Denise St. Jean
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Denise St. Jean

Denise is a PhD candidate in Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Her dissertation research explores epidemiologic and statistical methods to translate patient-based clinical data into policy-ready, actionable evidence. Specifically, she is interested in better understanding the “real-world” impact of vaccines and other interventions for enteric diseases on child health and development in low-resource settings. Her research is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholars, a national leadership development program for doctoral students who want to apply their research to advance health equity. During her graduate studies, Denise has worked with major global healthcare organizations and projects, including FHI Clinical, the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia, and MEASURE Evaluation. Prior to enrolling at UNC, Denise worked for a boutique life sciences consulting firm called Beghou Consulting, where she provided pharmaceutical clients from around the world with business intelligence, market research, and commercial operations support.

Denise earned a BS in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Yale University where she was an Edward A. Bouchet Research Fellow. She hopes to combine her academic training with her experiences in the private sector to bring a unique and interdisciplinary perspective towards improving global infectious disease management, treatment, and prevention.

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