Jill Inderstrodt-Stephens

Track: PhD + MPH

Jill Inderstrodt-Stephens

Tell us about yourself:

I am a former Peace Corps volunteer in both South Africa and Jamaica. In South Africa, I designed and directed rape and domestic violence campaigns and did internal HIV/AIDS education. In Jamaica, I ran youth sports programs and did grant writing for a nonprofit organization that employed spearfishers in order to conserve coral reefs. I’ve also trained U.S. high school runners at high altitudes in Iten, Kenya. I am a competitive runner and triathelete, and a USA Triathlon National Age Group Championships qualifier in 2015 and 2016. 

Why pair an MPH degree with your PhD:

My PhD is in health communication, and I found myself needing more technical knowledge in health-based areas such as nutrition and epidemiology. The MPH is practical in both its content and marketability. 

How the extra degree affected your research and course load:

It hasn’t affected my course load, although I will add an extra semester after completing the PhD. There was crossover between courses required for my PhD and MPH, lowering my overall course requirements. 

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