Amanda Kaiser

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Amanda Kaiser

Tell us about yourself:

I am a second year student in the Public Health Graduate Program (PHGP). One of the great expreinces that shaped my interest in public health was my previous work at the Clinton County Health Department as the public health preparedness and medical reserve corps coordinator. There, I worked on developing and updating the county plans for infectious and environmental incidents that affect public health as well as organizing Medical Reserve Corps volunteers for deployment to emergency locations. Additionally, I had the opportunity to present basic first-aid training to local elementary and middle schools. It’s exciting to see how the basic knowledge translates to the practical field!

Your education:

I completed my undergraduate degree at Purdue University, and my undergraduate major was environmental health.

Your vision:

After graduation, I am hoping to complete a Ph.D. to prepare me for a career as an Environmental Epidemiology Researcher. My MPH degree will help me achieve this goal as it is diversifying my knowledge across the broad topics in public health. This will be important when working with other professionals and researchers with an array of backgrounds.

Why Purdue:

One thing I particularly like about Purdue’s public health graduate program is the support that the faculty and other students provide. For example, whenever a student is doing a practicum or a culminating project presentation, other students and faculty come and show genuine interest in what the student is presenting. The faculty members are also very helpful to students in finding part-time public health work while they study so they can get experience working in the field.

Your advice:

My advice for new MPH students is to set your career goal early in order to be able to tailor your academic journey accordingly . Practicum and culminating project experiences would be great preparations for your future carrer. Knowing where you want to do your practicum and what public health area you want to do your culminating project on early, will allow you to start building relationships with people in these specefic areas. This will also eliminate the stress of waiting till the end of the semester when everything is due.

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