More Success Stories from the DHPE Internship and Fellowship Program
Friday, January 23, 2015
Cohort IV DHPE Health Promotion Policy Fellow Rahma Mkuu, MPH, who is placed at the Arkansas Department of Health Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities, has successfully passed the Certified in Public Health (CPH) Exam!
The National Board of Public Health Examiners offers the CPH credential as the only voluntary core credential for public health professionals. The CPH designation demonstrates that an individual graduate from a CEPH-accredited school or program of public health has mastered foundational competencies in public health. CPH professionals raise the bar and enhance the public health profession through their exemplary academic and leadership skills.
Fellow Mkuu decided to take the exam at the American Public Health Association conference in November 2014 as one of the professional development opportunities offered to her through her DHPE Health Equity Fellowship.
Fall 2014 DHPE Intern Aemon Weaver is now a Communicable Disease Specialist at North Central Health District (NCHD) in Macon, Georgia. He is a MPH graduate of Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Georgia. As an intern, Weaver contributed to an increase in case completion for the NCHD Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program.
“As a result of my experience with DHPE, I have learned competencies associated with public health - specifically with cultural competencies,” stated Weaver. According to him, he was able to successfully transition from an intern to an actual position within the NCHD.
As a NCHD Communicable Disease Specialist, Weaver will gather, analyze, and monitor data regarding communicable diseases within the health district. He will work specially with the populations living with HIV/AIDS.
“I can honestly say that my experience and guidance from DHPE has prepared me for this position and any future positions in the realm of Public Health, add Weaver. “My goal is to further translate this experience into coordination and management of a federal-level program and to delve into policy as well.”