Epidemiology students receive national honors


Published: May 24, 2016

For the second year, two UNT Health Science Center School of Public Health students have been selected from a nationwide search for the Graduate Student Epidemiology Training Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA).

The summer program provides hands-on Maternal and Child Health epidemiology training.

Selected this year were Alex Espinoza, who will travel to Hawaii, and Moriam Animashaun, who will work in Washington, D.C.

Espinoza will study with the Hawaii Department of Health – Family Services Division in Honolulu, helping to evaluate racial, ethnic and socio-economic disparities in adolescent oral health.

Animashaun will be assigned to analyze the utilization of school-based health centers and their impact on attendance and/or truancy rates. She will be working with the District of Columbia Department of Health – Community Health Administration Unit.

SPH students Kari Teigen (MPH ’15) and Sophia Anyatonwu (MPH ’15) were selected for the program last year.

Teigen, who studied with the Kansas State Department of Health, now works for the agency as a Maternal and Child Health epidemiologist.

Anyatonwu now works as an epidemiologist for the Hays County Local Health Department in Austin. She completed last summer’s HRSA training through the Georgia Department of Public Health.