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1 Transition to Public Health and Public Service Brandy Heckman-Stoddard, PhD, MPH Cancer Prevention Fellow Division of Cancer Prevention

2 Disclosure The presentation is my personal opinion and not a reflection of the National Cancer Institute.

3 Outline What is Public Health Ways to Transition

4 What is Public Health? Public Health is the science and practice of protecting and improving the health of a community, as by preventative medicine, health education, control of communicable diseases, application of sanitary measures, and monitoring of environmental hazards. (The American Heritage Dictionary)

5 No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19% 20%–24% 25%–29% ≥30% Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, CDC

6 The Value of an MPH Strong foundation of epidemiology and biostatistics as well as health communication and policy Additional training in clinical research

7 MPH Programs Johns Hopkins University University of North Carolina Harvard University University of Michigan Columbia University Emory University University of Washington

8 Career Options Health Policy and Management: Academic Policy Advisor, Legislative Policy Advisor, Management Policy Advisor Epidemiology: State Epidemiologist, Research Epidemiologist, Pharmacoepidemiologist Behavioral Science and Health Education: Behavior Scientist, Health Educator, Mental Health Researcher Health Communications: Communications Specialist, Journalist International and Global Health: International HIV Specialist, Tropical Disease Specialist Public Health Preparedness and Function: State Epidemiologist, Laboratory Director, Public Health Lawyer

9 Current Cancer Prevention Fellows

10 What is the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP)? Post-doctoral Fellowship with 25 year history; for early career scientists Multidisciplinary Independent, mentored-research in cancer prevention Fellows selected annually through competitive process; support for 4 years

11 Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program: Program Components Master of Public Health degree Mentored research Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention Fellows’ Research Meetings Cancer Prevention and Control Colloquia Grant writing workshop Professional development training (e.g., leadership, oral presentations)

12 NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention Two courses: –Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control –Molecular Prevention Lecturers: senior scientists and practitioners ~85 participants per course (~50% international) Annual “Advances in Cancer Prevention” Lecture

13 Other fellowships that help with the transition Commissioner’s Fellowship at the FDA AAAS Science and Technology Fellowship Emerging Infectious Disease Fellowship at the CDC Presidential Management Fellows

14 Final Thought Even if you stay in bench science a knowledge and understanding of the public health literature can be a great asset to both your publication record and your ability to get grant funding.

15 Thank you!


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