Graduates’ Impact on Health Care

We are proud of our alumni. Below are a few of the most vivid descriptions of the impact they are having on health care:

See an overview of recent graduates' career paths.

Please share an episode from your work that demonstrates ways that your TDI education has allowed you to impact health or health care.

Age 20-30
My job involves management of health projects including making decisions on what works and needs to be continued and what can safely be abandoned to allow for savings. I regularly use skills learned at TDI to rigorously assess effectiveness of health interventions accounting for potential confounders that may mislead my interpretation.
              -MPH, Nonprofit employment sector, in current job <1 year

I thought TDI was unique in its strong focus on ACO, health care reform, quality improvement, financial knowledge, and statistical analysis/evidence-based research. I found that most of my other co-workers at my job who had MPH's did not understand or often times hadn't even heard of "ACO" or "quality improvement" in their programs (because their programs had other concentrations). For my job, I was able to use that knowledge to my advantage and take on larger projects in which I was able to work with leadership/CEO on certain projects because ACO transformation (and issues in health care i.e. variations in practice, demand for PCPs) is a growing topic in health care systems.
             -MPH, Nonprofit employment sector, in current job 1-2 years

TDI has prepared me to excel at one of the largest commercial and Medicare ACO's in the country. My understanding of managed care risk contracting, population health management, core concepts of shared decision-making, and application of the triple aim of health care has provided to me by my studies at TDI have allowed me to advance my career faster and more meaningfully than I could have imagined.
             -MPH, Nonprofit employment sector, in current job 2-3 years

My PI [Principal Investigator] had decided to submit a grant to PCORI for review.  As he was not sure what the foundation was looking for, I became an integral part of changing the grant to emphasize patient centered outcomes research. This would not have been possible without my education at TDI.
             -MPH, Academic employment sector, in current job 1-2 years

I am currently working on a project at …[a hospital] that is based off of Dr. Brenner's Hotspotting model. The program aims to reduce the rate of visits to the ED for the highest utilizers by setting them up with a "medical home". Exactly what we read about in class. I am very excited to be performing the analysis and asking the questions to see if the program is working.
              -MPH, Academic employment sector, in current job <1 year

I work on a national program evaluation, so I utilize many of the TDI technical skills (data cleaning and management).…The team work at TDI was important to my job. I am constantly working as part of a team and usually multiple teams at once.  I also am one of the most knowledgeable in my office on health reform and financing and have been asked to present to colleagues in this area, to help find business development opportunities, which was a very cool opportunity to show off my skills from TDI.
             -MPH, For profit employment sector, in current job <1 year

TDI has given me a knowledge background that allows me to contribute unique perspectives and information to class discussions with my medical school peers. This information is new to many of my classmates.
             -MPH, Student, in current job <1 year

I am currently in medical school and Public Health, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Ethics, and Business of Medicine are now nationally mandatory classes tested on Step 1. I'm the only person in my class of 176 that has ever taken any classes related to those topics other than biostats and epidemiology. I also am better prepared to interact with not only patients, but also the physicians that teach us because I have already had experience in these situations. I also developed teamwork and leadership skills that have helped me become a leader in my class and very involved in my current school.
              -MPH, Student, in current job 1-2 years, age 20-30


Age 31-40
I was able to obtain funding (almost right away) for grant work to improve care transitions and I know this was due to the skills I built at TDI.
             -MPH, Academic employment sector, in current job 2-3 years

My TDI background undoubtedly contributed to me being adequately prepared to take on the role of hospital epidemiologist my first year out of training. Not a day goes by that I do not use the skills I learned at TDI.
              -MPH, Academic employment sector, in current job <1 year

Using a process map to outline a clinical process when discussing reform.
              -MPH, Academic employment sector, in current job <1 year


Age 41-50
I have a solid understanding of a variety of clinical and non-clinical aspects of healthcare, health and policy, giving me a unique perspective within my office that enables me to help people approach problems from a different angle to find creative solutions.
             -MPH, Academic employment sector, in current job <1 year

I have used my STATA skills to assist a hospital group to select a patient population that would most benefit from health coaching.  I have used the analytical and reporting skills that I acquired at TDI to create a dashboard report for a hospital department to monitor and improve their performance.
             -MS, Non-profit employment sector, in current job <1 year

I am examining readmissions in my specific patient populations with an end goal of reducing the rate.
             -MS, Academic employment sector, in current job >3 years


Age >50
I have been able to inform the government organization I work with about what data to collect, how to collect it, how to report it, etc., for specified capacity measurements.  Also, I understand how to use an intervention for public health policy development effectively.
              -MPH, Government employment sector, in current job 1-2 years

When our staff begins a quality improvement project they almost always want to make the change throughout the section. I am always reminding them to start small; work with one MD to initiate the change with a few patients and assess how it worked, if good do it with more patients for a longer time.  Look at the data from this small effort, make needed tweaks, then expand the change.
             -MS, Non-profit employment sector, in current job >3 years

I was able to work with the data warehouse to develop a method for identifying a target population for a large research project using multiple data sources. 
             -MS, Academic employment sector, in current job >3 years

By improving the quality of research I do and publications/dissemination. The systematic review course really helped me better understand the process for doing systematic reviews, what to look for, which I use often to examine the literature related to topics I am working on and either build on that knowledge with the research/findings I produce or to explore different angles.
             -MPH, Academic employment sector, in current job >3 years

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