I am a 2016 graduate of Brandeis. I am about to graduate in a month from Boston University with my MPH, and am looking for a health policy or health communications job in the Boston area. I would love to talk to anyone about potential opportunities, or even just advice on finding a job in public health that is the right fit for me – any assistance would be appreciated! Thank you!
Name: Jessica Plante ’16
Majors: Politics, Health: Science, Society and Policy
Hometown: Hampden, MA
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I am a senior looking to talk to any recent alumni who went to Yale, BU, or Emory to complete an MPH (particularly if you were HSSP major while at Brandeis, and pursued your MPH immediately after completing your undergraduate studies). I am in the process of trying to decide which program to attend, so any insights you can provide would be greatly appreciated
Name: Rebecca Miller
Majors: HSSP & Anthropology
Hometown: Silver Spring, MD
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I am graduating this coming May with majors in Political Science and International and Global Studies. During my time at Brandeis and through internships that I participated in, I became very interested in health policy and public health research, taking multiple courses in this area to further my academic knowledge. I have been applying to various research positions within these fields, for example at Dartmouth College, MGH, Boston Childrens, RTI and others. I was wondering if you have any advice for a young professional who is seeking to enter the health policy and public health field. I would also like to hear about your experience within this field, how you got started, what your job search process looked like and your experience so far.
Name: Helena Voltmer ’18
Majors: IGS and Politics
Hometown: Windsor, VT
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I am a senior seeking advice on pursuing a Master of Public Health degree, as well as careers relating to public health, government, and non-profits. I have a double major in Health: Science, Society, & Policy and Sociology with broad interests in community health, global health, health communications, health policy, food security, and urban design.
I plan on taking time off before pursuing a MPH and am interested in speaking to alumni who have done the same. I would appreciate advice on applying to public health graduate programs and building work and research experience after graduation. I am eager to listen to your stories and for any guidance you can provide. Thank you!
Name: Sharon Cai ’18
Majors: Health: Science, Society, & Policy and Sociology
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
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I just graduated in May with a B.A. in Health: Science, Society, and Policy and I am interested in pursuing a career in community health promotion. To me, this entails considering the roles of the built environment and social and environmental determinants of health to come up with ways to improve physical activity, nutrition, and other health trends in a community. Ideally, I would like to work in a setting where I can combine research, theory, and practice. I hope to gain some experience in the workforce before seeking a dual master’s degree in public health and urban planning. I would like to connect with Brandeis alumni who are in the public health field with similar interests who may be able to offer advice and insight into career opportunities.
Name: Nina Sayles ’17
Hometown: Mamaroneck, NY
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I am an HSSP major and an anthropology minor. I know that I want to do work in the public health field, but I’m not sure exactly what. I’m interested in incorporating international cultural practices/alternative medicine in the Western healthcare system. What advice do you have for finding careers related to this field?
Name: Takisha Edwards ’17
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I am excited to be graduating Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology this coming May. Currently, I work as a research technician preparing equipment for the researchers in the lab including creating and testing antibiotic plates, sterilizing pipettes, Eppendorf tubes, and glass tubes, and creating various medias.
Last summer, I had the opportunity to work as a physician office assistant (POA) at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital through the
Healthcare Administration Summer Support Program. Through this position, I handled heavy telephone volume, rescheduled patients tests and appointments, and updated electronic medical records (EMR).
I am interested in learning about two different paths: emergency medicine and its work environment as well as healthcare consulting. Post graduation I would like to work either as a clinical researcher in emergency medicine or some entry-level healthcare consulting. I am very excited to hear from Brandeis Alumni and your experiences!
Name: Caitlin King ‘ 17
Hometown: Queens, NY
I am a motivated senior majoring in HSSP and politics with minors in anthropology and women’s and gender studies. I am in my first semester of the accelerated master’s in public policy program with a concentration in health policy at the Heller School at Brandeis. I am passionate about reproductive rights and health care accessibility, and I am interested in learning about how to work in the field of health policy, specifically reproductive health. Thank you for your help; I look forward to speaking with you!
Name: Annie Averill ’17
Majors: HSSP, politics
Hometown: Plaistow, NH
I’m about to finish my first course in public health and I absolutely love the issue we have been talking about. From this experience, I am contemplating pursuing a career in public health with a focus on international health. I would greatly appreciate any insight into the field, potential career paths, and educational opportunities I could pursue after I complete my undergraduate degree.
Name: Lucy Miller-Suchet ’19
Majors: International & global studies
Hometown: Nyack, NY
I am a senior on the pre-med track, but before medical school I will be taking a gap year to enhance my academic and clinical experience. Since coming to Brandeis I have not had the chance to explore all of my interests in healthcare, and this is where I am seeking advice. I have a keen interest in public health, and specifically increasing access to mental health education in minority communities. Within my gap year, I would love to explore the public health sector but I am having some difficulty figuring out how to do that. I would be extremely appreciative if anyone could offer advice on their gap year before medical school and what opportunities there are for students like me. Thank you!
Name: Megan Boateng ’17
Majors: Neuroscience and Biology
Hometown: Worcester, MA
I am looking to get into public health. I don’t know what route to take or much about graduate programs, and would appreciate talking to alumni with insight into this field.
Name: Jason Varghese ’16
Majors: Economics, biology
Hometown: Bronx, NY