2017 Master of Public Health in Health Services Administration
Currently: Accreditation Specialist at The Council on Education for Public Health
"I believe that ETSU’s focus on practice, not only classroom instruction, really enabled
me to hone in on soft skills that employers are looking for."
Question: Tell us about your current position.
As an Accreditation Specialist, I will manage the accreditation review process for
different institutions of public health across the country, serve as on-site coordinator
for accreditation site visits at universities across the US, edit and prepare sections
of site visit team reports, assist with developing training materials and conducting
training sessions, and many other office duties that assist the Executive and Deputy
Question: How did your education prepare you for the real world?
I believe that ETSU’s focus on practice, not only classroom instruction, really enabled
me to hone in on soft skills that employers are looking for. The background knowledge
that the classroom instruction was able to provide is a great stepping stone for the
on-the-job training that I will receive once I begin my job with CEPH.
Along with the formal instruction, perhaps the most beneficial education that I received
was with my work in the HSMP Department as a Graduate Assistant. My work with Dr.
Beatty gave me opportunities that set me apart from other applicants, and ultimately
aided in securing the position with CEPH. The work that I did for other professors
also helped sculpt my skills through research, editing, qualitative data cleaning
and analysis, and note-taking.
Question: What is something you wish you had known when you were a student?
As a Graduate Assistant in the College, I received incredibly helpful knowledge from,
and a closeness with the faculty that unfortunately many other students do not have.
I think that a mentorship program would be helpful to students who perhaps secure
GA positions elsewhere in the University. I also think that even basic data analysis
education would be exceedingly helpful for any position that any graduate accepts.
Any other thoughts?
The education, experience, and support that I received from ETSU went above and beyond
anything I had imagined when I set out to complete a graduate degree. I cannot thank
the faculty and staff enough for the tools they have given me to go out in the real
world and inevitably make a difference in the public health arena. Leaving my Public
Health Family here will be very difficult, but I have confidence that the relationships
that I have made here will persevere.