Where Are They Now?

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Karisa Deculus, MPH '11

"I work at Children's Mercy Hospital as the lead coordinator on a research study. CMH is a collaborator in the New Vaccine Surveillance Network, a study conducted with the CDC and six other hospitals around the United States to examine the effectiveness of vaccines for viruses that cause acute gastroenteritis (AGE), specifically the rotavirus vaccine. I handle many aspects of the study, including quality review, patient enrollment, financial matters, and regulatory compliance. In the last study season, our team enrolled over 1200 subjects into the study.

My time in the MPH program prepared me for these leadership roles by deepening my abilities to think critically and make sound decisions. The professors and instructors at the KUMC program have so much information and insight; they are engaged with and supportive of the students. I see public health principles daily in my research coordinator job, with the addition of animal health principles in my volunteer work. I loved the time I spent studying for my MPH and would encourage anyone who is interested in public health to pursue this degree."


Jeff Utter, MPH '12

jutter"I have just completed my first year of medical school at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. In addition to the medical curriculum, I am involved in emergency medicine research assessing and implementing improvements to protocols aimed at reducing the incidence of Ventilator-Acquired Pneumonia (VAP) and coordinating projects and medical student involvement with an organization named Artworks, where we assist adults with disabilities in completing various art and music projects. I am spending this summer (2014) in the lower Rio Grande Valley assisting with my wife's research regarding reproductive health issues of migrant women and planning a global health externship to Zambia for the coming winter break.

The MPH program at KUMC helped prime me for involvement in all of these activities. As a medical student interested in research, the statistics and epidemiology courses have helped frame my understanding of how to approach and successfully implement and analyze clinical research projects. As a budding professional with a passion for social justice, courses relating to behavioral health and health disparities have helped to shape my understanding of the dynamic forces contributing to inequalities and my potential role in alleviating the suffering they can cause some individuals and populations. My MPH Capstone project, which I chose to complete in Haiti, helped prepare me to approach health scenarios of some of those most in need abroad. In addition, just having the degree has opened doors that may not have been as easy to open without it. The leadership and faculty was nothing but helpful and encouraging throughout the entirety of this very enriching experience. "


Marina Daldalian, MPH '12

daldalian"I'm currently living in the Chicagoland suburbs and working as a Researcher for Cerner Corporation. My team, the Advocate Cerner Collaboration, is a research and development unit specializing in population health analytics and predictive algorithms. Population health is a very interesting space where public health and health care intersect, and it's a quickly growing field in the industry.

In my role, I'm able to bring my background in health disparities, research study design, program evaluation, and data management to support our work. I also support research initiatives by conducting literature reviews, analyzing data, and preparing manuscripts for publication. Soon, I'll be overseeing an effectiveness trial to test our newest predictive algorithm in a live hospital setting.

My experience in the MPH program gave me a solid foundation in the principles of public health and research. Moreover, the relationships I formed with peers and mentors prepared me to build professional networks and showed me that learning continues long after formal schooling. Even now, I seek out skill development through online coursework and participate in professional organizations to keep my knowledge current and relevant. If you're interested in pursuing this degree, I encourage you to learn as much as you can from the exceptional professors and students in this program, not only inside the classroom but outside as well."

Last modified: Aug 22, 2014

The University of Kansas Master of Public Health Program (KU-MPH) is proud to announce that we have been reaccredited by the Council of Education on Public Health (CEPH) until July 1, 2018.

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