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Sandra Kiplagat, PhD, MS is a current PHI/CDC Global Health Epidemiology Fellow with the Immunization Systems Branch, the Global Immunization Safety Team of the Global Immunization Division in Atlanta, Georgia. Sandra’s fellowship will entail working with ministries of health, regional and immunization safety colleagues to perform data collection and analysis on vaccine safety systems. In addition, she will support improving the surveillance for Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) and Adverse Events of Special Interest (AESI) particularly in low-and middle-income countries. Sandra has more than seven years’ experience working as a public health professional with varied expertise in quantitative and qualitative data analysis in government, philanthropic organizations, and academic institutions. Sandra started as a public health GIS intern in the Worcester Health Department to create physical activity and elementary catchment maps to reach the goals and objectives of the Massachusetts Community Health Information Plan. She later served as a data analyst in UMASS Memorial to create a new and feasible instrument to measure trauma among children using SPSS and SAS packages. Subsequently, she worked as a research analyst in John Snow Research and Training Institute in performing data analysis and disseminating reports on substance misuse among youth and young adolescents prior to working in academia. She speaks fluent Swahili. Sandra is an avid and passionate learner interested in reducing health disparities among marginalized and under-served populations globally. She received her PhD in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from Florida International University, and obtained her Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy and Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Clark University.

The PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program is implemented for CDC by the Public Health Institute and its partner Consortium of Universities for Global Health.


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