Alumni

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After many decades of graduates, the programs in the Department of Health Studies have distinguished alumni in many different fields.

Ryan Diduk - graduated from the MPH program in 2006. Ryan currently works for the Duval County Health Department, Institute for Health, Policy, and Evaluation Research: Center for Community Health Research in Jacksonville, FL. 

The MPH program at ESU gave Ryan a strong foundation in public health research methods, mainly in mix-method design. The program also prepared him to work with a variety of communities in regards to issues affecting the population in Jacksonville. Ryan now works with health disparities, disease, social and behavioral issues, all of which he learned at ESU.

Nandi Marshall - graduated from the MPH program in 2006. Nandi recently left her job with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) to pursue her DrPH in Community Health at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University. Nandi is currently a graduate assistant with Lynn Woodhouse (former MPH coordinator for the ESU program).

The program at ESU helped Nandi to develop her knowledge of public health and increase her interest in health disparities and health equity. The program and professors also helped Nandi become more confident as a public health professional and competent in the area of health education. She believes that the professors are extremely personable and are truly interested in the success of the students.

Deidre Holland - graduated from the MPH program in 2004. After graduation, Deidre went to work for Sussex County Division of Health, serving as Partnership Coordinator for the Community Health Partnership leading the MAPP initiative for the county. She also served as the Health Educator, Clean Communities' Coordinator and became a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) for the state of NJ. Additionally, Deidre has been an adjunct instructor at ESU for the undergraduate program in Community Health.

Currently, Deidre is a faculty member in the Health Education & Behavioral Sciences Department at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Public Health, (UMDNJ-SPH), Newark Campus. She is an instructor and fieldwork coordinator for the MPH program as well as assisting the Associate Dean of the Office of Education & Assessment as needed with course and program evaluations.

The MPH program, faculty and curriculum at ESU prepared Deidre for the pragmatic application of public health practices by constructing a foundation for which she was able to launch and build a successful career in public health. The opportunity to both work and study at ESU has allowed Deidre to broaden her knowledge in the public health arena, develop research skills and acquire practical competencies that are applicable to her professional goals.