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ASPPH Presents Webinar: How Students Can Get Involved Now

Public health provides the opportunity to lead a fulfilling professional life, positively impacting communities around the world.If you are considering the field, or currently studying public health, this webinar will help you understand what opportunities are available to you now, and after completing a master’s in public health. This includes discussing some of the many interest areas that intersect with public health, as well as opportunities to explore and get experience in the field now.

  • Moderator

    Tracie Seward, MA

    Senior Director of Outreach & Recruitment
    Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health

  • Presenters

    Eyal Oren, PhD, MS

    Dr. Eyal Oren is the Interim Director of the School of Public Health at San Diego State University. He is a tenured Associate Professor of Epidemiology and a core-investigator at the Institute for Behavioral and Community Health at SDSU. He is trained as an infectious disease, respiratory and social epidemiologist with particular expertise in respiratory health, and numerous projects in COVID-19, TB, flu, tobacco exposure and asthma. He has also worked at the interface of infectious etiologies and chronic disease outcomes, particularly cancers. He has extensive experience in epidemiological and clinical research, working on the effective adoption of interventions in the community as well as in developing evidence-based strategies and practices from secondary data analyses and novel data sources. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and holds an undergraduate degree in Neurobiology and Behavior from Cornell University and PhD and MS degrees in Epidemiology from the University of Washington.

    Wilma J. Wooten, MD, MPH

    Dr. Wilma Wooten is the Public Health Officer and Director of Public Health Services in the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency. She received both professional degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, followed by the completion of residency training at the Georgetown/Providence Hospital Family Practice Residency Program in Washington, DC. In 1989, she completed the joint San Diego State University (SDSU), Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH)/University of California San Diego (UCSD) Preventive Medicine Residency, with an emphasis in Sports Medicine. Dr. Wooten practiced medicine as a faculty member in the UCSD Department of Family and Preventive Medicine from 1990 to 2001. She remains a UCSD volunteer Associate Clinical Professor and is an Adjunct Professor at SDSU/GSPH. She has been with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency since 2001, initially as the Deputy Health Officer and now serves as the Public Health Officer since February 2007. She has a strong interest in health disparities and health equity. Dr. Wooten is a past Board member, and past president (2011-13), of the California Conference of Local Health Officers (CCLHO); current Board member, and past President (2013-15), of the Health Officers Association of California (HOAC); and past Board member (2009-2011) of the National Association of County and City Health Officials. Dr. Wooten is a current Board member of the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) of Directors (2011-present), member of the Big Cities Health Coalition (2014-present), and past member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2015-2019).

    Ashley Vaughn, MPH

    Ashley Vaughn is a recent graduate of the Master of Public Health Health Promotion and Health Behavior Program at Oregon State University (OSU). Prior to graduate school, Ashley spent many years as a high school science teacher. Observing the multiple intersections of place, educational outcomes, and health while teaching is what pushed her to pursue a public health career. In 2019, during the first year of her MPH program, Ashley received funding from the Northwest Public Health Training Center to collect data on the attitudes, beliefs, and misconceptions surrounding human papillomavirus (HPV), HPV vaccines, access and barriers to healthcare, and HPV vaccination intention among OSU students. In the summer of 2020, Ashley was selected as an Oregon Summer Fellow with Portland State University’s Center for Public Service. As a fellow, she worked with the Oregon Health Authority’s Office of Health Information Technology to interview Coordinated Care Organizations across Oregon on their use of specific health information platforms. Building off of her fellowship experience, Ashley completed her MPH internship with HIT Commons, a shared public/private governance model designed to accelerate and advance Health Information Technology adoption and use across Oregon. She continues to serve as a Communications Specialist and Data Analyst Consultant with HIT Commons. This fall, Ashley will join the faculty of OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences Health Promotion and Health Behavior Department as an Instructor.

  • Learning Outcomes
    • Describe opportunities to get involved as a current or prospective public health student
    • Identify resources available to explore graduate degrees in public health