Lauri K. Kalanges (’04)
Q: Why UMass Amherst Online MPH PHP?
A: My first career spanned 18 years with a specialty in plastic and reconstructive surgery in Ohio and my home state of Nevada. I pioneered two humanitarian public health programs in Nevada related to domestic violence and breast cancer. These two programs initiated my interest in public health and I decided to “follow my calling” and transition into a second career in public health. I soon realized that this mid-life career change required the requisite graduate education to fully prepare me. I chose the UMass Amherst Online MPH Public Health Practice program because the fully accredited program is part of a leading school of public health at a major, well-respected university, and the courses are taught by doctorate faculty members.
Q: How has your UMass Amherst MPH PHP helped you?
A: I am currently the deputy director of the Office of Family Health Services (OFHS), a position within the Virginia Department of Health located in Richmond, Virginia. I oversee an office with an annual operating budget of over $200 million and a staff of 240-plus workers servicing a full life course of programs, including Title V/Maternal Child Health, WIC/Summer Foods, PHHS, and 67 other grant programs. I credit UMass Amherst Online MPH PHP with providing the knowledge, skills, and abilities for me to fulfill a successful and effective career as a public health professional. My life and professional goal is to continue to make a difference in my community. I thank UMass Amherst Online MPH PHP for helping me to continue to fulfill my goal on a daily basis.