Part of our ‘They Chose OHSU’ blog series. They could have gone anywhere, and chose OHSU. These accomplished scientists, promising students and leading clinicians were convinced they could do their best work at OHSU. Here, according to each of them, is why.
Darla Vang, M.P.H., earned her master’s degree in public health, specializing in epidemiology, this year from the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. Vang received her undergraduate degree from California State University, Fresno and spent several years in the San Francisco Bay area working in habitat restoration and health workforce development. Vang intends to apply her new skills in epidemiology and biostatistics to address maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS and environmental health.
"My parents fled the Vietnam War as Hmong refugees and settled in Fresno, California — one of the largest Hmong communities in the U.S. My personal background and passion for health equity help me bring a unique point of view to my work in public health.
“Epidemiology is an exciting area of public health research, where we can help disadvantaged and ethnic minority communities more effectively. I’m excited to contribute to that.
“I know that if I continue to use the core concepts I learned from this program, and let data guide the way, I can find meaningful solutions to public health problems.
“I considered global health programs at George Washington University and the University of Maryland, but decided I could achieve my goals just as well by keeping my focus local. I looked at the faculty at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health and I was impressed by their research. These were people I wanted to work with.”
"Thanks to the generosity of the Dean’s Scholarship Fund, my education is more affordable. I can focus on reducing health disparities in underserved populations like my own."