Meet Patrick Daniele, Master of Science in Population and Public Health graduate. Patrick’s thesis explored Atrial fibrillation (AF) epidemiology in Western Canada.
What motivated you to apply for the MSc program?
It was originally my intention to pursue an MSc in the Statistics department at UBC. However, after taking a course with Dr. Sutherland, he suggested applying to SPPH which would allow me to tailor my education towards to the statistical side while pursuing health research projects from a more applied approach. My experience working with Drs. Humphries, Koehoorn, and Singer in various capacities also motivated me to apply.
What are your plans after graduation?
After defending my thesis, I began a new position as a Health Economist Statistician at Purple Squirrel Economics. PSE is a remote work company which focuses on health economics and outcomes research primarily for the pharmaceutical industry.
What was the best part of your program?
The quality of SPPH courses on a diverse range of topics ranging from Epidemiological methods to clinical trials. Also the availability of both distance education courses and courses through the department of statistics were great!
What was your favourite course taken during your degree and why?
So many good courses! SPPH 512 on clinical trials, SPPH 581c on special methods using administrative data, STAT 550 on statistical consulting or STAT 545 on data science.
What is the one thing that you are taking with you from your experience in your program?
A piece of paper that says I’m a Master.
What advice would you give to future SPPH students?
You have a lot of freedom within the program to tailor it to work for you. So use that freedom to broaden your skillset and branch out from your comfort zone.
On the lighter side…
How do you like to unwind after a day of studying?
Go for a bike ride, cook dinner, or hit the golf course!
What is your favourite study snack?
My master work has left me with quite the coffee addiction.
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