Yara Asi ’15, Ph.D.

Department of Health Management and Informatics
College of Community Innovation and Education
University of Central Florida

My research is very interdisciplinary, and the process of going through the Public Affairs program taught me how to approach research from other disciplines in the social sciences. Although my focus was the Health Services Management and Research track, touching on the theories, perspectives, seminal works, and arguments from social work, public administration, governance, and criminal justice helped inform how I approach research projects today. I feel as though I am a more well-rounded scholar because I did not focus only on public health or global health in my studies, and I feel more confident in collaborating with colleagues with vastly different research streams than my own because I am more easily able to find the common thread between our work.

Dissertation: Is Conflict a Factor in a Population’s Quality of Life? A Comparative Study in the Palestinian Territories and Jordan

Brittany “Brie” Haupt ’18, Ph.D.

Visiting Instructor
School of Public Administration
Florida Atlantic University

The faculty and staff of the UCF Public Affairs program were the defining contribution to my personal, professional, and educational growth. Without specific faculty and staff members providing critical mentorship, in terms of being successful as an academic and a practitioner, I would be without a critical support network for today's public service role and responsibilities. I cannot thank these individuals enough and I try to pay it forward through mentoring students and providing support to my fellow colleagues.

Dissertation: The Use of Crisis Communication Strategies to Build Community Resilience: Evidence from Emergency Managers

Tina Yeung ’17, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Health Services Administration
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Florida International University
Miami, Florida

The Ph.D. Public Affairs program adequately equipped me with a diverse skillset that I use in my current position to conduct research and to identify research opportunities in my current university. Through collaborative efforts with my colleagues, the impact of my research is to change current healthcare policies to minimize healthcare disparities across different population groups. Lastly, the mentorship I received in the program has been invaluable in my career development, as a professor and researcher. I make a conscious effort to mentor and provide guidance to all of my students.

Dissertation: Local Health Department Adoption of Health Information Technology and the Impact on Population Health