A day in the life of a public health program evaluator, with Sameena Vadivelu

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Show Notes

In this episode, Sujani sits down with a friend from her MPH program, Sameena Vadivelu, to speak about a day in the life of a program evaluator. Sameena has worked as a program evaluator in a local health unit and takes us through how she became interested in the field, her job application journey, what a day looks like, and more.

You’ll Learn

  • What is program evaluation? And how it compared to what she had anticipated it to be.
  • How Sameena became interested in program evaluation.
  • Challenges she had during job searching.
  • A day in the life of a program evaluator at a local public health unit – the responsibilities of the role.
  • The biggest challenges about her work
  • Skills someone considering specializing in program evaluation should know/do/be prepared for (i.e. software, certification).
  • A moment Sameena felt most inspired.

Today’s Guest

Sameena Vadivelu

Sameena Vadivelu holds a Masters degree in Public Health (MPH) and an Honours Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Integrative Biology and Psychology. She’s currently a Program Evaluation Consultant at the Workers Safety and Insurance Board. In her previous role she was a Program Evaluator at a local public health unit. She has over five years of experience in evaluation. In this role she primarily supported the environmental health and infectious diseases teams and has provided support on various planning and evaluation projects. Prior to this she worked at a health authority in Labrador. In this role she worked closely with public health nurses to develop policies around contact tracing for sexually transmitted infections.

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PH SPOTlight: Public health career stories, inspiration, and guidance from current-day public health heroes

On the show, Sujani sits down with public health heroes of our time to share career stories, inspiration, and guidance for building public health careers. From time to time, she also has conversations with friends of public health – individuals who are not public health professionals, but their advice and guidance are equally important.

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