Priscilla Dass-Brailsford

Dr. Priscilla Dass-Brailsford, is associate professor at the Center for Trauma and the Community in the Department of Psychiatry at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She is a current student in the UMass Online MPH PHP program.

Q: Why UMass Online MPH PHP?

A: I always wanted to pursue an MPH after my doctoral degree. I felt that it would round out my education and training. I have not been disappointed with the UMass online program. I chose it because it was convenient, flexible, and accessible; UMass Online MPH PHP has a good reputation, is accredited, and cost-effective.

Q: How has your UMass Online MPH PHP helped you?

A: I was very hesitant about getting training through an online program at the beginning, but the instructors have been excellent! They are very supportive, attentive, and understanding, and I am surprised at how much I am enjoying the program. Studying at my own pace and setting my own schedule, even when it is at 1 a.m., is a positive aspect of an online education. As a result, I often find myself studying and learning more because I am personally invested and motivated.

I am hoping that the MPH will improve my skills as a researcher. The public health perspective is such an important one, especially when it comes to reducing the rates of disease and making the world a safer and healthier place for everyone. The ecological model that is covered in most of our courses is important in understanding disease, illness, and other public health concerns. Most importantly, it offers multiple opportunities to redress these concerns.