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PhD Alumni Spotlights

"Attending the School of Public Health was life-changing. You are surrounded by internationally known researchers from all backgrounds who are always available and willing to help. I’ve have published some of my work and essentially this happens because of the supporting environment here."

"The School of Public Health is a good place to be as a doctoral student for several reasons - the faculty thoroughly mentor students and steer them toward helpful resources and the opportunity to get a diverse education and exposure while on the Texas A&M campus."

Shannon Butkus ‘18, received her PhD in Health Services Research and is Vice President of Skilled Therapies for UnitedHealth Care’s Community & State Division where she will have oversight of the company’s therapy services program across the country for their Medicaid, CHIP, and dual eligible products.

Dr. Vest is currently the Co-PI of a Robert Wood Johnson System for Action Collaborating Research Center that has developed and introduced an EHR-based computerized decision support system to support more effective use of social services within primary care. This work was recently awarded the CAHME/Wharton Research Data Services Best Paper for Empirical Research and won regional and national competitions for best new disruptive solutions designed to improve patient outcomes.