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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 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 […]

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.

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 […]