Public health student advances toward U.S. Presidential Management Fellowship

Posted Date: February 22, 2017
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Stephanie Spohr

Stephanie Spohr, MA, a UNTHSC public health student working toward her PhD in Public Health Sciences (Behavioral and Community Health concentration), has been named as one of 400 finalists from among 7,000 applicants for the U.S. Presidential Management Fellowship, a flagship leadership development program for graduate-level candidates.

The program is designed to develop potential government leaders and build a spirit of public service. Students who receive a two-year appointment will work at a Federal agency, with opportunities to participate in rotations at other governmental divisions throughout the program. More than 160 hours of interactive leadership, management and policy training are provided, as well as on-the-job mentoring.

On completion, Fellows can convert to permanent or term positions with a Federal agency, or may choose to pursue the private sector, academia or non-profit leadership positions.

“I am honored to be selected as a finalist for this prestigious program,” Spohr said. “I applied for this Fellowship because it has great opportunity for me to gain practical and influential management experience in public health. I had previously interned with the Region 6 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in Dallas, and the Presidential Management Fellowship would be a valuable combination for me to achieve.”

Spohr said she hopes to continue building toward a future career position with the Department of Health and Human Services or the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, to continue her research in technology-based substance abuse interventions for vulnerable populations.