Tag: #publicpolicy

Whose Fault Is It That I’m Fat?

We were talking in an epidemiology class the other day about the association between obesity and diabetes. It’s a pretty strong association, with a lot of good evidence that obesity causes diabetes. As the students and the professor talked about this, the other teaching assistant in the course took some pictures of us. I was standing at the podium as he…

America First by Neglecting the World?

As you may or may not have heard, Brenda Fitzgerald, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), resigned from her post last week. Some point to her investment in tobacco and pharmaceutical companies as the reason why she left. Others don’t care why she left, as long as Anne Schuchat is Acting Director and not someone…

The Dark Days of the Republic

CSPAN had some very good programs on about the Civil War in the last few days. Not a bad idea given how quickly everyone forgot what really went on during that conflict. Even the man who perfected the shade of orange that Cheetos wanted to achieve for decades, our President, didn’t seem to understand the difference between George Washington and…

What we should have been doing all along: Translational Epidemiology

When I was applying to get into the DrPH program, the interviewer — who would later become my academic advisor — asked me for my thoughts on Translational Epidemiology. Translational Epidemiology (TE) is the use of epidemiology in different stages between identifying a population-level problem to identifying a solution for it, to evaluating what that problem was. It is presented…

Non-Biostatistician, Non-Epidemiologist Tries to Complain About Biostats and Epi

Don’t you love it when people who don’t know better think that they know better, and then they end up making fools of themselves? There is a particularly interesting anti-vaccine man by the name of Brian S. Hooker. He has a doctorate in biochemical engineering, according to his Wikipedia page. Maybe you remember BS Hooker from his foray into epidemiology,…

Navigating the Political Seas

Imagine for a minute that you are a resident of Puerto Rico. If you were born there, then you are a citizen of the United States. However, your vote for President doesn’t count since Puerto Rico doesn’t have any votes in the Electoral College. Congress makes laws that affect you but you don’t have any representation there. A lot of…

When politics trumps science and common sense

As I sit down to write this, I wonder how this blog and this blog post will affect any political future I may have. Then I remember that my aim is not to be a politician. Yes, I’ll try to influence policy, but I will certainly not sell my soul to The Devil like so many politicians seem to have…

Putting things in perspective when all things are not equal

One of the classes that I’m taking in the term that begins tomorrow is “Professional Epidemiological Methods.” The class is supposed to give us a taste for the kind of things that epidemiologists in public health practice are supposed to do. As you may or may not know, I already spent 7 years as a professional epidemiologist at the state…