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MPH Alum Shares a Note of Thanks

Jagdish Khubchandani, a 2007 MPH graduate, recently sent a letter to express his gratitude to the faculty & staff members in the Department of Public Health for their dedication and guidance during his time here at WKU.  Khubchandani is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology and Health Science at Ball State University in Muncie, IN.

“Dr. Shearer/ Dr. English: Thank you very much for your time today. I received the questionnaire given below and have taken it.

Today, I would like to ask you time to share my story. I came to the United States in 2005 and joined the WKU MPH degree program.

I am eternally grateful for the admission, assistantship, high quality mentoring, and many lessons of life that I learned from WKU’s Department of Public Health faculty and staff. Dr. Cecilia Watkins is my hero! She was my advisor throughout the program and taught me life lessons of health education and health advocacy. I was one of the first groups of students to pursue a research paper/ creative project to earn MPH.

Dr. Christine Nagy was my research advisor and taught me how to use excel and SPSS. It may sound strange, but I was a big ZERO on research design and statistics. Dr. Nagy and Dr. Watkins visited me at University of Toledo to help me complete my research, which is almost unheard of in higher education (i.e. advisor travelling 5 hours to visit a student). I had accepted an admission to University of Toledo PhD program before graduating from WKU and Dr. Nagy and Dr. Watkins were kind enough to help me complete my MPH degree program.  Dr. Lartey suggested that I got to University of Toledo for my PhD in health education- she also helped open the doors for my future career path.

Today, I am a faculty member in Ball State University. Since graduating from WKU and after getting the critical skills from faculty, I have published more than 30 research articles in the past 5 years, serve on editorial board of 5 journals, have completed more than half a dozen grant funded projects, and have several honors including the Indiana Governor’s Award for Service Learning and the title of Hero in Health Education from the Society for Public Health Education. For someone who had a degree in clinical medicine, in another country, it seemed almost impossible to shift careers and learn a new discipline of study.

 Generally, I try to remain modest. However, your email wanted me to share all my accomplishments. Because, I owe all the goodness, high standard education, and meaningful practical experiences to faculty at WKU Department of Public Health. I am always short of words when I want to thank WKU’s Department of Public Health. Thank you for giving me a concrete purpose in life and for your generosity in mentoring me!

 Please convey my special regards to all faculty and staff members! If there is a need for additional information, I will be very happy to help.

 Many regards,

Jagdish”

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 Last Modified 9/25/14