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Public Health Epidemiology Conversations Podcast

Episode #244 Program Evaluation Consulting, With Brad Krueger, MPH

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The road into a public health career is rarely a direct one. Often students who want to study medicine are introduced to the topic during their studies and, based on their level of interest, find themselves diverting their plans to explore public health as a career. In this episode Dr. Huntley sits down with Brad Krueger, a program evaluation consultant based in Chicago. She talks with Brad about his journey into public health, his business, and how he thrives on building systems to collect, review and present data. Tuning in you’ll hear Brad describe how he first considered a career in public health, how it aligned with his interests, and what he is most passionate about in his field at this moment. Brad shares an overview of his business, his typical client, and how he determines whether they’re a good fit. He goes on to expand on the importance of creating a supportive network of professionals, why he has recommended potential colleagues to clients, and why an abundance mindset is so helpful. Brad also shares tips and advice for anyone in public health and epidemiology. Learn what it means to be a lifelong learner and why there’s always something to be gained from any opportunity. We loved having Brad on the show and we’re sure you’ll find this conversation every bit as stimulating as we did!

Meet Brad Krueger

Brad Krueger is a passionate, equity-focused, relationship-centric evaluator. He thrives on building systems to collect, review, and present data. His years of experience, working with county health departments, large and small nonprofits, tribal and urban AI/AN organizations, as well as state agencies, has allowed him to interact with diverse stakeholders and audiences. He humbly embraces opportunities leverage data to support the mission and impact of organizations he is privileged to support. He received his Masters of Public Health from Des Moines University in 2017 after completing his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bethel University. He lives in Chicago with his partner, 1 year old son, and lively pup.

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Conversation Highlights

  • Get to know Brad Krueger, an evaluation consultant based in Chicago.

  • Brad's introduction to public health and how he first took it seriously as a career option.

  • How Brad worked full-time during his online Public Health Masters program and how he was able to apply lessons from the classroom to his work.

  • Why creating environments and policies that allow people to be healthy across the different disease categories forms a core part of Brad’s motivation as a public health professional.

  • Learn about Brad’s business, what he does, and his typical client.

  • The value of niching down, because you can’t be an expert in everything.

  • Why it’s important to direct clients to another trusted professional in the field if they aren’t a good fit for you.

  • A breakdown of how Brad does a typical evaluation for a client.

  • The importance of defining why you are doing an evaluation early in the process.

  • How Brad’s knowledge of public health has helped him better serve clients and have an impact on the industry.

  • How Brad’s knowledge of epidemiology has shaped his understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has helped him reframe the way he communicates.

  • Brad’s advice for listeners who are interested in a public health career: show up as a learner for new opportunities.

Brad's Career Advice To Public Health Students and Graduates

“It doesn't have to be perfect right now. It doesn't have to be the ideal thing next week. For me the roadmap was not clear, I didn't set out when I was 20 to end up where I am now while I'm 30. But I kind of took it day by day and said, Am I learning something today? Awesome. How can I use that tomorrow?” — Brad Krueger

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