MPH in Epidemiology Alumni Profiles

Public Health - Epidemiology Alumni Career Profiles

Trying to choose the best career path may be difficult when you have not had real experience in the public health field. There are countless opportunities and paths to pursue, which is why we strive to equip our students with the tools and support they need to choose the public health career best for them.

Our Master in Public Health in Epidemiology alumni working in the field were once prospective students too. Many of them have agreed to share their success stories in hopes of helping you discover a career path you will love. 

Julie Beyrer, MPH'13

Senior Research Advisor, Eli Lilly and Company

There was a time when Julie felt a plateau in her career and decided it was time to go back to school to learn new skills. She chose a program based on her interests and encounters with others that aligned with her interests. 

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Shirley Payne, MPH'11

Assistant Commissioner of the Public Health Protection Commission, Indiana Department of Health

In her new role, Dr. Payne oversees the Food Protection, Environmental Public Health, Immunization, Lead and Healthy Homes, Emergency Preparedness, and Vital Records Divisions. She is excited about this role, as it allows her to use her skills and expertise in new ways.

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Greg Budney, MPH'11

Epidemiologist and Project Manager, Denver Public Health

When Greg Budney, MPH’11 completed his capstone course during his undergraduate program at Butler University in public relations, he began to think he might have chosen the wrong career path.

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Nicole Stone, MPH'16

Indiana Department of Health

Nicole Stone played an integral role in establishing contact tracing for Indiana and continues to make an impact on the state’s COVID-19 response.

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Andrea Radford, MPH'10

COVID Investigator

In June 2020, Andrea Radford, MPH’10, learned about a contract epidemiology position in Florida. As a public health professional who was actively following social distancing protocols, she decided to use her vacation time to serve as the Cancer Control Strategic Partnerships Manager at the American Cancer Society. After speaking it over with her husband, she submitted her resume and was selected by the agency to serve as a contact tracer in Florida.

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