cophp alumni

The UW Master of Public Health in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice program equips its students with the skills and competencies to be successful in the field of public health.

Strong Career Outlook for COPHP Grads

Our alumni have gone on to a variety of notable jobs in communities across the United States and around the world. All are working in public health, and more than half are employed in community agencies, nonprofits and government agencies. Below is just a sampling of the professional positions held by COPHP alumni.

  • Consultant, Spectrum Research, Inc. (Seattle, WA )
  • Development Manager, Economic Opportunity Institute (Seattle, WA)
  • Director, Africa Operations, Scope Project, University of Washington (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
  • Health Equity Coordinator, Division of Public Health, State of Alaska (Anchorage, AK)
  • Program Manager, Malaria Elimination Initiative, University of California, San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
  • Public Information Officer, Public Health Seattle & King County (Bainbridge Island, WA)
  • Research Coordinator, Partnerships for Native Health, Washington State University (Seattle, WA)
  • Syndromic Surveillance Outreach Coordinator and Legislative Lead, Washington State Department of Health (Seattle, WA)
  • Youth Clinic Manager, Neighborcare Health (Seattle, WA)

COPHP trained me to think big picture, starting with the end in mind, while identifying potential unintended consequences. The commitment to service means committing to the stubborn pursuit of what actually makes people and their communities healthier. COPHP prepared me perfectly for my job, probably more so than anything

Madeleine Frey, 2009 Graduate
Evaluation Manager, Healthcare Georgia Foundation

I grew as a leader in being a part of the program. Honestly, every single day of my job I rely on leadership skills that I developed through

Gita Krishnaswamy,
2012 Graduate

Curriculum Coordinator for Science, Health and Fitness, Kent School District

Alumni Profiles

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    Elizabeth Burpee

    2013 Graduate

    Community Health Improvement Program Lead, New Orleans Health Department

    Elizabeth Burpee discovered her passion for community public health practice while working in Mexico, and her experience in the COPHP program deepened that commitment and led to a fulfilling job in the field.

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    Sarah Wylie

    2011 Graduate

    Community Tobacco Specialist, Vermont Department of Health

    The faculty, fellow students and problem-based learning approach of the COPHP program made for "one of the most intense learning experiences I've ever had, in a good way," according to graduate Sarah Wylie.

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  • catherine rizos

    Catherine Rizos

    2009 Graduate

    Communications Manager, Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation

    The COPHP capstone project Catherine Rizos completed– a pilot vision-screening program at a Seattle-area high school – helped reinforce for her how health issues are often related to socioeconomic status and can directly affect educational outcomes.

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Support COPHP Students and Alumni

The Sigolene Ortega Fund for Social Justice in Public Health provides discretionary funds for MPH and PhD programs in the UW Department of Health Services. Any donations from COPHP students, alumni or faculty are earmarked for COPHP and help fund student and alumni events and activities. Thank you for your generous donations.

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