University of Pennsylvania, Master of Public Health Program, 2019
University of Pennsylvania, Master of Bioethics, 2019
Drexel University, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, 2014
Favorite thing about Philly: The walkability
Right after earning his undergraduate degree, Cory began working at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) . During this time, he did some self-described “soul-searching” and found that what he was truly interested in is population health, specifically mental health, social justice, and inequalities.
He was able to explore his public health interests through a part-time courseload at Penn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS). He eventually enrolled in the MPH Program and shortly after, decided to pursue a dual-degree in Bioethics.
Cory is now a Clinical Research Coordinator at Penn at The Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction, where he works on a tobacco cessation study. Penn’s generous tuition benefit for faculty and staff was a big draw for him, but he also found it to be beneficial that there’s a program of public health, rather than its own school.
“Because we are housed under the School of Medicine, there’s a lot of resources that others might not have,” he said. “We can develop different partnerships with different people.”
He has also been actively involved with service work in Philadelphia. As a previous AmeriCorps member, getting involved in service related to the MPH Program was a natural fit. He spent three years—including a year in a leadership position—working with Penn Public Health Society Service Corps, committing more than 130 hours to service activities at places such as St. Peter’s Food Cupboard and Urbanstead.
For students who decide to pursue an MPH a Penn, he advises to “put yourself out there and to challenge yourself. Take courses that you wouldn’t normally take, and be open to learning in different fields that you wouldn’t think you’d normally be interested in, because you never know what you’re going to learn from somebody.”
While Cory is certainly happy to chat with prospective students about the programs, feel free to ask him about his other interests, including board games, jazz music and history. He is also interested in tea, which he has an “odd knowledge” of and can talk about for hours, including, where it comes from, its different taxonomies, and the spice trade.