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By Jason Paltzer, PhD, MPH
Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

The Masters of Public Health program is excited to announce their first MPH Student Research Project. Dr. Paltzer will be working with MPH student, Ruth Dykstra, on a research project that will serve as a survey of holistic health and development methods and models that integrate physical and spiritual determinants of health. Community Health Evangelism (CHE) is one such example of a holistic health approach.

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By Sabrina Corpus
MPH Candidate, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Short for human papillomavirus, HPV is one of the most common STIs in the United States (CDC, 2018). If persistent HPV infections occur, it could lead to cancer and genital warts (CDC, 2018). This vaccination is typically a two-dose series if performed from the ages 11-14. If the patient exceeds that age range, it will be a three-dose series from 15 to 26 years of age. Though HPV is one of the most common STIs, why is there such a low record of teenagers getting this vaccination?

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By Dulce Ruelas, MPH, CHES, CBC
Instructor, Master of Public Health Program

Mass Contagion

Have you thought about how social media can influence our daily lives constantly? Do you know the concept of mass contagion? Mass contagion is the phenomenon where society takes it upon themselves to spread information without knowing its validity. This, as you know, can easily alarm society because of the various social methods technology has to offer (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.). As you read this, are you reflecting on what social media you use? How many times do you check your phone for new feeds? What types of news do you like or relate to? Simply stated, how do you communicate with others if it is not done by actually dialing their phone number?

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As a generalist program designed for healthcare professionals, the Master of Public Health (MPH) program offered by Grand Canyon University’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions explores national public health curriculum standards and includes a look at the principles of epidemiology.

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By Dulce Maria Ruelas, MPH
Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

The eclipse has passed and left a mark of enthusiasm, regardless of whether you watched it or not. A great deal of information and safety precautions was disseminated via radio, television and social media. Yet, what does the Great American Eclipse have to do with public health?

Public health exists as a prevention mechanism of disease and to prolong life. Therefore, this event sparks eye health and the environment as the link to public health.

The spectacular event of the 2017 eclipse may have left communities with questions on how and when or if they were safely looking at the natural wonder. If you feel that you were not well prepared or informed about the precautions to take in viewing the eclipse, then here are some recommendations to follow up on:

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Do you enjoy health science? Do you have a desire to work with people? If you answered yes to these questions, then a Master of Public Health may be right for you! Public health professionals work in the healthcare field to help prevent the spreading of disease, promote healthy habits, work with individuals who have contracted communicable diseases and contain epidemics that may be a threat to the community.

The role of public health professionals is essential, because their work protects the vulnerability of human health. Here are a few reasons to consider pursuing a master’s degree in public health:

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Public health continues to be a relevant career field in today’s world. The variance of careers within the field is substantial, which is what makes the industry both a practical career choice as well as a reliable one.

Those working in public health can find themselves addressing the country’s biggest epidemics. There are also opportunities that allow those pursuing a career in public health to express and share their passion in more local settings. Here are just some of the many careers in public health that are attainable through Grand Canyon University’s Master of Public Health program:

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By A. Veronica Perez, MPH
Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Shannon Kesey, a recent graduate of Grand Canyon University’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program, has wanted to be an epidemiologist since she was an undergraduate. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she spent three years with Texas A & M University working in molecular and cellular research.

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