#WeAreEmoryEPI: Meet Dontray Crump

#WeAreEmoryEPI: Meet Dontray Crump

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Meet Dontray Crump! Dontray is a first-year epidemiology MPH candidate. He is interested in how individual- and neighborhood-level social and economic factors contribute to health disparities and health outcomes. He is also interested in how the community/environment affects minority economic stability, education, and health. In this feature, we’ll learn more about Dontray, his upcoming summer project, and advice for those interested in public health! Read more below.



Tell us a little bit about your academic history/where you went to school.

I attended the University of Houston. I received my Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a minor in mathematics. I am interested in seeing how data can be applied in various fields that can help people.


Are there any exciting projects that you are currently working on that you’d like to share with us?

I will be working at the National Institutes of Health this summer. I will be working with a research group where I will be able to learn about how data science skills are used in the biomedical research enterprise.

When applying, what were you looking for in a public health school, and what factors drove you towards Rollins?

When I was applying to graduate programs, I was looking for diversity within the school and the community.

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

My favorite part is the collaboration and sharing similar interests with my colleagues.


What advice do you have for people who may be interested in getting their MPH?

Showcase authenticity in your personal statement. It is okay if you do not know what your public health interests are prior to getting your MPH.


How have you been spending your free time?

I spend my free time by doing various volunteering activities, watching television shows, and hanging with close friends.


If you currently live in Atlanta, what is one place that you would recommend people to visit?

I would recommend High Museum of Art.


What are three fun facts that you want people to know about you?
  1. I taught high school math.
  2. My favorite type of food are wings.
  3. I like to try different foods.



It was great getting to know you, Dontray! Stay tuned every Monday for another feature of #WeAreEmoryEPI.

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