Danelle Rolle-McFarland

Track: PhD + MPH

Danelle Rolle-McFarland

Tell us about yourself:

I am currently the 2017-2018 President of the Public Health Student Association (PHSA). I help organize events and activities that are beneficial for students who are interested in a public health career. My favorite experience in the MPH program was my practicum experience with the Purdue Athletes Life Success (PALS) summer camp. Working with the kids and seeing the impact the program has in such a short time is something I will never forget.

Your education:

I got my undergraduate degree in Chemistry from College of Saint Benedict. I am currently pursuing a PhD in Occupational and Environmental Health from Purdue University.

Your vision:

My future career goals focus on understanding the environmental risk factors that affect the health of minority groups and vulnerable populations. Obtaining a MPH with a concentration in family and community health has given me insight into the various health outcomes that affect these groups and the risk factors that influence these outcomes. The program has also taught me skills that I can use to positively impact these communities.

Why pair a MPH degree with your PhD/MS at Purdue:

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. The best thing I like about the Public Health Graduate Program (PHGP) at Purdue is the community. Everyone is always supportive and I always feel like they want us to succeed in everything we do.

Your Advice:

My advice to new MPH students and anyone exploring a public health degree at Purdue to think of their end career goal and to tailor their classes to obtain that goal. They want to be able to prepare themselves as well as they can for their career.

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