Graduate Studies and Careers in Public Health and Health Services, Promoted by MARTI-CBH and IUP Public Health Program

Posted on 11/29/2018 12:30:01 PM

Victor Garcia and Diane Shinberg, respectively directors of MARTI-CBH and the Public Health Program, invited Vanessa Torres, MPH, to present her dissertation research to the jointly convened PUBL 122 (Fundamentals of Public Health) and SOC 335 (Alcohol and Drug Abuse) classes on November 12, 2018.

In the evening, she also gave a workshop on graduate studies and careers in public health and health services. The following day, Torres met with a dozen students over lunch to continue the workshop discussion, and, later in the day, she met individually with students to talk about strategies in applying to graduate school in related programs.

Torres earned her BA in Environmental Economics and Policy and Spanish Literature at UC Berkeley in 2009 and her MPH in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science from California State University, San Diego, in 2014. She is currently ABD in the PhD Program in Health Services at the University of Washington, Seattle, where she is pursuing the Health Behavior and Social Determinants of Health concentration. The title of her dissertation is “Assessing alcohol-related consequences, participant satisfaction, and engagement strategies in the Vida PURA study of unhealthy alcohol use among Latino day laborers.”

Torres’s visit to IUP was sponsored by the MARTI-CBH, the Public Health Program, the Department of Sociology, and the Office of Vice President for Enrollment Management.