Pragati Advani - DrPH

Pragati Advani

Name: Pragati Advani
Graduation year: 2016
Program: DrPH
Major: Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences
Minor: Epidemiology
Breadth area - Quantitative research in Cancer prevention & control.
Prior education: Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Western Kentucky University and Doctor of Medicine (MD) from US, American Institute of Medicine
Interests: I am deeply interested in working towards cancer prevention and survivorship care while addressing the emerging issue of health disparities with a special emphasis on the minority or geriatric populations in our community, in order to prevent primary or secondary cancer, improve health outcomes, survival and overall quality of life. I am also interested to examine issues pertaining to reproductive health among cancer patients, and understanding the role of energy balance and psychosocial health in cancer.
Current Position: Postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas

How did you decide to enter into the field of public health? – My interest in public health stems from experiences during my undergraduate Medical program. I was specifically interested in the subject of preventive and social medicine back then. When I learned about the field of Public Health, I immediately applied for various MPH programs. Upon completion of my MPH, I desired to broaden my interests in research towards cancer prevention and survivorship care. 

What position do you currently hold? – I am a post-doctoral fellow in the Dept. of Radiation Oncology at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC), in Houston, Texas.

How has your DrPH degree helped you? – It has helped me tremendously. I was able to learn various behavioral, epidemiological and quantitative methods and even received opportunities to apply these skills with various research projects in collaboration with UT SPH and MDACC. My Susan Komen pre-doctoral fellowship (2015-2016), further advanced my training specifically, in the field of breast cancer disparities. Overall, the experiences during my doctoral program have helped me towards my professional progress as well as for my personal growth.

What particular classes helped you in obtaining your current position / in working in your current position? – I think all courses were extremely helpful at each stage of learning.

Where are you heading with your new position? – I see my current post-doctoral position as an essential transition from being a doctoral student to an independent research scientist. During this term, I plan to further my experience while working in multidisciplinary research teams, designing and conducting intervention studies and writing scientific papers and grants. Given my training in both Medicine and Public Health and my experiences and interest in the field of cancer research, in the long term, I hope to acquire a tenure track research faculty position with a clinical, research, community or academic setting, at a domestic or international front, and continue to apply my expertise in the field of my interest.