Undergraduate Institution: Seattle University
Current Role: Epidemiologist at the RI Department of Health
Why did you choose the Brown University School of Public Health?
I liked that Brown's MPH program included both a thesis and an internship, and felt that doing both would allow me to choose whether I'd want to pursue academia or more applied public health work. Brown also had researchers I was interested in working with. I'm from the Providence area originally so it seemed a great opportunity to come back home!
What makes Brown's program different from other programs you considered?
Brown's program is smaller than other programs I was considering, and I've found I am able to get to know my professors and other students well. I've also had the chance to meet and collaborate with students in other degree programs (ScM and PhD) which has definitely strengthened my experience.
What do you enjoy most about your program?
My MPH cohort has been wonderful and I appreciate that we all collaborate with and support each other. I've also enjoyed the biostatistics series and epidemiology methods courses, since they've given me solid skills I can transfer to research now or jobs afterwards.
What is your academic area of interest and why?
I'm concentrating in epidemiology and am interested in causal inference methods because they can be applied to many questions of interest! Content-wise, I'm interested in control of infectious diseases since this is a broad, population-level concern.
What are your postgraduate goals/plans?
I am still deciding but I would like to work in a data-oriented position after my MPH to hone my analytic and critical thinking skills. Eventually, I'm hoping to pursue a PhD in Epidemiology.
Rhode Island is unique in that it has one statewide health department located in Providence. Brown collaborates with the Department of Health and students can experience public health work at the state level. I'm currently working at the Center for HIV, Hepatitis, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and Tuberculosis Epidemiology at DOH.
What advice would you give to prospective applicants?
I'd recommend reaching out to current students and alumni, to see if their careers align with your own aspirations. I chose Brown after talking with alumni and seeing them in careers I could see myself in. I would also consider if there are faculty members at your program of interest involved in methodology or content areas that you are passionate about. All the best to you on considering this next step! Please feel free to reach out if there are any questions I might be able to answer.