Dale King (’11), MPH, is a commander in the United States public health service and an information technology specialist in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Q: Why UMass Amherst Online MPH PHP?
A: I chose the online MPH in PHP program at UMass Amherst because my schedule as a Commissioned Corps Officer was always changing, and I never knew where I might be tomorrow or what I would be doing. I began my search for an online MPH program that was accredited and found UMass Amherst. I spoke to the admissions staff and found them to be so helpful and responsive to my needs that I knew I would be in an environment filled with individuals who care about the students, and who would support my career needs and understand in the event I was called away to respond to a disaster.
I also selected UMass Amherst because they have superior professors and a wonderful online MPH academic program that is flexible to all those working adults who want to continue their educational learning experience.
Q: How has your UMass Amherst MPH PHP helped you?
A: Earning the master’s in public health from UMass Amherst not only helped me receive my promotion to commander, but it also gave me a sense of accomplishment along with a greater confidence in my abilities. As a Commissioned Corps Officer, I am sworn to promote, protect and advance the health and safety of our nation. My educational experience at UMass Amherst better prepared and better equipped me to contribute to this mission.
During my time in the online MPH program, I had some exceptional professors who inspired and challenged me. They helped me to utilize my work experience along with my classroom knowledge to increase my understanding of what public health is and how we all, in some way, can impact the health of the public. I am constantly telling those individuals I meet about the online program at UMass Amherst and trying to encourage anyone thinking about advancing their educational knowledge to look at UMass Amherst as a university focused on students and their educational advancement and growth. I know firsthand that I have grown as a person as well as a student, and I am thankful I can now call UMass Amherst my alma mater.