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Eastern Michigan University has launched a new Master of Public Health program that will address issues related to COVID-19.  


Eastern Michigan University began in-person instruction for the fall semester on Monday.  WEMU’s Jorge Avellan was there as students returned to classrooms and has the story.

James Smith
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The start of Eastern Michigan University's fall semester has been most unusual due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Initially, most classes were conducted online, but, starting today, additional courses will be done in person.  EMU President Dr.  James Smith joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss education at EMU during a pandemic. 


Eastern Michigan University will begin in-person instruction Monday for the fall semester. 

Susan Cerniglia
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Fall classes are starting at college campuses across Michigan.  Here, in Washtenaw County, Eastern Michigan University is holding its classes online only for the first three weeks, while the University of Michigan is taking an online/in-person hybrid approach.  Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the latest. 

James Smith
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

Back to school plans continue to evolve due to our global health crisis with Eastern Michigan University making some last minute changes for the fall semester announced Monday, August 24th.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talked with EMU president Dr. James Smith, who details the changes and the impact on students and faculty.

University of Michigan

Student move-in days kicks off Monday at the University of Michigan.  But as expected, it will be different because of COVID-19.  

University of Michigan
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There have been protests for several days this week outside the University of Michigan Administration Building by a group of faculty members, who say they have "no confidence" in the university's plan for some in-person learning this fall.  Professor Kentaro Toyama talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about organizing the protests and shares their concerns about health and safely teaching U-M students in person during a pandemic.

James Smith
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

Classes begin at Eastern Michigan University on August 31st.  Because of COVID-19, it will be a different kind of campus experience.  EMU president Dr. James Smith joined WEMU's David Fair to highlight the plan and discuss the challenges of providing an education during a pandemic. 

Howard Markel
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The University of Michigan professor, physician, and medical historian who coined the term “flatten the curve” relating to the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Howard Markel, says he is “wary” of a return to the classroom in the fall.

He talks to WEMU's Lisa Barry and also says he thinks college football is a bad idea as well, based on the current path of the pandemic.

Mark Schlissel
University of Michigan / umich.edu

University of Michigan president Dr. Mark Schlissel says the university was "turned on its head" by the coronavirus pandemic.  He talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry and said they are still a few weeks away from deciding if fall classes will be held on campus or remotely but are "parallel planning" right now for both possibilities.  He also talked about university athletics and other impacts on the Ann Arbor university from the current global health crisis.

Eastern Michigan University released information regarding its planning process for the Fall 2020 semester.