2nd Year MPH: Sydney Brady

2nd Year MPH: Sydney Brady

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For this week’s #IamEmoryEpi spotlight, we met up with Sydney Brady!

Tell us a little bit about your academic history:

I completed my Bachelor of Science in Microbiology at Clemson University in 2017 (go tigers!)

What are your primary research interests?

My primary research interests are in infectious disease epidemiology, as well as methodology studies within epidemiology.

What are you looking forward to as we approach the end of Spring Semester?

Graduation!!

Are there any exciting projects or experiences you are involved in right now?

I currently serve as an intern for the Georgia Department of Public Health on their foodborne disease surveillance team. I help to collect data on reports of common foodborne diseases in the state of Georgia, such as Salmonella, E. coli and Campylobacter. Working at the state level has been an amazing opportunity to combine classroom knowledge with real-life epidemiology experience..

What is your favorite part about earning your MPH at Rollins?

I enjoy learning from my peers who come from different backgrounds and cultures all over the world. With Atlanta being a major public health hub, it has been a really awesome experience being able to work with people who bring different points of view to the table in order to address current public health topics and issues.

What advice do you have for 1st year MPH students?

My advice would be to take a class outside of your comfort zone or interests. Although two years in the MPH program seems like a long time, it goes by quick! It’s a rewarding experience to learn and develop new skillsets in a topic that you were previously unfamiliar with.

My other piece of advice would be to not forget to spend time on self-care! Find something you enjoy doing outside of the classroom that can help you to refocus and recharge.

What books are you currently reading, or what podcasts are you currently listening to?

My favorite author is Stephen King, and I am currently reading Salem’s Lot. I also enjoy listening to the Sword and Scale podcast (I am a true crime junkie).

What are three fun facts that you want people to know about you?

  1. My favorite place to vacation to is the beach.
  2. I’m a self proclaimed crazy cat lady.
  3. I have attended over 10 Kenny Chesney concerts (and counting).


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