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Creighton University Welcomes New Faculty Member to Master of Public Health Program

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Omaha, Neb. (PRWEB) February 18, 2013

With her years of studies and many publications in the growing field of biostatistics, Wei Vivian Zhuang, the newest faculty member teaching in Creighton University’s Master of Public Health, is a valuable addition to the program. She brings vital expertise in specific areas of research that will benefit the University and its students looking to positively impact population health.

Zhuang has a Ph.D. in biostatistics, defined as the application of statistical methods in the analysis and assessment of the health of populations. Her dissertation explores power changes using phenotyped but ungenotyped relatives in genetic association tests to ultimately develop a better method of detecting genetic associations.

In the online MPH, Zhuang will teach courses in biostatistics and epidemiology, the study of the distribution, history and determinants of disease and disability in human populations.

The timing of Zhuang’s arrival at Creighton could not be better for those seeking a degree in the public health field. Enhanced technologies in next generation DNA sequencing projects allow more insights into issues regarding health and illness, allowing for potential early identification of diseases and a predisposition to specific illnesses. It’s also vital to understanding normal issues in health care, such as those related to aging. As these types of technologies become less expensive and more widely available, they can also benefit vulnerable and marginalized populations, a focus of the Master of Public Health program at Creighton.

Zhuang notes that it’s also important for MPH students to understand the methods and processes involved in epidemiology and biostatistics. Lack of understanding can lead to misleading or incorrect conclusions. “As the Digital Age matures, the amount of health data available is staggering. It is essential that students and researchers have effective tools to discover important information from the data,” she says.

The Master of Public Health is offered through Creighton’s Center for Health Policy and Ethics (CHPE), a multidisciplinary group of scholars dedicated to the study and teaching health care ethics and health policy consistent with Creighton’s Catholic, Jesuit heritage. To learn more about the CHPE and the online Master of Public Health degree, go to

About Creighton University:
Creighton University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution located in Omaha, Neb., 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 #1 ranked Midwestern university in the college edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine for 9 consecutive years. For more information, visit our website at

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