Four great job offers lead new SPH grad to Dartmouth Institute


Published: June 11, 2018

By Sally Crocker

Cathleen KearnsDevang Agravat, MPH (Biostatistics), who graduated in May from the UNTHSC School of Public Health (SPH), received four employment offers from well-respected research institutes around the country, selecting the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice as his place to be.

Devang recently moved to the Dartmouth College community in New Hampshire to begin his new responsibilities as a Research Analyst, working with Medicare data management and analytics.

Before choosing Dartmouth, he considered offers from the University of Michigan/Michigan Medicine’s Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy; the Institute of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins; and Arizona State University’s Center for Health Information and Research.  He had interviewed with other institutions as well, but narrowed his search down to this select few.

The current job, he said, seems like the right fit and should also provide opportunities for future career growth.

“During the interviews, I saw that I liked the Dartmouth team structure, and the supervisor was a good match for me,” he said. “Also, the work I completed during my SPH graduate internship is in line with the type of role I will take on at Dartmouth.”

“I am familiar with the software systems used at Dartmouth, and there are opportunities to move up and grow into team leadership and statistical management. This is a place where I see myself contributing on a long-term basis,” he said.

With an undergraduate degree in dentistry, Devang was introduced to UNTHSC by an MPH alumnus who was working in Washington, D.C.

“He recommended the UNTHSC School of Public Health. Originally I thought about exploring Epidemiology, but quickly found myself drawn to Biostatistics; the program is very good at providing students important statistical knowledge, and I really liked working with the numbers and data, seeing how they impact public health research and policy,” he said.