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Kim's MPH Degree allowed her to

As the Chief of Staff for the State Surgeon General of the Florida Department of Health (DOH), I oversee the Offices of Communications, Legislative Planning, and Performance & Quality Improvement, as well as monitor the day-to-day operations of DOH statewide.

I graduated cum laude from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in health education, a Master’s degree in adult education with a certificate in gerontology, and a Master’s degree in Public Health. I currently serve on the Board of Directors of the National Public Health Foundation, the Big Bend Early Learning Coalition, as well as the Board of Apalachee Services. I serve on the FSU Masters of Public Health Advisory Council and the Senior Deputies Committee for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

Working on my MPH at FSU was the highlight of my educational career. Having already worked in the field for many years, it gave me the opportunity to share Public Health practice experience with the future Public Health workforce, while learning the theory of Public Health policy. The FSU Master’s in Public Health program allowed me to establish long lasting relationships that have further inspired my passion for a career in public health. When my 25 year old son, Luke, informed me that he, too, would get his MPH at FSU, I was pleased to know that the tradition of encouraging behavioral changes that improve health outcomes would continue.