Creighton University Faculty and Staff to Attend Major Public Health Conference

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Two professors to present research findings as part of planned program.

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Creighton University’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program will have a strong presence at the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting this November. Two professors teaching in the MPH program will present their most recent public health findings as part of the conference’s official activities. In addition, the University is sponsoring a booth for the online MPH, where representatives of the program will be available to offer information and answer questions to interested attendees.

Sherry Fontaine, Ph.D., director of and associate professor in Creighton’s MPH program, along with co-author Keith Jans, will present their report titled “Senior Cooperative Housing: An Alternative Model to Support Aging in the Community” at the Poster Session on Environment and Aging Sunday, Nov. 3, 4:30-5:30 p.m. EST. The poster presentation builds on Fontaine’s interest in exploring the connections between the built environment and public health.

Marlene Wilken, Ph.D., associate professor of the MPH program, will present her research findings in a roundtable discussion in the Experiences in Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Health Practices session scheduled for Monday, Nov. 4, 8:30 - 10 am EST. Her presentation on “American Indian Talking Circles and Diabetes Self-Management — a Qualitative Study” is informed by her experiences as the principal investigator for a federal grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases studying American Indians and diabetes self-care management.

Representatives from the Master of Public Health program at Creighton will be at booth # 851 for the duration of the conference to provide details about the MPH. The program prepares students to take leading roles in public health organizations and initiatives, and aligns with the University’s core Catholic, Jesuit values of social justice and service to others, both locally and globally. These values are realized through an emphasis on public health for vulnerable and marginalized populations, especially the poor.

Students can choose from two concentrations based on their career interests and goals: Health Policy and Ethics or Public Heath Services Administration. Coursework is entirely online — there is no residency requirement.

More information about the online MPH is available on the website for Creighton’s online programs,, or by calling 866.717.6365.

About Creighton University:
Creighton University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution located in Omaha, NE, enrolls more than 4,100 undergraduate and 3,200 professional school and graduate students. Nationally recognized for providing a balanced educational experience, the University offers a rigorous academic agenda with a broad range of disciplines, providing undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs that emphasize educating the whole person: academically, socially and spiritually. Creighton has been a top-ranked Midwestern university in the college edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine for more than 20 years. For more information, visit our website at:

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