Name: Caroline “Carrie” Holsinger
Degree Program: DrPH
Hometown: Luray, Virginia
Previous Institutions: James Madison University, Tulane University
What do you like most about the UK College of Public Health?
The UK College of Public Health provides me with an opportunity to explore my own research interests under the support of exceptional faculty and staff. In addition, the college promotes flexibility in coursework offerings that allow me to personalize my doctoral program to best benefit my research and practitioner interests in public health.
Are you engaged in any research activities?
I am currently a part of the Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center (CARERC). The CARERC is supporting my pilot proposal to evaluate lung function among dust-exposed agricultural workers in Appalachia. I will be conducting my research throughout January and February, which will help formulate my capstone experience for my doctoral program. I am also working as a research assistant on the Kentucky Violent Death Reporting System and interning with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria.
What are you involved with on campus?
I have the privilege of being a part of the student ambassador program through the College of Public Health. The organization allows me to engage with current students and prospective public health students. I am also a teaching assistant for the undergraduate Bachelor of Public Health program. Through this appointment, I am able to interact with students and provide an introduction into the field of public health.
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
Following graduation, I hope to obtain an appointment with a research institution and continue to work within the field of public health at the state and local level.
What made you decide to study public health?
While I was at James Madison University, I took an epidemiology course and fell in love with the career. I had a professor who had pursued a career in public health. Through her guidance, I was able to discover the opportunities that existed for individuals with a Master of Public Health degree. Upon graduation, I went to New Orleans to learn about public health in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. My experience in New Orleans showed me not only the importance of public health infrastructure but also the breadth of the field of public health and how it touches entire populations of people. After practicing public health for several years, pursuing a doctorate became a priority so that I may teach future students the importance of public health and continue to contribute to the field as a researcher and practitioner.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy spending time with family, preparing for our first baby boy, and hanging out with our giant goldendoodle, Finnegan!