Ellen Gundlach

Track: Stand-alone

Ellen Gundlach

Tell us about yourself:

I have been teaching introductory statistics and statistical literacy courses to Purdue students for 15 years, and over the years I’ve been adding in more public health examples, including cancer clusters, interpreting medical test results, the history and science of the autism/vaccines story, how new drugs get approved, and how big data can be used to improve our health. Earlier in my career, I taught at Ivy Tech for a few semesters, and I was impressed and humbled by how hard my students worked to overcome many challenges in their daily lives, even to be able to get to class and do their homework. I have volunteered with various community groups in Columbus, Ohio, and Lafayette to determine the needs of the people (especially LBGTQ and children) and set up programs to help.

Your vision:

I’m interested in epidemiology, women’s and LBGTQ health issues, social justice, and explaining scientific ideas to the general public. I hope to find a way to combine teaching and an MPH career.

Why Purdue:

I appreciate the broad range of experiences available in the MPH program. Shauna is extremely helpful in connecting us to people and resources in the community to match our interests. The wonderful enthusiasm and energy of my fellow students is inspiring.

Your education:

For my BS, I majored in chemistry, minored in physics at Florida State University. I earned an MS in physical chemistry from The Ohio State University. I taught math classes at Ivy Tech and Purdue for 3 years, and I have been teaching statistics at Purdue for the past 15 years.

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