USF College of Public Health graduate student Ms. Jillian Edge is the recent recipient of a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to explore flooding in Malaysia.
The grant will help Edge gain a better understanding of the impacts of flooding on access to public service in the state of Sarawak.
Originally from California, Ms. Edge is seeking her MPH with a focus in global disaster management and humanitarian relief from USF’s distance learning program. Edge received her undergraduate degree from UCLA and after working in emergency management in Seattle for a couple years, she found herself back in California’s public health department.
Edge originally got into public health through her emergency management role with AmeriCorps, where she was working closely with the public health department and could see the overlap in the work she was doing.
“I liked the idea of getting my master’s in public health and being able to bring public health methodology and systematic thinking into the disaster and humanitarian world,” she said.
USF’s distance learning program ended up being a great fit for Edge, and she said that despite the distance, she’s still able to feel like a member of the Global Health department.
“COPH does a good job in providing avenues for interaction, which I absolutely love,” she said. “And the support staff for our distance learning students are incredibly helpful.”
The program has given Ms. Edge the unique opportunity to pursue her degree while also working in the field, which is another trait she values.