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Marvellous Akinlotan '19


About Marvellous

Doctor of Philosophy
Health Policy and Management

Hometown: Nigeria
Class: 2019
Undergraduate Major: Dentistry
Professional Interests: Rural public health research, health care access, oral health
Campus Involvement: The Southwest Rural Health Research Center, Center for Future Faculty

Why did you choose Texas A&M Public Health?

Growing up in Nigeria, I noticed that the imbalance of public health services was an issue, which further influenced my study of factors affecting the health of low income and underserved populations. These factors have consequences on mortality, life expectancy and access to care throughout the world. I felt that getting into a program that investigated underserved areas was a great fit for me.

I’ve been involved in several research projects that are exciting. In the Southwest Rural Research Center, I was on a team that examined the mortality of chronic diseases across America. I examined national data and studied patterns associated with mortality and learned what factors are driving these patterns.

In the first year of my doctoral program, I enrolled in the Center for Future Faculty. I attended several seminars where I learned about the different dimensions of life in academia. I was also allowed to observe faculty teach and provide feedback. It was a wonderful experience for those who may be interested in teaching someday.

I am always excited about research and I love to use data to tackle public health problems. When my doctoral program is complete, my ideal position is one where I can maximize academic and industry partnerships. The School of Public Health allowed me to do research that is impactful, and that’s what I enjoy the most.

Currently, I am a research assistant professor at Texas A&M University. 

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