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An MPH graduate now working as an International Public Health Analyst in the HIV/AIDS Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration.
Coming from a town of 500 in Iowa, Frank Burkybile, 2012 MPH graduate, never expected that he would end up having traveled and worked in every continent except for Antarctica, but he has done just that. For Frank his decision to focus on public health; particularly global health, came from his life and traveling experiences. While living abroad in Yokohoma, Japan, he became aware of the negative health effects of those living in underserved areas, and how different cultures addressed issues such as homeless populations, mental illness, healthcare coverage, etc. While an undergrad, studying anthropology, he conducted ethnographic research in Guinea-Bissau. Through connections he made with a British medical research station conducting HIV research in that area, he shadowed community health workers and medical researchers as they conducted their projects. After that experience, Frank knew that infectious disease epidemiology and global health was the direction he wanted his career to go.
The ability to add an international emphasis on public health through the Sparkman Center’s Global Health Certificate, as well as the noteworthy research it conducts on HIV/AIDS were contributing factors in Frank’s decision to study at the UAB School of Public Health. Frank received his MPH in Epidemiology and Global Health Certificate from UAB in 2012.
Frank has no small goal in mind when asked what he hopes to accomplish in his career. His answer is “ending AIDS.” Frank’s education and career path have put him on track to achieving that goal. He has served as a Public Health Analyst and Team Lead on the Special Response Team within the CDC’s Center for Global Health in the Division of Global HIV/AIDS & TB. He currently works as an International Public Health Analyst in the HIV/AIDS Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). In these positions, Frank has worked on projects and initiatives associated with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). When asked what he is most proud of in his career, Frank states, “I am very proud that I can say that I have had a small part in the response that has provided the treatment keeping 11.5 million people alive…in the process, it has trained 220,000 health workers, who now can provide life-saving services to their own communities. We are looking at the very real possibility of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic, a feat that was thought impossible in the not too distant past.”