Epi/Bio hosts visiting scholar from Kenya
When presented with an opportunity to hone her data analysis skills and learn SPSS, Ms. Jacqueline Eileen Oduke knew exactly where she wanted to train—The University of South Florida College of Public Health.
For two months, the native of Kenya made Tampa and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics her home away from home.
Ms. Oduke holds a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from The Catholic University of Eastern Africa and is currently earning a master of arts in sociology from the University of Nairobi. In support of her graduate degree, she’s interning with the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), an international scientific research institute headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.
“The Centre focuses on improving the health of people, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, and is involved with research in human health, animal health, plant health and environmental health,” said Oduke.
“Research on the malaria disease is one of the key areas that the institute concerns itself with and, incidentally, malaria is also an area of focus for my master’s degree.”
A partnership between icipe and the USF College of Public Health made Ms. Oduke’s trip to the United States of America possible.
“I am happy to say that I have achieved my goal [learning data analysis and SPSS] through the assistance offered by the very able faculty, staff, and tutors in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.”
In addition to learning SPSS, Ms. Oduke explored Tampa Bay and discovered it’s a great place to play and study! She visited USF’s Botanical Gardens, the beaches in Clearwater, and Florida Aquarium. “These are all amazing sites that I strongly recommend for visitors who come to USF.”
Her coursework is complete. The field data is collected. And, on Sunday, August 4, Ms. Oduke departed for Nairobi to finish analyzing data and write her thesis. If all goes well, she graduates in December with a master of arts degree in sociology.
“I had a wonderful time at USF and would like to express my appreciation to Dr. Heather Stockwell, Jay Evans, Lorraine Szymanski, June Lake, Jane Lundh, Donna Rodandello, Sandra Miller, and Mary Johnson among others,” said Oduke.
“I appreciate their kindness and thank them all for making my visit to USF a memorable experience!”
The USF College of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics served as Ms. Oduke’s academic home during her stay in Tampa. The department offers more than 10 concentrations that lead to MPH, MSPH, and PhD degrees, as well several dual degrees, graduate certificates, and special programs. Most recently, the college launched an online master of public health degree in epidemiology.
Story by Natalie D. Preston, USF College of Public Health