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ColoradoSPH alum finds her passion preventing foodborne illness

Colorado School of Public Health

Kelsey Hanley, MPH '15, ColoradoSPH at CSU

​Kelsey Hanley is a recent ColoradoSPH at Colorado State University (CSU) graduate and found her niche in public health investigation - specifically, as an Environmental Public Health Investigator (EPHI).

Those who work as an EPHI aim to reduce the risk of communicable and infectious diseases. They support and conduct environmental health inspections and investigations in regulated facilities to ensure compliance with public heatlh policy. Often, this includes educational provision to retail and food establishments within a community.

Kelsey graduated in 2015 from ColoradoSPH at CSU with an MPH concentration in Animals, People, and the Environment (APE).

"The MPH degree develops a well-rounded public health professional while providing ways to specialize in many interests," said Kesley. The APE concentration on holistic problem solving and thinking was what initially sparked her interest, and consequently, aided in her search for and acquisition of her current position as an EPHI.

For students entering the APE concentration, Kelsey advises to "walk into each course with an open mind and bring new perspectives that others may learn from."

Kelsey’s practicum & capstone work with Boulder County Public Health helped prime her for employment post-graduation. She worked on identifying barriers and benefits to managerial controls in retail food establishments. 

"Working alongside Boulder County Public Health opened the doors to protecting the public [compared to previous work endeavors], which was much more fulfilling for me," she said.

When asked about her favorite aspects of the job, Kelsey identified three: “Investigating foodborne illness, collaborating with other investigators, and educating the public.”

In a final remark, Kelsey said, “I love what I’m doing now, and in the future I will use my experience to specialize in the prevention of foodborne illness.”

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