DrPH student Sasha Smith, who serves as the Chief Epidemiologist for the Fulton County Board of Health, says the program has honed her leadership skills with a comprehensive curriculum that emphasizes practical experiences, ethical considerations and networking.
Name: Sasha Smith
Hometown: Hampton, Georgia
Undergraduate and master’s degrees and institution: B.S., Biology, MPH with a concentration in Epidemiology, University of Georgia
Tell us about your current position and role in public health:
As the Chief Epidemiologist for the Fulton County Board of Health, my goal is to ensure the health and well-being of our community. I play a crucial role in identifying and responding to communicable diseases and other health threats through effective disease surveillance, outbreak investigation, data analysis and public health interventions. My focus is on timely and accurate monitoring and response to safeguard and improve the health of our community.
What led you to choose the Georgia State School of Public Health’s DrPH program?
I admire Georgia State School of Public Health’s commitment to promoting health equity, improving access to healthcare and recognizing the impact of social determinants of health diversity. The school’s location in Atlanta is also a major advantage.
Tell us about some of your most valuable experiences in the DrPH program.
I personally found the GSU DrPH program extremely advantageous, since it provided me with exposure to a wide range of public health disciplines, including health policy and health promotion. The program also offered ample opportunities for networking and research, which was an added bonus. Applying what I learned during the program to my job was a great advantage. Overall, my experience in the GSU DrPH program was invaluable, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to advance their career in public health. I am confident that the program has equipped me well for my current job, and I look forward to utilizing the knowledge I gained for many years to come.
How is the DrPH program at Georgia State helping prepare you for leadership roles in public health?
Thanks to the DrPH program at GSU, I have honed my leadership skills. The curriculum is comprehensive and emphasizes practical experiences, ethical considerations, networking and leadership development. These experiences and skills have equipped me to face COVID-19 challenges and remain steadfast, even in the most difficult times.