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My Path to Public Health: An Alumnus' Perspective on Choosing an MPH over Medicine - Matt Green
March 21, 2017
About the Speakers
Matt Green, MPH
Matt grew up near Chicago and realized his passion for health at a young age. Through coursework and internships, he oriented himself towards medical school and completed his undergraduate studies in (pre-med) biology with minors in psychology and Spanish.
Following college Matt came to San Francisco and gained employment in the nutrition field. He began to realize that his work was unfulfilling, catering largely to an affluent population and disenfranchising low-income individuals. He had been considering the DO program at TUC for its strong commitment to social-justice, and eventually found his way into the MPH program with a dedication for reducing health disparities. He kept food access and nutrition education in mind as his primary emphasis, and most of his major coursework projects & research at Touro centered around those themes. With invaluable support from TUC faculty he also became integrally involved in community-based work focused on healthy eating & active living. His field study involved working near La Paz, Bolivia at a center for malnourished children, and it was there that he decided to fully solidify his commitment to Public Health.
Medicine was his original career path and he had attained admission to multiple medical schools, including the DO program at TUC, but instead he chose to change course and commit to health education & promotion as a result of numerous positive experiences through the MPH program. Since graduating he has worked in both academic & community sectors, and recently accepted a lucrative position with the Health Promotion & Community Wellness Bureau of Solano County Public Health. He looks forward to a flourishing career committed to promoting health equity, and he’s elated with his decision to pursue public health over medicine.
Sarah Sullivan, RN, MSN,PNP, MPH - Associate Professor, Global Health Track
Sarah Sullivan is the Touro University California Global Health Bolivia field study coordinator and has set up over 50 student projects with Bolivian institutions and organizations. She has significant experience developing and implementing international education curricula in Clinical Nursing and Health Management and Leadership in low resource countries. Sarah has worked with Ministries of Health and United Nation agencies, including the WHO, in many countries. Research interests include the Roles of Nurses and Midwives in Emergencies and Disasters, Human Resources for Health, Interprofessional Education and Bioethics/Research Ethics.
Research in Developing Countries - Dr.Hernandez
February 28, 2017
About the Speakers
Dr. Hernandez is an assistant professor in the Public Health Program, Global Health Track. Her research focuses on human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and HPV-associated diseases in men and women both domestically and internationally.
Prior to her appointment at Touro University, Dr. Hernandez was an epidemiologist and biostatistician at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). At UCSF she was the lead epidemiologist on a number of projects including studies of prevalent and incident HPV infection among HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected men in India. She also worked on a variety of projects with topics including determining risk factors for HIV/AIDS acquisition, prevention of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infection, osteoarthritis, diabetes, urinary incontinence, and women’s health.
Dr. Hernandez holds a BA in Integrative Biology and Physical Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), an MPH from UCB with an emphasis in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and a doctorate in Epidemiology, also from UCB.
Prior to her appointment at Touro University California, Dr. Lingas was a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco. Immediately preceding her time at UCSF, Dr. Lingas was a Research Scientist at the Berkeley Media Studies Group, where she analyzed media content on a variety of topics, including intimate partner violence, paid family leave, pesticides, tuberculosis, immigration, racial discrimination, and food and beverage marketing. Before commencing her doctoral studies, Dr. Lingas served as an epidemiologist in the AIDS/STD Control Program for the San Bernarndino County Health Department. Dr. Lingas holds a doctorate in public health from the University of California, Berkeley, an MPH in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from Yale University, and a BA, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in Spanish from the University of Oregon.
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