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 Public Health Alumni 



Renee (Gilson) Bateman, MPH, CHES
Health Promotions Coordinator
Student Health Center
Slippery Rock University

"I am prepared to understand the wellness needs of SRU students and implement wellness programming to meet those needs. The degree I received at SRU prepared me for my current position as the Coordinator of Health Promotion at SRU. The Public Health program at SRU taught me how to analyze data, provided me the tools to promote a healthy lifestyle, and taught me how work effectively with those in my community and workplace."


Nicole Ballish
DPT Student at SRU

"I am currently enrolled in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at SRU.  As a Public Health major I was worried that I would be unprepared for the rigors of physical therapy school or even graduate school in general.  I’m happy to say I was prepared!  I am able to use my physical therapy education to rehabilitate my patients, but I am also able to incorporate my public health background to promote a healthy lifestyle and the importance of prevention."

Vanessa A. Johnson.
Fitness Coordinator
The Village at Penn State University

"I am prepared. I am the Fitness Coordinator at the Village at Penn State University, State College. Choosing Public Health gave me the fundamentals of health and wellness promotion needed to succeed in my career."


Robert Powell, MS, ACSM-CES 
Diabetes Educator
UPMC Physician Services Division

"I am prepared… help individuals take control of their chronic disease through evidence based health education and behavior change strategies. I work in research, with the University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Institute, to help manage and prevent diabetes across the lifespan. The Public Health program at Slippery Rock University paved the way to my graduate school success and a rewarding career." 


Bill Storm, MPH
Syndromic Surveillance Epidemiologist
Situational Monitoring & Event Detection Program
Bureau of Infectious Diseases
Ohio Department of Health

"I am prepared to help protect and promote the health of all Ohioans. As an epidemiologist for the state health department in Ohio,  I am tasked daily with analyzing large datasets, performing infectious disease investigations, and writing situational awareness reports that may impact decision-making, public health messaging, and aid in resource allocation and health policy formulation. The education I received at The Rock (Slippery Rock University) gave me the foundation to become a leader in public health."


 Lynn Sylvester, CHES
Your Health First Team Lead
Six Sigma Yellow Belt
CIGNA Health Management

"Slippery Rock prepared me in many ways. My first job was acquired through the internship program that introduced me to many different segments of public health. In my current position I am a telephonic health coach and team lead. I use all the skills I learned at SRU in my current position. I am constantly teaching my current colleagues about the studies and programs that make affect the lay person. I also assist our leadership team with gathering data about different populations and the progress of our program. Slippery Rock's Community Health program has given me the skills and tools to work with people one on one and to analyze data."







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