Individual attention. Global impact.
“Internships open pathways to pursue other opportunities, and I help students find internships that meet their goals.”
Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, DrPH
Associate Professor and Director of Public Health
Exposure to Multiple Disciplines
Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, DrPH, works to create a learning environment that is customized to each of her students. She said, “the program is multidisciplinary. Whether their interest is in health policy, nutrition, environmental health, epidemiology, or other areas, the program is designed to expose students to a diverse public health curriculum.”
Internships that Meet Specific Goals
This kind of personalized approach encourages the pursuit of individual goals, and Patel-Dovlatabadi strives to open every door she can for her students. “Internships open pathways to pursue other opportunities, and I help students find internships that meet their goals,” she said.
Although this is a fairly new program, first developed in 2011, she has established a strong network of internship opportunities, and many students have interned in their preferred discipline of public health already.
“Students are transformed through the internship experiences, which ensure they have the ability and tools to succeed after graduation,” said Patel-Dovlatabadi. “One student worked at the department of emergency preparedness at a local health department and indicated he ‘has all the necessary job skills to succeed with this future career thanks to UE.’”
Student Leadership Opportunities
Another of Patel-Dovlatabadi’s students, Eric Stoessel, was selected to be part of a very prestigious CDC-funded internship called the Future Public Health Leaders Program and gained hands-on, practical experience in the field of environmental health for three months.
Students are also actively invited to participate in research projects with Patel-Dovlatabadi. Last year, she worked with two students on a systematic review related to the built environmental effects on obesity in youth.
Experienced Faculty Who are Active in their Research
Patel-Dovlatabadi has also become a go-to resource for local media on rising health issues. She has appeared on several programs to discuss topics ranging from air quality to Ebola. Her expertise makes for a rich educational environment where students are able to learn directly from a leader in the field of public health.