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Episode #277 Relationship Building In Public Health, With Sujani Sivanantharajah, MPH


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


Sujani Sivanantharajah is the founding force behind PH SPOT, a platform and community for public health professionals across the globe, supporting them as they build their dream careers. As a successful epidemiologist and entrepreneur who also has her own podcast, Sujani is here today to share her public health professional journey and the lessons she has learned along the way. One of her many strengths is in building and maintaining meaningful relationships through networking at a human level. Sujani also offers some powerful advice about taking inspired action, even before you have a plan, so make sure you join us today to hear all this and more!


Meet Sujani


Sujani Sivanantharajah is a public health professional trained in Epidemiology. Her gift and passion lies in building relationships, and using these relationships to create and cultivate spaces for people to find meaningful partnerships that can serve their communities. In 2017, this passion led her to build PHSPOT.org, a platform and community for public health professionals around the world to build their dream careers. Sujani holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto.


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Conversation Highlights


  • An introduction to today’s guest, Sujani Sivanantharajah.

  • The upcoming Public Health Consulting & Entrepreneurship Expo.

  • Sujani’s journey to becoming a public health professional.

  • How her father’s lethal heart attack influenced her path to public health.

  • The line from a poem that let Sujani know she would enjoy her journey in public health.

  • Figures she discovered along the way that inspired her research and discovery.

  • What you can learn when you listen to your body.

  • Sujani’s growing interest in the workforce behind public health.

  • Who PH SPOT serves and how she defines that community.

  • The new products that Sujani is launching, including a paid membership.

  • How the PH Spotlight Podcast highlights people’s career stories.

  • Sujani’s advice for anyone pursuing a career in public health.

  • Reframing networking as human connection.

  • Her advice for listeners: just start, even if you don’t know exactly what your plan is!


Sujani's Career Advice To Public Health Students and Graduates


“[Your body] gives you hints. If something is exciting or something is pushing away, really lean into that. You don’t even need to understand it. Just follow that curiosity.” — Sujani Sivanantharajah

Keep In Touch


Sujani Sivanantharajah on LinkedIn

Sujani Sivanantharajah on Twitter

Sujani Sivanantharajah on Instagram

Sujani Sivanantharajah on Facebook PH SPOT

PH Spotlight Podcast

Public Health Consulting and Entrepreneurship Expo


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