Student Spotlight: Lucy Finocchiaro

August 24, 2018

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Lucy Finocchiaro

Education is one of the four pillars of UNMC's mission, and our students are the lifeblood of that aspect of campus life.

In UNMC Today's Student Spotlight, we get to know the students who will become tomorrow's health care professionals.

Today we meet Lucy Finocchiaro, a master's student in the College of Public Health.

  • Name: Lucy Finocchiaro
  • Hometown: Omaha
  • Program/Year: Master of Public Health, second year

What sparked your interest in public health?
I studied animal science as an undergrad at Kansas State University, where I was introduced to the concept of "One Health" -- the interconnectedness of the health of humans, animals and the environment. I've always been passionate about serving others, humans and animals included, and thought the field of public health was the perfect opportunity to allow me to do both! I love that public health puts research directly into practice and allows for interdisciplinary areas of health care to take large strides in making improvements.

List three songs on your playlist.

  • "Howlin' for You," The Black Keys
  • "La Belle Flaur Sauvage," Lord Huron
  • "Sky Full of Song," Florence + The Machine

Your favorite study snack is:

Your favorite app is:

Three things people may not know about you.

  • I've been playing the piano since I was in second grade and performed at an international piano concert when I was 14.
  • I work for an agricultural safety organization on campus (Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health), where I do research on the health and safety of bison workers.
  • I am crazy about horses and am especially passionate about the field of equine therapy.


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Todd Wyatt
August 24, 2018 at 9:32 AM

One Health ( is a relatively new joint venture for our University System and talented people such as Lucy are helping to make this multi-campus program beneficial for the agricultural workers of Nebraska.