Danelle Rolle-McFarland

Track: Dual degree

Danelle Rolle-McFarland

Tell us about yourself:

I am a member and current treasurer (2016-17) of the Purdue Public Health Student Association (PHSA). As a current board member, I help organize events and activities that are beneficial for students who are interested in a public health career. As a member, I participate in service activities as well as blog about various public health issues that I am passionate about. Previous posts that I have written focused on family and community health in my home country, the Bahamas. I wanted to share with others the issues that a small Caribbean country faces. When I’m not being a student, I love stepping into the role of photographer.

Why pair a MPH degree with your PhD/MS:

As a PhD student in occupational and environmental health, I knew that having a MPH would allow me to be more well-rounded as a health practitioner. The PhD+MPH gives me the opportunity to understand the health needs of the communities I conduct research in as well as provide me with the skills to communicate my findings to them.

Why the extra degree affected your research and course load:

When I first began the MPH program, I had already taken a lot of the core classes, so it didn’t affect my course load that much. Doing the dual degree program did add an extra semester to my expected graduation date. As for research, it can sometimes be overwhelming balancing research and additional classes. However, once I structured my time and actively devoted time to both, it was easier.

Your vision:

I want to focus on community and global health disparities in my future research. Earning a MPH, with a concentration in family and community health, will give me the resources to focus my environmental health research on targeting groups that experience health disparities.

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