Summer Reading

Summer is a time for barbecues, the beach, and reading lists. That’s right, reading lists. But not the kind your high school English teacher might have assigned. We asked a number of SPHHS deans and faculty members to recommend one public health-related read and one “for fun” book. Whether you’re looking for a book to help you unwind on your beach vacation or want to use your lunch break to deepen your knowledge of the field, you’ll find some great suggestions in the list below.

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Alumni Career Profile: Jenny Ottenhoff, MPH ’09

We interviewed Jenny Ottenhoff, MPH ’09, who works as a Policy Outreach Associate, Global Health, at the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC. In her interview, Jenny shares a typical day at the bi-partisan think tank, the path to her current position, and thoughts on how to network in your field of interest.  Read the interview here.

Epidemic Intelligence Service Postgraduate Program

The Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) is a 2-year, postgraduate program of service and on-the-job training for health professionals interested in the practice of epidemiology. Each year, EIS provides individuals with opportunities to gain hands-on experience in epidemiology at CDC or in state or local health departments. EIS Officers, often called CDC’s “disease detectives,” have gone on to occupy leadership positions at the CDC and other public health agencies nationally and internationally.

Persons with a strong interest in applied epidemiology who meet at least one of the following qualifications may apply to EIS:

  • physicians with >1 year of clinical training;
  • persons with a PhD, DrPH, or other doctoral degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, health informatics or related fields, the social or behavioral sciences, natural sciences, or the nutrition sciences;
  • dentists, physician assistants, and nurses with an MPH or equivalent degree; or
  • veterinarians with an MPH or equivalent degree or relevant public health experience.

Applications are now being accepted for the July 2014–June 2016 EIS Program.

Alumni Career Profile: Lauren Korshak, BS’05, MS ’08

We interviewed Lauren Korshak, BS’05, MS’08 who works as a Physiologist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, DC.  In her interview, Lauren shares the key components of her job; her journey from choosing an undergraduate major to her current career; and some solid advice that has helped her to navigate her professional path. Read the interview here.