Want to learn more about what you can do with your MPH? We encourage both prospective and current students to learn more about what some of our alumni are doing and how they're using their degrees. If you have more questions or just want to learn more about what they're doing, feel free to contact them through the link provided.

Jeff Wu

Jeff Wu

My background prior to grad school was in Healthcare technology. I worked at Epic for 6 years and then transitioned into data analytics working for a business intelligence company called Qlik. In grad school I did my capstone research through UW Health, working on analytics projects around things like blood utilization, hospital acquired infections, and outcomes analysis of UW Health’s population health programs (like our participation in the MSSP-ACO).

After graduation I got the opportunity to join a great company called Health Catalyst that continues to allow me to leverage my technical knowledge with the amazing education I received at UW SMPH. Now I apply epidemiological methods to data science and artificial intelligence to help large healthcare providers solve a host of problems and answer complex questions. In my role I participate in the discovery of the breadth of problems by developing surveillance based analytics of those specific problems such as the management of chronic conditions. I work with clinicians to develop interventions that range from pharmaceutical,  behavioral, and environmental and if necessary, develop technical components for those interventions. We then measure and track the progress and success of those interventions and assist our customers in publishing their findings, adding to the literature and advancing the progress of understanding.

In the 2.5 years since I graduated, I’ve been able to work on projects such as predicting patients who may become septic or patients that might be readmitted. I am getting to dip my toes into precision medicine with a current project that is aiming to estimate 10-year survival rates of patients with Brain Cancer based on a wide range of interventions and personal quality of life choices as well as personal health, demographic, and socio-economic qualities.

 

Laura Jacobson

Laura Jacobson

While pursuing my master’s degree in public health and certificate in global health I was fortunate to contribute to field research in Mbarara Uganda, where we studied the channels of communication between health workers and policymakers with the goal of strengthening the health system that served rural villages. The MPH program provided me with many opportunities to develop a broad array of skills. My writing skills developed and improved significantly in the program and I have published several manuscripts and one book chapter since graduation.

I currently reside in Portland, OR where I am a research consultant and freelance writer working on projects related to women’s health, childbirth injury in Ethiopia, and interpersonal communication in the health system with Oregon Health and Science University and Stanford Medicine. Principles of community-based participatory research and qualitative research methods that I learned in Wisconsin continue to guide much of the work I do.

In the fall of 2018 I will return to school once again to pursue a PhD in Health Systems and Policy at Oregon Health and Science University-Portland State’s new joint School of Public Health. I plan to study unintended consequences of global health policy and their effects on mothers and families in resource limited settings. The foundation for this pursuit began at the MPH program in Wisconsin and I am extremely grateful to the wonderful faculty, staff and mentors I had along the way.

 

Caitlin Rublee

Caitlin Rublee, MD, MPH

My experiences at the University of Wisconsin have been integral in developing as a physician and person. I left with a thirst to question and be curious about the people and places around me. The coursework and capstone project provided a foundation for practicing ethical medicine while striving to confront modern public health issues as a member of a multidisciplinary team. I was prepared to identify and address social determinants of health witnessed on shifts in the emergency department, at the capital, and globally. From climate change and environmental disasters to communicable diseases, I collected a toolbox of skills to apply to any situation both now and in the future.

I will finish residency in emergency medicine in June 2019. I am exploring positions that allow me to collaborate with community, state, and national partners to address health equity both inside and outside the doors of the emergency department.

 

Justin Kohl

 

Justin Kohl

Returning from a 2 year stint as Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala, I wanted to learn more about prevention of disease at the community level. My Peace Corps service focused on access to clean air, drinking water and nutrition. An interest in public health started to develop during one of my first projects building clean burning stoves and providing nutrition education to local Mayan indigenous communities. Returning stateside to study infectious diseases, epidemiology and public health felt like a good way to carry my cultural and community experiences from Peace Corps into a career in public health.

In the MPH program at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and Public Health, I connected with a diverse group of students including other returned Peace Corps Volunteers, med students, law students, environmentalists, educators and people from various backgrounds and cultures. I felt right at home in small groups conducting community needs assessments, learning and practicing data analyses and crafting responses to community identified public health threats. Class sizes were mostly smaller and provided us with many opportunities to connect with and learn from people who were out practicing careers in public health when they weren’t leading lectures and discussions. There were many opportunities for us to practice those skills in working environments too, and most of them paid well or helped offset the cost of tuition. I had the fortune of being lead author and analyst on 33 reports on the status of tobacco use and control in the western hemisphere for CDC/WHO. Then I had the chance to cut my teeth in outbreak investigations working at DPH on the Surveillance and Outbreak Support Team. I later took over as the team’s coordinator and continued to train and work with students on outbreak investigations, and many of them also found a career at DPH in infectious disease epidemiology.

Now, I’m applying my skills and knowledge gained in the program and at DPH as an infection preventionist for the SSM Health surgery centers where I face new challenges and learn new things every day. I am fortunate to still have the chance to work and consult with some of my former students and colleagues.

 

Mala Mathur

Mala Mathur, MD, MPH

I really enjoyed my experiences in the MPH Program and would highly recommend the program to all physicians who desire a deeper understanding of our health care system and population health while gaining the tools and expertise needed to work collaboratively towards a healthier society. As a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health I am a practicing pediatrician, I teach medical students and residents, and work on quality improvement initiatives within the Division of General Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.

Since graduating in 2006 from the inaugural class of the Master of Public Health Program at the School of Medicine and Public Health, I have worked in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Public Health on pediatric health initiatives including promoting routine development and autism screening in the medical home and promoting care coordination for children and youth with special health care needs. I have also served on the Board of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (WIAAP) and I am currently serving a three-year term as President of WIAAP.

I am passionate about using quality improvement methodology, innovative clinical practices and advocacy to better the lives of children, adolescents and young adults.

 

Alexa Statz

Alexa Statz, MPH

After graduation, I moved to Denver where I took a position for Centura Health, one of Colorado’s largest health care systems. My position, Population Health Coordinator, was located within Centura’s population health management department where we worked to support primary care practices navigating the unique challenges and transitions from fee for service to more value-based care model payments.

I entered my career having a solid foundational knowledge of population health management and the complexity of health systems payment plans which I learned from the classes I took. It was great being able to apply and utilize my education and skillsets I learned during my Masters of Public Health program in many arenas of my career thus far.

I recently took a new position within Centura, as a Clinical Outcomes Coordinator, working to support quality initiatives within the hospital system. Within this position, I will be focusing on my passion and interest for patient safety and quality strategies to improve patient outcomes. Again in this new position, the MPH program prepared me well with the necessary knowledge and skillsets to bring value to yet another arena of healthcare and population health.

 

Kong Vang

Kong Vang, MPH

My MPH experience at UW-Madison was fantastic. Although I am naturally shy and reserved, I've felt very comfortable with the support I've received from faculty and MPH support staff. The MPH classes build on each other very well and I love how applicable everything is to the real world. I especially enjoy having class with students from different professional backgrounds and getting a glimpse into how they would approach health problems. Having this diversity simulates how public health is practiced and how vital teamwork is.

One thing I love about public health, specifically this public health program, is how interdisciplinary it is. My field of research is heavily education focused, but this program is very flexible and allowed me to cross into other disciplines to explore my passion for pipeline programming and health professional development. I attribute my time here in the MPH Program to helping me get back on my feet and reapply to medical school--I'm truly grateful to be a part of this program. I have now been admitted to medical school and look forward to continuing my medical education as a Badger here at the UW-Madison!

If everything goes as planned, I would love to become a primary care physician (family medicine) and stay in Wisconsin. I see myself heavily engaged with communities of color working to address health disparities. Having this public health knowledge will definitely help me in these pursuits.

 

Sweta Shrestha

Sweta Shrestha, MPH

Grad school and my cohort were some of the best years of my academic career. I loved the diversity in interest among the students. Not being grouped with who had the same interest as me allowed me to explore other aspects of public health that I would not always have considered and allowed for richer conversations. I loved having DVM students in my cohort, really realizing the impact animals have in public health. The small groups and the fact that professors knew you and your interests was a culture shift coming from undergraduate studies but I appreciated the access and time of the faculty members and especially the community practitioner faculty members who came and mentored us. Also really liked that I could pick and choose my coursework and the curriculum wasn’t so prescriptive to pigeon hole me.

Since graduating in 2010, I’ve been working at the Global Health Institute here at the UW developing and implementing curriculum around global health education. I’ve also worked on technical assistance and training in Quality Improvement in over five countries and in the US with participants from over ten countries and developed and run field courses in Nepal and Sri Lanka for undergraduate students. I am now working at Population Health Institute (PHI) on curriculum development, leadership, and equity training and providing technical assistant on Health Equity, maternal and child health, and quality improvement.