Tag: #school

Epidemiology for Non-Epidemiologists?

Epidemiology is the basis for much of the work that goes into public health. From the research that gives us the evidence we need to conduct good public health policy, to the work that is done investigating outbreaks, we use epidemiology to help us understand what we are seeing. It’s a scientific branch (or a branch of medicine) that helps…

A Day of Days

I did it. I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation last Wednesday and became a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH). It was the culmination of five years of learning, working, and balancing a lot of aspects of my life. I must be honest that I felt incredibly overwhelmed at times. There were several moments when I wanted to throw in the towel and walk away.

How Today Went, in GIFs

In case you don’t know, there are several steps that you must go through to become a Doctor of Public Health. First, of course, you need to get through school and into a doctoral program. It’s a lot like climbing a mountain and having to ask someone at the top to teach you how to fly. Once you’re in, you…

Like a Chicken With My Head Cut Off

One of the things that I admire about the people who I admire is their ability — real or perceived — to multitask. The best of them can do it effortlessly. They come up with stuff that they’ve done and I’m left wondering how they did it. I’ve been trying to match that kind of multitasking, but everyone who sees…

Run the red light… I’ll pay the ticket

I was sixteen years old when I graduated high school. Did I ever tell you that? My birthday falls in January, so the school system wanted to hold me over until I was six-and-a-half before starting school. Mom wouldn’t have any of it. She had placed me in kindergarten at four-and-a-half, and I was doing great, according to her. I…


Standardized testing is robbing our students of wisdom

Standardized testing cannot possibly be the best way to test if what teachers teach has taught anything to the students. For far too many years now, I’ve seen students being deprived of wisdom and just filled with action-less knowledge. Sadly, I don’t think things are going to change, and we may all pay dearly for it.

Best Inspirational Speech Ever

I think I’ve posted this here before, but it’s worth re-posting. Today I take a biostats quiz and next week a biostats final exam. They’re known for their brutality. So let this be something to inspire all of us being tested in this and so many other ways:

Taking Tuesday: School and Friends and Growing Up


I have always loved school, but I never really liked the social interactions that came with it. It wasn’t that I didn’t like people. The problem was that I was always an outsider, someone who didn’t fit in. It was either because I was too young or because I didn’t speak English… Or because I didn’t play “the right” sport (i.e. not soccer). In today’s Talking Tuesday, I tell you about the end of summer and the beginning of school, and how much that hurt when I was a kid. Then I finish by telling you how things have changed now that I’m an adult.

You can download the MP3 file by clicking here.

The Brown Scholars

A few days after being accepted into the school of public health, my wife and I had a discussion on how to pay for it all. After all, grad school is not cheap, and it would definitely be expensive at the world’s #1 school of public health. While being accepted was a dream come true, it was becoming clear that…