Track: Applied Epidemiology
What is your professional background and where do you currently work?
Following graduation from veterinary school, I completed an internship and spent several years in clinical practice. My main focus was equine medicine.
I was dissatisfied with clinical practice and had always had an interest in public health and the One Health concept and decided to shift my career to a public health practice. I was hired as a public health veterinarian at the USDA/Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
I initially worked at a large beef slaughterhouse. As a federal veterinarian, I ensured that inspection occurred properly and that products were safe and wholesome. I also observed animal handling and made sure cattle were handled humanely.
I currently work for the FSIS Recall Management and Technical Analysis Staff where I analyze potential recall situations and request that firms recall products if needed.
Why did you enroll in the EMPH program?
I wanted to expand my career prospects by getting an MPH while continuing to work at my current job. The scheduling of Rollins’ EMPH program gave me the best opportunity to obtain a quality public health education while maintaining a work-life balance.
Since you have enrolled, what is the most valuable skill you have learned in the EMPH program?
The most valuable skill I have learned has been basic biostatistics and learning how to apply it in analyzing public health issues.
What advice do you wish someone had given you prior to enrollment?I think I was pretty well prepared for the program, but I would advise incoming students to start thinking about their practicum and thesis early on in the program.