Dual concentration benefits Stephanie Briguglio and The Corps

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“What interests me most about public health is the vast impact public health has on populations,” explains USF alumna Stephanie Briguglio, MPH, CPH.  “ … And how these populations don’t necessarily realize what public health is until it’s NOT working!”

Stephanie Briguglio

A native of North Potomac, Maryland, Ms. Briguglio graduated from the College of Public Health in August of 2011. She earned her undergraduate degree in community health from the University of Maryland.

As a student at USF, Briguglio was an actively engaged in the Global Health and Public Health Student Associations. During the summer of 2011, she embarked upon a two-month international field experience in Bangalore, India. Via this practice opportunity, she collaborated with community medicine physicians at St. John’s Medical College who held periodic clinics with different themes, such as a maternal health, geriatrics, cataract eye surgery, pediatrics, and urban health.

“I enjoyed the COPH’s course offerings and thought they had unique programs that fit some very interesting niches, such as disaster management,” Briguglio said.

She admits that, “As one of the first dual concentration students in epidemiology and global health, I witnessed a few kinks being worked out in the program and learned to balance different advice from two different faculty advisors in two different departments.”

Despite the challenges of a dual concentration, in hindsight, she wouldn’t change a thing. “Earning an MPH in epidemiology and global health practice was a good combination of the two concentrations.  Epidemiology gives me tools I can use in any public health job, while global health makes me marketable and able to work abroad.”

Currently, Briguglio is a statistician/data manager for the US Food and Drug Administration in Washington, DC and an officer in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. In her short career, The Corps has allowed her to proudly serve her country, as well as open doors for a plethora of professional and research opportunities.

During her international field experience, she contributed to two manuscripts on chronic disease studies.

  • Fathima, F.N., Agrawal, Twinkle, Nandish B., Ratnaprabha, Sebastian, R., Sharma, A., Briguglio, S. Alcohol Consumption, Harmful Use and Dependence among Adult Males in a Village. Nat. J. Res. Com. Med. (India), 1(2), 2012.
  • Fathima, F.N., Shanbhag, D.N., Hegde, S.K.B., Sebastian, B., Briguglio, S. Cross sectional study of adherence to prescribed medications among individuals registered at a high risk clinic in a rural area in Bangalore, India.  Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development. Jul-Sep 2013,4(3):90-5.

Briguglio recalls professors often commented on how small the world of public health is and that as professionals, you will find yourself interacting with the same individuals over the course of your career.  That statement came true earlier this year when she ran into Wayne Westhoff, PhD, associate professor of global health, at the Commissioned Officers Association Scientific Training Symposium in Glendale, AZ.

Speaking of running, Briguglio is a competitive runner. Her favorite race distance is the half marathon (13.1 miles). She’s run 16 of them thus far, plus more than 50 races of varying distance, including two full marathons. Her other interests include cooking, travel, and keeping up with her two cats.

Story by Infiniti Mincey, USF College of Public Health. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Briguglio