Q&A with SPHIS 2017 Alumna of the Year, Dr. Natasha DeJarnett
Dr. Todd Misener Named Oklahoma State University’s Chief Wellness Officer
Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Scott Maymon Q&A
Does Healthy Food Cost Too Much?
Lessons in Leadership: Taking New Knowledge Into the Field of Practice
Alumni turn out for the Practicum and Networking Fair
2016-17 Alumni Fellow, Dr. Matthew Groenewold
2015-16 Alumni Fellow, Dr. Therese Hughes
Alumnus Spotlight: Dr. Ray Yeager
Advice to SPHIS Graduates
Alumna Spotlight: Emily Sweet shares how Grand Canyon visitors benefit from public health education
Alumnus Spotlight: Dr. Lewatis McNeal
Q&A with 2018 SPHIS Alumna of the Year, Dr. Avonne Connor
Q&A with SPHIS Alumna, Keisha Dorsey
Unique relationship between SPHIS and city’s public health department
SPHIS alumna, Janikaa Sherrod, prepares to “kick cancer’s butt”
SPHIS Alumni Wisdom
Q&A with SPHIS Alumnus, Allen Rakotoniaina, MPH
2019 SPHIS Graduation Awards & Honors
Q&A with SPHIS Alumna, Tionne Goodson, MPH
SPHIS alumna helps develop opioid toolkit for employers
Q&A with SPHIS Alumnus, Dr. Andrew McCart
Find your ikigai-- Q&A with SPHIS alumna, Dr. Nida Ali
Alumnus Spotlight: Dr. Duke Appiah
2020 Commencement Awards
Congratulations May 2020 Graduates
Recent graduate, Suur Ayangeakaa, reflects on her experience at SPHIS
Alumni stories from the front line of COVID-19
SPHIS connections lead to career for alumna Lori Droege
Alumni spotlight: Selma Avdic
SPHIS Alumna Spotlight: Sashia Torres
Alumna Spotlight: Q&A with Molly O' Keefe
Q&A with recent graduate, Jack Pfeiffer
Q&A with SPHIS Alumna Anne Spicer, Health Operations Program Manager at Apple
Alumna Spotlight: Sarah Kendrick
Q&A with SPHIS Alumna Nikka Sorrells
Congratulations May 2022 Graduates
Alumni Testimonial: Arinjita Bhattacharyya reflects on time at SPHIS
Summer 2022 Graduates
December 2022 Graduates & Award Winners
SPHIS Community Advisory Board Spotlight: Chair Heidi Margulis


Advice to SPHIS Graduates

With graduation in the rear view mirror, we asked faculty and staff to offer advice to our recent graduates. 

Craig Blakely, PhD, MPH, Dean

"Remember, even if you are very happy in your place in life, you’ll never know when a door might open unless you pay attention . . . Please keep us informed of your movements. Participate in the alumni association and stay in touch with your colleagues and those of us still at SPHIS. Keep in mind that sometimes your greatest resource will be the growing alumni of the school. Therefore, it is best to remain engaged to ensure easy and regular access to this wonderful network of public health professionals."

Ryan Combs, PhD, MA, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences

“I recommend that you join a professional organization and identify a caucus in your area of interest. There are often cheaper rates for early career professionals. In my experience, caucuses are a great way to build relationships for collaboration and support. There can also be opportunities for leadership within them.”

Scott LaJoie, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences

“Read everything you can: newspapers, professional journals, social media of respected public health leaders, pamphlets produced by local organizations, health department reports, etc. Engage with the writers by asking questions and making positive comments via letter writing, phone calls, and social media posts.”

Tiffany Robinson, MPH, PMP, Program Manager, Center for Healthcare Organization Transformation

“Don’t be shy about developing and leveraging all relationships you have made as a student. Anyone you have studied or worked with could be a source of advice, a job referral, or networking opportunity that can be mutually beneficial. When people offer to help, they mean it!”

Tammi Thomas, Assistant Dean, Student Affairs

“Persistence is the key!”

Anne Wallis, PhD, MHS, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health

Monica Wendel, DrPH, MA, Associate Dean, Associate Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences

“Getting connected and staying connected requires intention. You have to take initiative to keep yourself informed. You have to show up. You have to pay attention. You have to follow up. Repeatedly.”

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