Kerianne Burke graduated from the DePaul MPH program in 2015. She won the Grace Budrys Award for Excellence in Community Health for her impressive work with Chicago Public Schools. Working in the Office of Student Health and Wellness, Kerianne developed a decision support tool and resource kit for CPS staff in whom victims of sexual assault/abuse confide. Due to her stellar work, Kerianne was then offered a short-term paid position to administer the 2015 iteration of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
We asked Kerianne…
What are you doing now?
I currently coordinate sexual health research studies at the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, an infectious disease clinic that is part of the Cook County Health and Hospital System. My main projects focus on assessing perceived susceptibility to HIV for at-risk women through adherence to PrEP, as well a clinical trial focused on preventative sexual health for women with recurrent bacterial vaginosis. I also work on various projects with patients who have chronic Hepatitis C.
What was your favorite thing about the DePaul MPH program?
While at DePaul I really appreciated the many opportunities to get out into the field. For me this was my practicum placement in the Office of Student Health and Wellness at CPS, as well as my position as Program Assistant for the Center for Community Health Equity. These experiences in the public health field helped me to develop skills that have been incredibly valuable in my current position.