Deidre A. Okeke (MPH ’17)

The school’s commitment to providing its students with workshops and lectures can be the catalyst for them as they enter the job market
Stempel College’s graduate program appealed to Deidre for many reasons. In short, she appreciated having two application cycles and a straightforward application process. However, what compelled her the most was the school’s Health Promotion and Disease Prevention concentration.

After graduating from George Washington University, she was looking for a MPH program that would prepare her for a holistic approach to medicine—meaning not only treating diseases, but understanding the why caused by extrinsic factors—before applying to medical school and eventually becoming a well-rounded physician. Stempel College prepped her for her career aspirations and opened doors to the workforce.

Through program-specific requirements like practicum, she says she gained important professional development training in resume writing and personal branding techniques. The school’s commitment to providing its students with workshops and lectures can be the catalyst for them as they enter the job market. She says she’s a prime example: She met her current boss while participating in a program she knew about because of Stempel College. Today, Deidre is happily working on Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department’s obesity prevention programming for youth (ages 6-15). She’s also studying for the MCAT and applying to FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.