Ali Bianco

Track: 4+1

Ali Bianco

Tell us about yourself:

I enjoy reading, hiking and kayaking in my free time. 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 education:

I received my BS in Biology from Purdue University

Your vision:

My goal is to use my background in biology, statistics, and public health to work on a global level in the surveillance and prevention of infectious disease outbreaks. Public health is a multidisciplinary field, and this program has allowed me to take courses in many different areas, such as behavior theory, statistics, and environmental health. This diverse degree will help me to prepare for a future career where I will need to draw on a variety of skills in order to carry out my job.

Why the accelerated MPH option at Purdue:

I like that with the 4+1 option I could begin work on my master’s degree during my senior year of undergrad, saving me an extra year’s worth of tuition and schooling. The program has a number of community partners who are willing to work with the students. This provides great opportunities for being involved in the community, gaining experience in the field while in school, and meeting local public health professionals. Through the public health program, I found an internship that allowed me to work on mosquito surveillance for West Nile Virus in Indiana. This was one of my favorite experiences!

Your advice:

Reach out to your professors. This is an excellent opportunity to find additional opportunities in order to gain experience in an area that interests you. The PHGP faculty have a wide variety of research projects that are related to public health topics, so there are many options!

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