Data Scientist, Stanford Medical Center
Tell us about your current job:
I am a data scientist in the cardiovascular medicine department at the Stanford Medical Center. Through my job, I work closely with a startup that is using precision based analytics and data to improve the delivery and quality of healthcare. I'm responsible for cleaning, analyzing, and differentially selecting data to achieve the research goals of the startup.
What inspired you to pursue an MPH or MS in your area of specialization?
My first job after graduating from the University of Washington with my Bachelor's degree was at a managed care organization in Seattle. I helped plan health outreach programs, and health education classes. I really loved what I was doing and wanted to become a leader in public health, which led me to apply for my MPH. Once at Tufts I realized how important data was in every planning stage. I really understood that I could use my data skills to help improve many aspects of public health.
What drew you to the Tufts’ Program?
I was really drawn to the possibility of doing my ALE abroad, which I did! I was also very excited about all the research that professors were doing and the opportunity to be involved in this research as a new MPH student. I worked in research that ranged from Medicare fraud prevention to nutrition and exercise in local elementary schools.
How did your Tufts degree help prepare you to work in the field (or what were the highlights of your Program)?
There are projects that I did in my biostatistics classes that directly relate to what I am doing in my current position. Part of my position at Stanford and the startup is selecting certain variables and data that could be influential to the research. Having a solid foundation in epidemiology and biostatistics is very important in the work that I do.
What advice do you have for prospective students?
Take every opportunity that is presented to you, apply for every research position you can, and become friends with your professors. At times, I felt like I was stretching myself too thin and taking on too many projects, but by becoming involved in research you are getting direct work experience in your field which you can then add to your resume.