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Physical therapist aims for healing on a larger scale with online MPH

Jean Rinkowski

Jean Rinkowski, a seasoned physical therapist who's taking her expertise to new heights by pursuing an MPH at the University of Michigan. Learn how her shift from individual care to public health aims to address systemic challenges and improve health outcomes on a larger scale.

Kellie Paich

Alumna 'focuses on entire person' as part of patient care at Movember

Kellie Paich, MPH ’14

Kellie Paich, MPH ’14, is well-versed in prostate cancer treatments and the disease’s prevalence, with more than 200,000 annual diagnoses in the United States. Paich, who earned a Master of Public Health degree in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, emphasizes the need for a sensitive initial patient approach.

Christopher Floyd

Internship in Kenya enriches Global Health Epidemiology personal journey

Christopher Floyd, BS ’21, MPH ’24

An eight-month internship in Kenya proved pivotal for Christopher Floyd, BS ’21, MPH ’24, offering practical exposure to global health issues and cultural immersion, further enriching his academic perspectives in public health. Floyd will graduate in May with a Master of Public Health degree in Global Health Epidemiology from Michigan Public Health.

Soumik Purkayastha

Finding inspiration at the intersection of public health and data science

Soumik Purkayastha, MS ’21, PhD ’24

A native of India, Soumik Purkayastha, MS ’21, PhD ’24, first made a connection with the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2005 when he was in fourth grade. Now, Purkayastha will graduate in May with a PhD in Biostatistics from the Department of Biostatistics at Michigan Public Health. After graduation, Purkayastha will join the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Pittsburgh as an assistant professor in the fall.

Matthew Hernandez

Staying grounded: Building public health skills for local impact

Matthew Hernandez, MPH ’24

Matthew Hernandez, MPH ’24, became interested in learning about the foundations of public health with the goal of being able to contribute to public health research. Through the online MPH program in Population and Health Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, he said he’s gained the necessary skills to achieve those research goals.