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When it Comes to Cannabis Extraction, Starting at the End is Key to Success

John MacKay, Ph.D. says there’s an assumption out there that cannabis grows and some vague magical thing happens to the plant. Somehow—voila—the cannabis oil-based product is ready to be plucked from the store shelf. “Somewhere along the way, you have people who know how to grow cannabis and people who know how to sell it,” […]

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Pallas Ziporyn Balances Work, Family, and a Passion for Public Health

Pallas Ziporyn and her classmates were sleep-deprived in high school. The morning bell at her high school in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, rang at 7:17 a.m. That meant students would set their alarms for as early as 5 a.m. to arrive at school on time. Seeking a healthier solution, Ziporyn decided to take action. She […]

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When it Comes to Cannabis, Researcher Linda Klumpers Wants People to Pay Attention to the Science

In the United States, the most common use of medical cannabis is to control pain. But whether cannabis succeeds in controlling pain varies considerably among patients. UVM’s Linda Klumpers, Ph.D. is researching what factors contribute to cannabis serving as an effective medicine in patients. A faculty member in UVM’s Professional Certificate in Cannabis Plant Biology, Klumpers and […]

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How Innovative Practices Builds Community in Online Public Health Program

Creating meaningful conversation, connection, and community are at the heart of the UVM’s online public health program. Online learning has been part of UVM’s award-winning and CEPH accredited UVM Master of Public Health Program program since its inception in 2014. Long before the pandemic hit, the 42-credit program explored new and innovative ways to engage students online […]

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Expanding UVM Patient Care Opportunities to Help Students Prepare for Med School

Gaining patient care experience is critical when applying to medical school. Admissions officers will examine your patient care experiences as a key component of your application.  Those experiences typically include shadowing a medical practitioner, volunteering, or working in a paid position. Program advisors at UVM guide students toward gaining patient care experiences that suit their […]

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Learning to Listen and Stay Present as an End-of-Life Doula

For Angela Shook, becoming an End-of-Life Doula meant learning to be an active listener, staying present, and confronting her own fears about mortality. Shook, president of the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance and a volunteer program manager at Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, enrolled in the UVM End-of-Life Doula Professional Certificate Program in 2018. She then […]

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Master of Public Health Student Isa Tomanelli Looks to Bridge the Gap Between Biology and Humanity

Malaria is one of the most deadly, communicable diseases in the world. UVM Master of Public Health student Isa Tomanelli wonders why society isn’t more outraged. The United States eliminated malaria in this country in the 1950s, but the mosquito-borne disease has resurfaced in American hospitals more recently. Meanwhile, there were an estimated 229 million cases of […]

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Mike Nocek Leaves the World of Finance and Start-Ups for a Career in Medicine

Working in medicine was always in the back of Mike Nocek’s mind. An avid skier, Nocek attended Stratton Mountain School in southern Vermont, studied economics at Boston College, and raced on the college ski team. After working in finance in Boston, followed by a year-long stint to launch a start-up sports medicine app, Nocek decided […]

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Health and Wellness Coaching Program Teaches the Power of Communication

-Susan Whitman and her family  The key to being an effective health and wellness coach is knowing how to be an excellent communicator and listener. In UVM’s new 15-credit Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate, learning those important skills is at the heart of the program. “We don’t teach nutrition, and we don’t teach how […]

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A Former English Major Finds Her Purpose in Public Health

The transition from college student to master’s student was seamless for Hannah Kaufman. Kaufman, who majored in health sciences at UVM, enrolled in the UVM Accelerated Master of Public Health program during the fall of her senior year. She decided to enroll in the online public health graduate program as an undergraduate student because it […]

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