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Ami's MPH Degree allowed her to

I’m currently a Pathology resident at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and will serve as a Forensic Pathology fellow for the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences in Houston in 2015. A typical day on the job for me can include teaching medical students, processing surgical specimens, or performing autopsies. I love what I do, and I wouldn’t be where I am without my Master’s degree in Public Health from Florida State University.

I received my undergraduate degree in mathematics but always wanted to work in healthcare. In an attempt to change my career path, I decided to pursue an MPH, which was more rewarding than I could have possibly imagined. The program at Florida State was challenging but attainable, even for someone without prior healthcare experience. After graduation, I attended medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and decided to specialize in forensic medicine.

A Medical Examiner truly is a public health representative. New trends in disease epidemiology, drug addiction, and risk-taking behaviors are often first observed in the Medical Examiner’s office. Along with determining cause and manner of death, a pathologist’s job is to educate juries, families, and the community about possible health hazards. The presentation and data analysis skills I learned at Florida State will be invaluable during the course of my career.