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Student Profiles

Disi Tian Disi Tian, M.S., PhD Student

What was your educational and relevant work experience prior to enrolling in the OIPRT program?

Before enrolling in the OIPRTP program, I received my BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Jilin University, China. My research interest was to improve transportation safety as well as prevent the drivers and occupants from fatal physical injuries.

What made you interested in the field of occupational injury prevention?

Injury prevention has always been my major interest back from my undergraduate days. After participating in several research projects, I came to realize that a variety of factors may affect injuries and that the mental injuries are as critical as the physical ones. Therefore, I was motivated to pursue a further in-depth understanding of occupational injury prevention, especially with an emphasis on transportation-associated injuries.

What made you choose the University of Minnesota?

The School of Public Health in University of Minnesota offers top research programs and advanced research facilities to graduate students for their professional careers. It's a great opportunity to be instructed by the world-class faculties and to experience the rigorous training here. Especially in the OIPRTP, the development of students has always been a priority and it's very pleasant and inspiring to work with people from different backgrounds.

What type of job would you like to find upon completion of the program?

After completing the program, my career goal is to find an academic research position where I can make full use of my experiences and specialties as an injury epidemiologist and a safety engineer.

What would you say to a student considering the program?

Join in the OIPRTP and you will love it! This program will provide you with comprehensive perspectives of occupational injury prevention as well as exposure to different interesting topics in environmental health. Students are able to explore their research interests with full support from the faculty and there are plenty of research resources/facilities for you to invest in!

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Deirdre Green Deirdre Renee Green, M.S., PhD Student

What was your educational and relevant work experience prior to enrolling in the OIPRT program?

Before joining the OIPRT program, I received my B.S. in Industrial Technology (Occupational Safety) from Iowa State University and my M.S. in Occupational and Environmental Health (Industrial Hygiene) from the University of Iowa.

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What made you interested in the field of occupational injury prevention?

My background in industrial hygiene and occupational safety is where my interest in the health and protection of workers developed. I had the opportunity to take an injury epidemiology course where I learned to apply and critically review epidemiologic methods in injury research which really sparked my interest in continuing in the injury prevention field. My academic experiences have inspired me to further pursue a degree in injury prevention, with a specific interest in occupational settings.

What made you choose the University of Minnesota?

I chose the University of Minnesota for many reasons. The School of Public Health is among the top ranked schools in the nation and is one of the few schools that offer training in injury prevention with an emphasis in occupational injuries. The instructors and advisors within the SPH and the OIPRTP program are all highly respected in their fields and have excellent reputations for their research, advisement, and dedication to student learning.

What type of job would you like to find upon completion of the program?

After completing the program, my goal is to serve in an academic or government research position as an injury epidemiologist while conducting injury prevention research and developing effective communication and education methods and eventually serving as a mentor to future researchers. I hope to be involved in both research and community outreach.

What would you say to a student considering the program?

I highly recommend the program. The SPH and the OIPRTP program have supportive faculty and allow students to customize their degree through coursework and research. Although I am new to the program, I am impressed with the campus, university, program and fellow students and couldn't have made a better decision.

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Adam Schwartz Adam Schwartz, PhD Student

What was your educational and relevant work experience prior to enrolling in the OIPRT program?

My experience has included 2.5 years in the Israeli Defense Forces, as a combat engineer and researching intelligence, motivation, and safety. Subsequently, I worked for seven months in Risk Management for the City of Minneapolis studying transportation safety.

What made you interested in the field of occupational injury prevention?

I originally enrolled to study human factors and ergonomics at the University of Minnesota. One of my friends who is an industrial hygienist informed me of the world of environmental health sciences in public health and how it related to my interest in safety research which I have studied previously in human factors and industrial organizational psychology.

What made you choose the University of Minnesota?

The high quality education offered at UMN and the livability, including bikability, of the Twin Cities.

What type of job would you like to find upon completion of the program?

I would like to find a job where I can give back to my country. Living and traveling abroad made me realize what a wonderful place the United States is. Ideally, I would be an academic researching occupational injury in collaboration with the government.

What would you say to a student considering the program?

There is a great department full of interesting research projects and fun people here for you!

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nordgrenNavneet Baidwan, MPH Candidate, PhD Student

What was your educational and relevant work experience prior to enrolling in the OIPRTP program?

Before enrolling in the OIPRT in spring 2014, I enrolled in the MPH (Masters of Public Health) program in the Environmental Health Sciences track at the University of Minnesota (UMN) in fall 2012. During my MPH, I began taking courses in injury prevention. I then completed a field experience with the Minnesota Department of Health(MDH) in the "Injury and Violence Prevention Unit" and, simultaneously, worked on my master's project, "Minnesota hospital treated injuries: trends with changing economic times (2002-2012)" as part of my field experience. Before joining the UMN, I completed my Bachelors in Nursing degree from India.

What made you interested in the field of occupational injury prevention?

I became interested in injury prevention during my bachelor's degree program when I learned about injury prevention and patient safety in hospitals. I started pursuing my interest in injury prevention by taking courses in the field during my MPH. My interest in the field increased as I started learning more and more about injuries, factors responsible, costs involved, and strategies to prevent or control the same. This was when I decided to apply for a PhD in the OIPRT program.

What made you choose the University of Minnesota?

I had always yearned for a research-oriented career and when I realized how comprehensive the University of Minnesota was with respect to the research programs, I decided to apply. What specifically caught my attention was a world class faculty and diverse injury prevention programs being offered that seemed to streamline my career goal. Today, I am really glad that I made the decision to join the UMN!

What type of job would you like to find upon completion of the program?

Upon completion of my PhD in the OIPRT program, I look forward to a research-oriented career.

What would you say to a student considering the program?

This is a program where creativity of the students is highly encouraged. The interests of the student in a particular topic are given importance and supported by the faculty.

 

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