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Public Health Epidemiology Conversations Podcast


Episode #270 Infectious Diseases And Public Health, With Andrea Prinzi, PhD, MPH

On This Episode Of The Public Health Epidemiology Conversations (PHEC) Podcast

If infectious diseases and public health is your thing then you’ve come to the right place! Joining us on this episode is Clinical Microbiologist, Science Communicator, and Infectious Diseases Specialist, Dr. Andrea Prinzi. Dr. Prinzi studied at the University of Colorado and went on to develop and run several microbiology educational programs. In 2018, she was handed the American Society for Clinical Pathologists 40 Under Forty award, and today, she serves as Medical Science Liaison at bioMérieux. Our guest tells us when she first became interested in public health and what prompted her to stay in the field. She shares the public health issue that she is most passionate about and explains why infectious diseases are one of the most important aspects of public health. We discuss why science communication needs to improve and debate the validity of testing kits, before Dr. Andrea clarifies how her knowledge of public health helps her take better care of her community. Epidemiology is becoming ever-significant, critical appraisals are fundamentally important, and real-world evidence is a rapidly growing field. If you’d like to find out why, tune in now!

Meet Dr. Andrea Prinzi

Dr. Andrea Prinzi began her career in the clinical microbiology laboratory at Children's Hospital Colorado where she worked for nearly 13 years, starting as a laboratory assistant and working her way up to senior microbiologist. While at Children's Hospital Colorado, Andrea worked in the areas of bacteriology, virology, molecular microbiology, mycology, mycobacteriology, parasitology as well as regularly participated in highly-infectious (BSL3+) pathogen training. She helped develop and run several microbiology education programs on the University of Colorado Anschutz campus which earned her the American Society for Clinical Pathologists "Forty under 40" award in 2018. In 2014, Andrea earned her MPH in epidemiology from the Colorado School of Public Health where her thesis work focused on the environmental hygiene of the pediatric orthopedic operating room and associated impact on post surgical site infections. In 2022, Andrea completed her PhD in clinical and translational science from the University of Colorado. During this program, Andrea's clinical research focused on diagnostic and antimicrobial stewardship, with a focus on respiratory infection diagnostics in mechanically ventilated pediatric patients. Andrea is currently a microbiology medical science liaison for the in vitro diagnostics company, Biomerieux. In this role, she serves as a neutral scientific expert for the company, and a liaison between the infectious disease/microbiology communities and diagnostics industry.

Listen To This Episode Of The Public Health Epidemiology Conversations (PHEC) Podcast

Conversation Highlights

  • Introducing our guest, Dr. Andrea Prinzi with an extensive breakdown of her background.

  • When Dr. Prinzi first became interested in public health and why she decided to stay.

  • Public health as a vocation.

  • The public health issue that she is currently most passionate about.

  • Reasons why infectious diseases is one of the most important aspects of public health.

  • Why science communication in public health needs to improve.

  • How Dr. Huntley found her passion while being a clinical scientist.

  • Debating the validity of testing kits.

  • How her understanding of public health helps Dr. Prinzi to serve the community better.

  • Why epidemiologic studies are becoming increasingly significant.

  • The importance of critical appraisals.

  • Why real-world evidence is growing as a field.

  • Some advice that Dr. Prinzi wants every prospective medical student to hear.

Dr. Andrea Prinzi's Career Advice To Public Health Students and Graduates

“Educate your self in things that will help you develop your skills. Do not put yourself in a box. Think about what else you can bring to your roll. How can you make it more dynamic?” — @andreaprinzi

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