Bryanda Amillano

Bryanda Amillano, MPH

George Mason University College of Public Health

What inspired you to study public health? 

A friend in the field of epidemiology inspired me to explore careers and education in public health. After being on the medical path for some time, the pandemic made me realize that I no longer wanted to pursue bedside care. Instead, I felt drawn to focusing on preventative methods that could benefit entire populations.

What has been the single most rewarding experience of your career/studies so far? 

The highlight of my studies has undeniably been my practicum experience. Working alongside a Community Health Epidemiologist has been an invaluable opportunity for which I am immensely grateful. Prior to this, I hadn’t anticipated enjoying public health work at this level to such an extent, yet it has proven to be an eye-opening journey. Collaborating closely with community members and partners has also been exceptionally fulfilling.

Where did you do your practicum? What was it about? 

I completed my practicum with the Virginia Department of Health – Chickahominy Health District.

What do you hope to accomplish in your career? 

My career aspirations center around working in infectious disease surveillance at the state level. Looking ahead, I aim to transition into a role with the CDC, focusing on similar impactful work in the long term.


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