PHDA testimonial - Lily Zhou, Epidemiologist, Health Surveillance
How did you learn about the program and what motivated you to enroll?
I learned about the PHDA program through browsing on web and was motivated to get more training in population health data analysis while working full-time.
Tell us about your course experience. What skills did you develop and which courses provided the greatest benefit to you?
Although the course load was a bit heavy at times, I think I’ve learned a lot and developed hands-on experience in analyzing population health data using SAS and ArcGIS.
How have you been able to (or how do you plan to) apply your new skills in your work/research?
I have not yet had a chance to utilize all the knowledge and skills I’ve gained in my current work, but definitely have a better understanding of results that are analyzed using ArcGIS.
What do you think were the strengths of this program?
The strengths of this program include: good organization of coursework, exposure to variety of relevant topics, hands-on experience using several analytical software, excellent support and feedback by instructors, and a flexible schedule.
Would you recommend this program to others? If so, what recommendations/suggestions would you give those interested in applying to this program?
I would definitely recommend colleagues and others to take this program for further professional development.
Any additional comments you would like to add?
My program experience has been great and thank you for all the support I received from instructors and staff members in the PHDA program.