PhD in Public and Community Health Alumni
Alumni - 2014
Rebekah Angove, PhD
Rebekah's dissertation is titled Screening for Childhood Exposure to Violence in Pediatric Primary Care:Provider Practices and Perspectives. Abstract
Rebekah took a position at the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI). She is the Engagement Lead for the Louisiana Clinical Data Research Network (LACDRN).
Alumni - 2013
Emily Hall Ganos, PhD
Emmy is now working at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as a Program Associate on the Quality/Equality Team.
Her dissertation is entitled Physicians' Cultural Norms and Health Care Intensity. Abstract
Alumni - 2012
The PhD Program in Public and Community Health graduated its first cohort of students. They began their journey to a PhD degree in 2008. On May 18, 2012, Kaija Zusevics, Elizabeth Duthie, and Annie Nguyen graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy degree.
Kaija Zusevics, PhD
Kaija Zusevics completed her post-doctoral fellowship with the Program in Genomics and Ethics in the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities in the summer of 2014. Kaija has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Health Education in the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics at Northeastern Illinois University and will begin her new teaching position in August 2014.
Kaija's dissertation was entitled Testing an Intervention to Impact Student Engagement and Hope among Urban Students: A Social Determinants of Health Framework. Abstract.
“This program laid the foundation for me to grow into a flexible, transparent, and reflexive researcher and teacher. The science of public and community health is based on respect for multiple truths, honest collaboration, and the translation of knowledge; each component an art form in and of itself. I learned that it is possible for the science and art of public health to converge and synergistically enhance strides toward social justice.” Kaija Zusevics, 2012
Spring 2012 - Kaija received an Outstanding Medical School Teacher award for her presentation in the M2 Health Policy course. Her session, taught with PhD in Public and Community Health doctoral candidate, Emmy Hall, was entitled "Health Disparities and Policy Solutions".
Elizabeth Duthie, PhD
Elizabeth’s dissertation was entitled The Unbearable Lightness of Being Pregnant: Patient and Provider Perspectives on Pregnancy Weight Gain. Abstract.
Elizabeth accepted a postdoctoral fellowship sponsored through the Center for Patient Care and Outcomes Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She is working on an NIH-funded project (R21) following couples as they go through treatments for infertility to better understand their decision-making about which treatments to pursue.
Annie Nguyen, PhD
Dr. Annie Ngyen is now an Assistant Professor at the USC Keck School of Medicine and continues to study Gerontology.
Annie’s dissertation was entitled Cultural Perspectives, Lifecourse, and the Social Ecology of Successful Aging: The Views of Chinese and Hmong Elders. Abstract.
2012: She accepted a gerontology Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California-Irvine School of Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine/Geriatrics.
"The four years I spent in this program were the most significant in my development as a scholar and researcher. Without the professional guidance and intellectual challenges presented to me by my mentor and other supportive faculty and fellow students I would not be the scholar I am today. My experience here gave me the skills to be rigorous in my scientific inquiry but also reminded me that respect for communities, dignity, and justice should never be sacrificed for the sake of science. I feel confident and prepared to embark on the next phase of my professional career and truly believe that I will go far because of all that I have gained from this program." Annie Nguyen, 2012