How It Paid Off: From Physician to Public Health Servant

An alumna explains how a Master of Public Health helped her obtain her dream job.

Posted on August 1, 2013

By Amy DerBedrosian
August 2013

Lisa P. Stevens, M.D., M.P.H.
Lisa P. Stevens, M.D., M.P.H.

NAME: Lisa P. Stevens ’10, MD, MPH

DEGREE: Master of Public Health (MPH)

JOB BEFORE MY DEGREE: Medical director of the preoperative care unit at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Va.

JOB AFTER MY DEGREE: Serving the homeless as the medical director of The Daily Planet healthcare clinic in Richmond

HOW MY DEGREE HELPS ME MAKE A LARGER IMPACT: Walden taught me to look at things holistically and know that everything affects health. If I see someone who’s diabetic, for instance, I ask about the person’s diet or mood. I may involve the shelter or therapist in their treatment. As a result, I’ve enhanced integrative care and outreach programs within our center.

BIGGEST BENEFIT OF EARNING A DEGREE AT WALDEN: The first time I worked with the homeless, I knew it was what I wanted to do. Even though I earned my medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, I still needed additional education to be a public health worker. When I completed my M.P.H., I was able to obtain my dream job.

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