Recent MPH Graduate Thrives in a Prestigious CDC Fellowship

Published: November 1st, 2012

Category: Student News

Quinn Lundquist, a recent MPH graduate from the Social and Behavioral Sciences track, recently packed up and relocated to Atlanta, Georgia so that he could thrive in a one-year prestigious fellowship position he was awarded with the Association of Schools of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Mr. Lundquist works in the Scientific Education and Professional Development Program Office to help promote the value of CDC’s training and service programs. Specifically, his duties consist of responding to information requests from CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services executive leadership, assembling and editing policy reports, developing fact sheets, working with the web-team to update online content, and providing direct support to the Associate Director for Policy and Associate Director for Program and Communication. In addition, he serves as a liaison across CDC and with external public health organizations to support enhancement of the public health workforce.

Mr. Lundquist indicated that he was interested in the fellowship because he “wanted to see how public health practice operates on a large scale.” He also saw the position as an opportunity to not only apply skills he acquired during his MPH, but also to learn skills pertaining to the intersection of policy and health, for example.

After working in his position for a little over one month, Mr. Lundquist commented, “I am still navigating the learning curve everyone experiences when starting a new job, especially with little government experience. My favorite part so far has been being able to participate in and attend presentations, live and web-based trainings, webinars, and speakers from subject matter experts across CDC.”

According to Mr. Lundquist, UF’s MPH Program, Social and Behavioral Sciences track, provided a well-rounded public health education. “Issues of equity, community participation, prevention, and behavior change are at the heart of applied public health, and are issues I would not have learned much about had I chosen a different track,” commented Mr. Lundquist.