The College of Public Health has welcomed five new faculty this fall who we want to introduce to the wider CPH community. This week, meet Amy Winter, MPH, PhD, who has joined the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics as an assistant professor.
What brought you to the field of public health?
I have always held personal interests that intersect well with public health. I lean towards thinking at the population level, I want to engage in research with direct policy implications that benefit people, and I love to travel and work internationally.
What excites you or motivates you about your research?
I am motivated by exploring complex non-intuitive patterns that explain our world and can be leveraged to control infectious diseases. I enjoy opportunities to work with policy makers to answer questions and evaluate strategies for disease control. I also have the pleasure of working alongside clever, reflective, and kind colleagues and students who motivate me daily to engage in my research in new ways.
How have you partnered with communities to improve health? Do you have any thoughts on what outreach work you’d like to do in Athens or Georgia?
My work to date has been international (mostly in India, Madagascar, and Zambia), conducting research to evaluate vaccination and surveillance programs, understand infectious disease systems and risk, and assess future control strategies for vaccine preventable diseases. Locally, I plan to engage with organizations and health officials to answer questions related to non-pharmaceutical interventions for COVID-19 and vaccine hesitancy.
What are you looking forward to this Fall semester?
UGA is my undergraduate alma mater, so I am looking forward to rediscovering Athens and meeting and engaging with students, faculty, and staff across the University.
Last one – what do you do for fun?
I enjoy running, cycling, and swimming that is mostly floating.
Learn more about Dr. Winter’s background, areas of expertise, and research interests in her faculty profile.
Posted on September 9, 2021.