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Episode #3: Interview with Dr. Kathy Bianco: Bringing Public Health to Physician Assistant Programs

Updated: Apr 15


In this episode, Dr. Kathy Bianco shares her educational and career journey, connecting her healthcare career with public health. She shares some of the challenges she faced along the way, and how she overcame those challenges to successfully complete her doctoral degree in public health. Additionally, she shares her goals and ambition for bringing public health to physician assistant programs in California. If you have not listened to the full episode, then I encourage you to do so. There is so much value in her story and I’m thankful that she was generous enough to share that with my audience in this episode.


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Dr. Bianco discussed:

  • Her current career position

  • What she did previously

  • How she became interested in public health

  • Her career goals

  • How her education has played a role in her career transition into where she is now

  • How her education will play a role in your progression into where she wants to go

  • Why she choose an online school

  • How she managed life, work, family, and grad school

  • What she would have done differently, resources she would have maximized while in school but didn’t

  • The difference having a PhD has done for her verses a master’s degree alone

  • The benefits of membership and participation in national associations and organizations

  • The book that she’s writing

Here are 3 tips Dr. Bianco would like to share with graduate students to help with preparing for the public health field.

1. Map out what amount of time you think it would take to finish, even with setbacks so financially you are prepared.

2. Look into what types of jobs are available in what you think you want to do.

3. Check into public health associations: what they do, and what they have to offer.

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