MPH, Environmental Health
Anish Patel was earning his master’s degree in microbiology at Georgia State and enjoying his time in the lab, but he realized he wanted to do more with the data and discoveries he made there.
Now, Patel is turning his knowledge of microbiology and passion for public health into a career.
Patel works as an environmental health scientist for Tetra Tech, a company that contracts with federal agencies to assist with a variety of environmental and infrastructure projects.
Patel’s role involves providing support to agencies mitigating environmental disasters around the Southeast, including the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which in September sunk more than a thousand boats across the Florida Keys. Patel traveled to southern Florida to assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission in locating and developing a strategy for recovering sunken boats.
“When a boat sinks, it sinks with its fuel and its battery and other hazardous materials,” Patel said.
His experiences so far have brought other lessons: team work and strategy.
“It’s very different than being in a lab,” he said.
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