Carbondale, pursuing Master’s in Medical Dosimetry
Laura Jolovic- St. Jude’s Children Hospital
Ben Bedford- St. John Providence, Novi, Southfield campus and McLaren Greater Lansing
George Kozan- UMHS

Front row from left to right:
Emily Schlaud- Henry Ford
Jerusha Ryan- UMHS
Aryn Mawer- Arizona Center for Cancer Care

We wish all of our PHHS RT alumni the very best as they begin their quest to become leaders in the Radiation Therapy field! Congratulations again!

Congratulations Georgiana!

Congratulations to Georgiana Logan, a graduate of the MS in Health Education Program, who has been accepted into the University of Alabama for Fall 2015 into the Health Education/Health Promotion PhD Program!

Georgiana was awarded an Assistantship to attend the University of Alabama and will be teaching their undergraduate Personal Health Course. Georgiana currently serves as the Health Educator for the Urban Health and Wellness Center for UM-Flint.

PHHS thanks you for all of your service and dedication to the department in your time here at UM-Flint, and wishes you the very best of luck on all of your future endeavors!!!

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Dr. Robert Buckingham elected to the executive board of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER).

Head on over to the front page of the new University of Michigan-Flint news page and read the wonderful news about our very own Dr. Robert Buckingham and his election to the executive board of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER)! UM-Flint, through the Department of Public Health and Health Sciences is now the first associate member of ASPHER from the United States of America!  To read the full story, click on the photo below

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Congratulations Anna Ratiu!

Congratulations to PHHS Alum Anna Ratiu for being selected for a highly competitive internship placement within the Research, Evaluation and Planning unit of the Los Angeles Public Health Department. Anna is a 2013 graduate of the Public Health and Health Sciences department majoring in Healthcare Administration, and is currently int he MPH program at USC. Congratulations again Anna!

We are always on the lookout for updates from our alums both locally and around the world! Send us your updates and stories and we will be happy to share!


PHHS Students at the 2015 Student Research Conference

Each year, the UM-Flint Student Research Conference (SRC) provides the opportunity for UM-Flint undergraduate and graduate students to share their faculty-mentored research, scholarship, and creative activities. The conference showcases multi-disciplinary research from the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and applied sciences. Students present their scholarly work either in 15-minute oral presentations, hour-long poster sessions, demonstrations, or performances. Additionally, student presenters have the opportunity to have their manuscripts published in the annual conference proceedings.

This year’s Student Research Conference took place on March 27, 2015 at the Riverfront Event Center on campus, and Public Health and Health Science student and conference participant Janet Xiong, took time to give us an overview of the event! Check out her story below…

My experience at the Student Research Conference (SRC) was intriguing. I was able to not only present my research project, but learn about the research that other students were involved in. I was able to attend an oral presentation and view the poster of several projects. I feel that the oral presentations was such a great component to this conference, because there was great discussion generated and slide presentations that were visually appealing and informative. The posters sessions were an interactive way for students to share about their research as well as gain the knowledge about other students’ research projects.

I created a poster to showcase the research project I have worked on alongside Dr. Gergana Kodjebacheva. The research is titled “Interventions to Improve Child-Parent-Provider Communication: a Systematic Review.” The purpose of this research was to review literature that has implemented interventions to improve the communication between a child, parent, and provider. Communication is a crucial factor in producing effective health systems in medical and clinical environments. In pediatric care, we aimed to discover the communication interventions that have been implemented so far. We researched on six different databases (PubMed, CINAHL, PsychINFO, Cochrane, EMBASE, and ERIC). 4,163 articles later, we found that 37 of these studies were aligned with our criteria. Each of these studies had varying sample sizes, designs, target groups, and intervention strategies.

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After reviewing each study, we found that many studies targeted the provider and/or parent with the communication interventions, but very rarely, was there studies that targeted children. Interventions targeting providers, such as role-playing sessions, seminars, and educational materials for medical providers, hoped to improve providers’ interpersonal, patient-centered interviewing, and counseling skills. Interventions targeting parents, such as receiving instructions or information prior to a health situation involving their child and family-centered rounds, intended to improve parent satisfaction, communication, and/or treatment expectation. We found only one study that worked to improve the communication of children–by having them watch videos that showed effective communication between a child and a physician. The videos were used to help the children imitate the communicative behaviors of talking about their health.

The implication of my research project with Dr. Kodjebacheva is the implementation of more interventions and clinical training to enhance health communication among children, parents, and providers, and hence, improving the health care system.

After my poster presentation, there were closing remarks by Andre Louis, who was an important planner of the event. Then, a nice lunch was availble to all student researchers, which was a great way to relax and absorb the opportunity we were all given–to share and learn about research. Overall, my experience at the SRC was a enjoyable and I am sure that all students and faculty involved felt the same!

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Janet was joined fellow PHHS student Jeremy Blankenship who also presented at the conference.  Jeremy’s project and a summary of his experience can be found below:

Project Title: Disparities of Incidence by Race and Ethnicity for Childhood Cancer in Michigan Presenter(s): Jeremy Blankenship, Graduate student Faculty Sponsor(s): Gregana Kodjebacheva, Public Health and Health Sciences

“The Student Research Conference was the first time that I have been able to present scholarly research outside of the classroom. The experience was extremely valuable to me. I proved to myself that I could work as a part of a research team with Dr. Gergana Kodjebacheva and present it in a professional scholarly manner. My confidence level is so much higher now that I have successfully presented at the Student Research Conference.

Dr. Kodjebacheva has gone out of her way to assist me in developing research skills by answering all my questions, giving me feedback, suggesting improvements, or helping me with SPSS. Working with Dr. Kodjebacheva as a Graduate Research Assistant and working on childhood cancer research has influenced my decision to pursue a second masters degree in public health and to pursue other research opportunities in the future.”

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For more information on the Student Research Conference, as well as a program with listings on more details on the projects from Janet and Jeremy please click here!

Genesys Heart Institute and UM-Flint Video Project

Last month we asked you to view a teaser of a video that PHHS participated in, and now we are ready to unveil! Are you interested in winning a cash prize? Click on the link below for the Application for the Genesys Heart Institute and UM-Flint Video Project for information and important deadline dates. GHI and UM-Flint PHHS Video Project Download_v4

Please email Dr. Shan Parker at with any questions!

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