Alumna Brittany Marshall named to the 40 Under 40 in Public Health list

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“What interests me the most about public health is the population level approach that the field takes to solve health issues,” Dr. Brittany Marshall said. “The work we do in public health has the potential to impact so many lives at the same time.”

USF College of Public Health alumna Dr. Brittany Marshall was selected as a recipient of de Beaumont Foundation’s first 40 Under 40 in Public Health list on May 15. The de Beaumont Foundation created 40 Under 40 in Public Health to recognize leaders whose creativity and innovation are strengthening communities across the country.

Alumna Dr. Brittany Marshall (Photo courtesy of de Beaumont Foundation)

Marshall said she was introduced to public health by accident as an undergraduate of the University of Florida.

“I picked up a book about public health and skimmed through it while waiting to meet with my academic advisor,” she said. “I was a pre-pharmacy major at the time and had never heard of public health, but it just clicked. I ended up changing my major to health education and haven’t looked back.”

After earning her BS, Marshall joined the USF COPH and earned her MPH in global health practice. She then attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center earning her DrPH in public health practice.

Marshall chose the COPH for her MPH degree because it offered her the opportunity to study global health and epidemiology concurrently and was renowned in the state of Florida for producing public health leaders.

She said that during her time in the COPH, she was most proud of becoming the Student Assembly Chair of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and serving on the APHA Executive Board.

“It was amazing to represent USF COPH in such a visible role within the professional association of our field,” she said.

Marshall is currently leading a landscape analysis to assess the capacity of state and local health departments to implement climate and health programs for the CDC Foundation in Atlanta.

“I was attracted to this position because I wanted to challenge myself and step outside of my comfort zone. I didn’t know anything about climate change and health prior to the role and I am learning a lot about the field,” she said. “I love that I am able to lead an evaluation project from start to finish. It really allows me to be creative.”

One of Marshall’s proudest professional achievement to date is being recognized as a 40 Under 40 recipient.

“It’s very exciting to be recognized for doing work that I loved,” she said. “I sent it to my parents and they both expressed how proud of me they were, which it always great to hear from people that sacrificed for you to get to where you are.”

Candidates for the 40 Under 40 list were selected based on their contributions, leadership, collaborations, commitment, and creative problem solving to their organization, community and the public health field.

As a recipient, Marshall will receive national recognition through earned media, public health associations and social media. She has an invitation to an exclusive, all-expenses-paid leadership summit with other young professionals and public health pioneers. She also has online networking opportunities with fellow recipients, as well as opportunities to contribute to and help shape philanthropic initiatives in public health.

In the future, Marshall wants to continue her career in governmental public health as an evaluator and would love to someday be the chief evaluation officer for the CDC.

Fast Five for COPH alumni:

What did you dream of becoming when you were young?

An astronaut

Where would we find you on the weekend?

At a food and wine festival

What is the last book you read?

Becoming” by Michelle Obama

What superpower would you like to have?

Mind reading

What’s your all-time favorite movie?


Story by Caitlin Keough, USF College of Public Health