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Two classes at a time suits Gregory Peters just fine

| Academic & Student Affairs, Monday Letter, Our Alumni, Undergraduate

Gregory Peters is not the typical undergraduate.

A supervisor of non-invasive cardiology, he oversees a hospital department that facilitates stress tests, echocardiograms, and electrocardiograms (EKG’s). As if that’s not enough, he also joins USF cardiovascular services and H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in administering echocardiograms when needed.

“Keeping people healthy is what we do, so I thought it would be interesting to earn a degree [in public health] that does the same!,” Peters said.

He began the program in 2010. Since then, he completed two classes per semester towards his degree.

Why just two classes? Because that is what his employer of 12 years Tampa General pays for.

 

(l,r) Darrell Beard, Patsy Grunden, Gregory Peters, and Stephen Sherman

Gregory Peters (second from right) celebrates graduation with Darrell Beard, his mom, Patsy Grunden, and, partner, Stephen Sherman

Although a formal internship is not a requirement for public health undergraduates, many of them embrace opportunities to gain experience and network in the field. For Greg, this meant participating in the college’s Learning Experience through Academic Partnerships (LEAP) Program, an academic collaboration that pairs students with professional mentors in the work place. Field sites include Hillsborough County Public Schools, Hillsborough County Health Department, and Florida Hospital Tampa, where Greg honed his skills in the Office of Risk Management.

“Sometimes in your career you reach a plateau,” Peters said. “You can remain where you are and be complacent or seek other opportunities.”

He prefers the latter.

Greg totally loves working at TGH, but is eying a future in hospital administration. If there is such a thing as a dream job, that’s it for him.

The hospital VP holds an MHA and his direct supervisor is currently enrolled in an online program. Greg likes their career path and hopes that earning his MHA will lead to similar professional outcomes.

“It’s not about the money. It’s about seeing things happen and wanting to impact change in a positive way.”

Story and photo by Natalie D. Preston, USF College of Public Health.

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