Public health graduate student Gabrielle Moore has a lot to be thankful for.
A few days before Thanksgiving, she was offered a part-time position as a biological scientist with the Florida Department of Health. The offer stemmed from her successful field experience with the Bureau of Public Health Laboratories in Tampa. Under the mentorship of Ms. Lea Heberlein-Larson, MPH, virology supervisor, Moore witnessed how public health labs contribute to epidemiological surveillance, researched viruses common to Florida, and gained laboratory experience. Her position begins in January.
Originally from Virginia, Moore, possesses a bachelor of science degree in biology with a minor in chemistry. In 2011, her academic endeavors were rewarded with a health professions scholarship from the US Air Force. The program covers tuition, provides a stipend, and guarantees employment. Already commissioned as a 2d Lt., upon graduation Moore will serve her country as a Public Health Officer in the US Air Force.
Moore’s interests in public health are many. They include: infectious disease epidemiology, infection control, military epidemiology and disease surveillance, vaccination and immunization programming, and nutrition to name a few.
Her ultimate job is to become a field epidemiologist for the CDC or the US Department of Health and Human Services. Until then, she’s eager to hone her public health skills with the FL Department of Health and US Air Force.
Gaby Moore is pursuing a master of public health degree in epidemiology from the University of South Florida College of Public Health.