Janine OʾDonnell



Undergraduate Institution: Aquinas College
Current Role: Prescription Drug Overdose Public Health Consultant, Michigan Department of Health & Human Services

Why did you choose the Brown University School of Public Health?
I was really impressed by the faculty and I liked the small class sizes. I remember visiting before I committed to coming and someone said, "If you're the kind of person that likes to sit at the back of the classroom and not talk, this isn't the program for you". I liked knowing I had to be an engaged participant in my education.

What made Brown’s program different from other programs you considered?
The flexibility. I wasn't sure when I entered that I wanted to focus on Global Health, so I appreciated the option of the Generalist track.

What did you enjoy most about your program?
The staff and the opportunity to do international field work.

What was your academic area of interest and why?
Global health. I have always been interested in infectious disease and health disparities, so it seemed like a natural fit.

How did your program prepare you for your current position/next steps?
I know so many people who have graduated with MPHs but didn't have any experience working with statistical software. I felt very prepared to analyze and interpret data because of the Biostatistics class—and I was definitely the person worried about that class when I started!

What did you enjoy most about Providence?
Providence is a beautiful city—there are so many great places to eat and explore. There are also so many fun things to do related to Brown and otherwise!

What advice would you give to prospective applicants?
Enjoy your time at Brown—it goes fast! Network with your professors, your classmates, and with people doing work in your area of interest.

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