Student Profiles


Caitlin Chan PictureName:
 Caitlin Chan
Degree Program: 80 credit Master of Science, Department of Epidemiology
Area of Interest: Reproductive, Perinatal, and Pediatric Epidemiology

  1. What are your main research interests? 

I’m interested in health disparities and the social determinants of health as well as mental health in the populations of children and adolescents.

  1. What experiences led you to studying at HSPH?

I had a somewhat interesting path to public health! I studied business and film in undergrad, then worked with a documentary distributor and through that became interested in non-profit work. I worked and volunteered extensively in education, refugee resettlement and homeless case management. Eventually, I joined AmeriCorps and started a Medicaid, SNAP, social services enrollment program and family resource center for a mid-sized school district and worked with a staff of adults with developmental disabilities. The last couple of years, I’ve been working at a non-profit on primarily statewide (in California) implementation of the Affordable Care Act as well as youth development pipeline programs through public school-based health centers.

  1. What is the best class you’ve taken at HSPH and why?

The best class I’ve taken so far at HSPH is Social Epidemiology with Lisa Berkman. I absolutely loved all the topics we covered (discrimination, employment policies, behavioral economics, social networks, etc) and we were really pushed to discuss the nuance of study design in observational studies. The discussion nature of the class was great, and I learned how creative researchers can get in developing natural experiments when an RCT is impossible. I also highly recommend Disease Distribution Theory, taught by Nancy Krieger, who makes you question everything you assumed about the history of medicine.

  1. Favorite part about living in Boston?

The city is really cute and not too hard to get around and the architecture is gorgeous. There’s tons of events going on all the time between all the colleges, but my favorite thing might be all the Italian food in the North End.

  1. After graduation, where do you envision yourself facilitating change in the public health sector?

I’m not entirely sure yet – originally I was set on working in government or an NGO on program development around maternal and child health issues, but I’m surprisingly enjoying research a lot and might go down that path instead.

 


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 Genevieve Lennox
Degree Program: 42.5 credit Master of Science, Department of Epidemiology
Area of Interest (Concentration):Clinical Epidemiology

  1. What are your main research interests?

I’m interested in studying the prevention and treatment of gynecologic malignancies and the delivery of palliative care services to gynecologic oncology patients.

  1. What experiences led you to studying at HSPH?

I am a fellow in gynecologic oncology from the University of Toronto and will be doing clinical research throughout my career. I wanted a strong foundation in the design and analysis of epidemiological studies to maximize the quality and impact of my future projects.

  1. What is the best class you’ve taken at HSPH and why?

BIO 201 (Introduction to statistical methods) has been my best class so far. It greatly enhanced my understanding of bio-statistics and has enabled me to perform my own data analyses. Most significantly, Dr. Catalano was clear, engaging, entertaining and dedicated to facilitating our understanding of the material.  

  1. Favorite part about living in Boston?

There are so many things to love about Boston: the scenery, restaurants, museums (with free entry for Harvard students), diverse neighborhoods and cultural activities. The best thing for me has been living in Shattuck International House where I have made friends with many inspiring people from around the world.

  1. After graduation, where do you envision yourself facilitating change in the public health sector?

When I graduate from HSPH, I will complete the two clinical years of my fellowship in gynecologic oncology. After that, I plan to work in an academic hospital, reduce the incidence and improve the outcomes of gynecological malignancies and improve palliative care for oncology patients in Canada.

 

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 Name: Katherine Howe
Degree Program: Doctor of Science,
Area of Interest: Cardiovascular Epidemiology

  1. What are your main research interests?

My interests include chronic disease prevention, nutrition policy, and health disparities.

 

  1. What experiences led you to studying at HSPH?

My coursework and research experiences through the MPH program in health policy at HSPH furthered my interest in chronic disease prevention and motivated me to pursue additional training in quantitative research methods.

  1. What is the best class you’ve taken at HSPH and why?

RDS 280 and 285 are must-take courses for anyone interested in the application of decision science methods to public health issues.

  1. Favorite part about living in Boston?

This city is brimming with passionate, intelligent, and fascinating people from all over the globe.

  1. After graduation, where do you envision yourself facilitating change in the public health sector?

I would like to pursue an interdisciplinary research career in epidemiology and policy aimed at preventing chronic disease in underserved groups.