"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. "
"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."
"I'm the acting branch chief for strategic information at the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), Uganda. I completed my MPH in 2004 when there were no concentrations but my MPH prepared me with the basics in epidemiology, statistics and public health framework/administration knowledge that I use every day. Most importantly, it taught me the value of a good working environment by working for wonderful advisors and supervisors and how to work within a team because I worked with great classmates and coworkers as part of my research project. I came in completely green and unsure of myself; however, KUSM-Wichita inspired in me a love of public health. I would have failed in almost any other place but the nurturing environment of KUSM-Wichita is the primary reason I have accomplished my dreams of getting a PhD in Epidemiology and working for the CDC in Africa as well as my current location in Uganda.
My suggestions for a student obtaining a concentration in epidemiology is to learn about teamwork, project management and take as many skills building courses in lieu of survey courses. It's better to learn epidemiology methods than facts about infectious diseases or chronic diseases. Also, try to work with Dr. Elizabeth Ablah, if possible - you will learn something from her."