UTHealth SPH student to become part of 2013 EIS Class

UTHealth School of Public Health doctoral student Ms. Christina Socias has accepted a position with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) into the 2013 class of Epidemic Intelligence Service officers. She will be working with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health for two years on projects involving workplace safety and health.

Christina discovered her love for public health while she was completing her MPH degree at UTHealth School of Public Health and went on to be accepted as a doctoral trainee in the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) at the School of Public Health focusing on occupational epidemiology. SWCOEH is a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Education and Research Center.

Christina said she was introduced to the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) opportunity through the UTSPH Student Epidemic Intelligence Society. She also discovered that a former SWCOEH trainee and recent graduate, Dr. Cammie Chaumont Menendez, was working in the EIS as an occupational epidemiologist.

“My mentors at UTSPH, Drs. Elaine Symanski and Sharon Cooper, have given me tremendous research opportunities through my SWCOEH traineeship,” Socias said. The traineeship gave her several opportunities to expand her occupational epidemiology research experience including project management, program evaluation, field work, networking and grant writing.

“I do not believe this amazing opportunity would have been possible without the mentorship and support of the leadership and faculty at UTSPH,” Socias said.  

Photo: Christina Socias