Ali Bianco

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Ali Bianco

Tell us about yourself:

I enjoy reading, hiking and kayaking in my free time. I currently tutor and work as a teaching assistant for undergraduate biology labs. In the past I participated in a medical mission trip to Quito, Ecuador, with the Purdue Timmy Global Health Club, where we set up clinics in local communities that didn’t have easy access to healthcare. I have also worked as an intern at my local county health department, where I tested local water sources and helped to develop educational programs for the community. Both of these experiences really influenced my decision to pursue a degree in public health.

Your vision:

The public health degree appealed to me because of its focus on prevention. Working in a county health department showed me the behind-the-scenes work that public health professionals are doing every day to ensure that communities are safe from potential health risks. I always wanted a career that would allow me to influence the health of others for the better, and I found that the public health field best aligned with my goals and interests.

Why the accelerated MPH option:

This accelerated program appealed to me because it allowed me to complete my master’s with only an extra year of schooling after undergrad. I felt that this was a great way to save both time and money. I also liked that this program included a practicum to give me experience in the field before I graduated. I felt that this would be very beneficial for my future career.

Your course load:

The course load is very manageable and it was easy to fit my graduate level classes into my schedule. Many of my graduate level courses are not focused as heavily on examinations as my undergraduate courses, and put more emphasis on writing and discussion of ideas, so it brought a nice change to my schedule.

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