Practicums Take CPH Students Near and Far
Hayley Peoples, a student in the online MPH program, is Project Coordinator III in the Medical Ethics & Health Policy Center at Baylor Medical Center. There, she is project coordinator for BabySeq, a first-of-its-kind randomized clinical trial designed to examine how best to use genomics in clinical pediatric medicine by creating and safely testing methods for integrating sequencing into the care of newborns. Her interest in clinical ethics and the work of other groups in the Medical Ethics & Health Policy Center provided the perfect springboard to her practicum project, “Assessing Clinician's Approach to End of Life Family Meetings.” She plans to identify clinician themes from interview transcripts, analyze decision-making processes, and identify positive and negative components of family meetings with the intention of suggesting ways to improve these often difficult meetings.
Hayley also is applying to medical school and hopes to be a surgeon. She explains, “I chose public health as an area of study because I wanted to advance my health management skills and learn how to create innovative ways to improve our health care system during my career. I hope to be involved in helping underserved communities, making public health improvements, working in hospital management, and contributing to the advancement of surgery. The College of Public Health program structure has allowed me to work fulltime while pursuing this degree. This program has taught me a lot, and I am very grateful for it.” Hayley received the $500 Student Success Award from the MPH online program for her variety of innovative and cutting-edge projects.