Elya Courtney

MPH Candidate

Master of Public Health (MPH)

I started my journey at UGA with a B.S. Chemistry intent, but sophomore year I realized that I wanted to combine laboratory skills with public health topics. I started to take classes through the CPH the following year, and after completing my B.S. Chemistry in May 2020 shifted my focus entirely to pursuing my MPH. During my time with the CPH, I grew to love clinical epidemiology and methods evaluation specializations within epidemiology. This has inspired me to apply to Ph.D. programs in Epidemiology. In the meantime, I have been working as a COVID-19 Case Investigator with District 10 of the GA DPH and developing my capstone project while completing my coursework. In my last semester, I am shifting my focus to completing my capstone project and preparation for future pursuits.

  • B.S. Chemistry, University of Georgia, May 2020
More About

ACS accredited degree track

Areas of Expertise
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Quantitative analytical methods evaluation and development
  • Instrumental analysis
  • BSL – II laboratory protocols and handling of biohazardous materials
  • Data analysis
  • Fourier transformations in data analysis
Honors, Awards, and Achievements
  • Summer ORISE Fellow: 2019, 2020. Biochemical Markers Fellowship, Newborn Screening and Molecular Biology Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • CURO Research Assistantship: Spring 2020
  • American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholar: 2016 – 2020
  • CURO Promising Scholar – 2016
  • INTEL ISEF 2015 – Mu Alpha Theta 1st Award, Mathematics
Research Interests
  • Clinical Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology Methods
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Biochemical Markers in Newborn Screening
  • Analytical Method Development
  • Applications of Fourier Transformations in Data Analysis
Selected Publications

Acknowledgement for Supplementary Materials preparation: Pickens, C. A., and K. Petritis. “High Resolution Mass Spectrometry Newborn Screening Applications for Quantitative Analysis of Amino Acids and Acylcarnitines from Dried Blood Spots.” Analytica Chimica Acta 1120 (2020): 85-96.

Investigating FTIR-ATR Potential in Atmospheric Aerosol Analysis on Filters – UGA CURO Symposium. Spring 2020.

Accurate Radar Measurements of Drag Coefficients in Free Flight. E.R. Courtney et al. The Physics Teacher. Oct 2018.

A More Accurate Fourier Transform. E.R. Courtney et al. Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability, Cornell University Library. July 2015.