Graduate Studies in Epidemiology

[ Music ]>>The most valuable part of my graduate
studies here at Queen’s was the real investment from faculty in developing me as an independent
research scientist, while also ensuring that I have the skills and tools necessary
to be an epidemiologist in the field.>>My experience here has
been incredibly positive, and I think that that comes
mainly from the people, actually. As much as I love the program and the classes
and everything I’ve gotten to take, it’s really, it has been about moving here and
finding a supervisor that I connect with, friends in my classes, like, a welcoming
faculty, and just everyone being really nice.>>And, you get a lot of one-on-one
time with your supervisors, and I think that’s really important
for developing as a researcher. It’s less about exactly what you’re producing,
but actually developing both as a researcher and a person, so I think the small,
close community is imperative to that.>>We have a really good mix of methodologies
being used, as well as topics being covered. We also have a very skilled faculty, so there
are people who have been working for decades in epidemiological analyses and
in many different topic areas. The nice thing for students is that there’s a
lot of co-mentorship between the undergraduate, the masters level, PhD, and even postdoctoral
levels, and some of the junior faculty and senior faculty, you know,
are in that mix as well. Because we have a long tradition of training
epidemiologists here, we have a good range of expertise and history there
that the students benefit from.>>I think one of the big things they take away
from the program is a sense of achievement. Doing that training, writing a
high-quality thesis, defending it, going through that process, I think, really, I’ve seen so many students
grow through that process. They come in, and they’re
smart, and they’re enthusiastic, and they go out and they’re more confident. They’re able to think critically
about what they read. They’re able to think analytically about
what they see in the world around them. Of course, the focus on epidemiology and on
health is there, but the training also opens up their minds to thinking about the world
in a different light than when they came in.>>It’s more work than I’d expected, but at
the end, I sort of was, like, oh, my goodness. I’ve learnt so much, I’m much more confident
in what I know, just because you yourself have that hands-on experience, so you have that
knowledge in dealing with all these issues and that, in the future, like for example,
when I come up with issues in my job, I’m more confident in dealing
with them, being more confident that I have the knowledge to
overcome these challenges. [ Music ]

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