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Health Sciences MS

Current Profile

Student Name: Jessica Hyde, BS, CHES

Program: Master's of Science in Health Sciences

Hometown: Diana, Texas

Undergraduate Institution: The University of Texas at Tyler

Graduation Year: 2014

Why did you choose to attend UT Tyler?

I chose to attend UT Tyler because it offers a university education that is close to home. This was convenient for me since I was already working at the time I began my upper-division undergraduate coursework. Since I was familiar with the program and the department faculty and had already gotten involved in research projects, I chose to continue my studies at UT Tyler after obtaining my Bachelor's degree.

What are your career goals and how does your graduate program support them?

Ultimately I would like to work as a health educator at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or even the World Health Organization (WHO). I also have an interest in epidemiology and emergency preparedness. I also plan to pursue a PhD in Public Health, for which my dream school is Johns Hopkins University.

The Health Sciences program at UT Tyler gives students the opportunity to build up a very broad knowledge base about public/population health so that our education serves as a launch pad for several career possibilities: health education, epidemiology, program planning, etc. Once we have the degree, we are ready for a wide range of job opportunities.

What do you like most about UT Tyler?

I love the small class sizes at UT Tyler. This allows for more individualized one-on-one attention from faculty mentors that bigger campuses cannot offer. Because of that attention, students are able to be actively involved in the current research projects as undergraduate and graduate students. The professors here are also very good at encouraging students to pursue their own ideas for research or community involvement. I have found that because I was able to work very closely with faculty in the department on their research, I had a better grasp of what to expect when I started my own research for my thesis project.

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