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Recent MPH graduate tells his story

By Gerri Lyman

During Tristan Watson's undergraduate studies, he learned that he liked research, but specifically, he liked applied research which allowed him to make sense of complicated data and to use it to solve relevant public health issues.

Tristan applied to the Master of Public Health program at Queen's because it has a strong reputation for Epidemiology and Quantitative research methods. Throughout his 16 months in the MPH program, he found all of the faculty to be knowledgeable, supportive and available, even outside office hours. Tristan especially enjoyed the Epidemiology and the Biostatistics courses, which he found challenging. He noted that learning and using the SAS statistical analysis software, which is a requirement of the Biostatistics  courses, will be helpful if he applies for public health jobs within the Government.

Tristan completed his practicum placement at Public Health Ontario (PHO) in Toronto. During his 16 weeks there, he was the lead analyst on the first phase of the implementation and outcome evaluation of the Guidelines for Testing and Treatment of Gonorrhea in Ontario. The high-quality research and the collegial environment at PHO made a very positive impression on Tristan, and it gave him a better understanding of how Public Health works in practice.

Tristan completed the MPH program December 2015. He hopes eventually to work as an Epidemiologist. Currently Tristan is working as an Analyst in the Primary Health Care Department at the Canadian Institute for Health Information in Toronto.