Why Students choose the School of Public Health

Alyssa McNulty

mcnulty-profile.jpg

Program:

DrPH in Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Origins:

Katy, TX

Degrees:

BS, Molecular Biosciences & Biotechnology
 
MPH, Epidemiology

Professional Interests:

Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Involvement:

Aggie Research Program, TAMPHSA, Epidemiology Student Organization

“My experiences at the School of Public Health have allowed me to collaborate with top researchers in infectious disease epidemiology and work with others in different disciplines to tackle the most pressing issues in zoonotic and vector-borne diseases. I am confident that I will be an impactful infectious disease epidemiologist because of my education and research at the school.”

 

During my undergraduate years and while serving as a research technician at another university, I became interested in infectious disease epidemiology. I started at the Texas A&M School of Public Health to receive my MPH in epidemiology and decided to stay to pursue my doctorate because of the amazing research opportunities at the school.

I am involved in several research projects at the School of Public Health. This includes leading a team of five undergraduate students on a project that examines weather trends and incidence of zoonotic and vector borne diseases. The goal is to see if different weather variables, for example high temperatures or lots of rainfall, correlate with an increase or a decrease in disease frequency or with other disease patterns in the United States. I also participated in the Scowcroft Institute’s Pandemic Policy Summit Simulation and as a result, I was invited by a program at Texas A&M to continue to conduct research on pandemic preparedness. With the help of Dr. Rebecca Fischer, and in collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine, I am working to assess the prevalence of Rickettsial disease in Texas hunters and identify specific risk factors for being infected.

The dedicated faculty and the opportunity for students to make a difference in the field of public health are just a few of the many outstanding aspects of the school. The faculty at the school are always looking for ways to help their students gain insightful research and professional opportunities.