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Sarah D. Bennett


Sarah D. Bennett, MD, MPH


Undergrad Institution; Degree and Major:

University of Pittsburgh, BS, Neuroscience

Medical School:

Emory University School of Medicine & Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University

In practice since:


Your Specialty:

Epidemiology, Public Health, Global Health

Where and for how many years did you train AFTER medical school:

  • Emory University Internal Medicine Residency, 3 years
  • Epidemic Intelligence Service at CDC, 2 years

How did you choose your specialty?

As a dual degree (MD/MPH) candidate at Emory, I met many faculty and staff that had experience working in global public health and with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. After completing residency training, I pursued 2 additional years of training in the Epidemic Intelligence Service. After that, I was hooked on global public health.    

What do you like MOST, and like LEAST, about your specialty?

MOST –I enjoy traveling, meeting new people, helping solve outbreaks and implementing good public health practices.

LEAST – Jet lag is awful. And, I really miss seeing patients in a clinical practice; it’s been difficult to find the time that I would like to practice more clinical medicine. 

In your opinion, what attributes are important in anyone choosing this specialty?

There are careers of all types in epidemiology and public health, so a commitment to travel is not essential. People who enjoy thinking about health at the community / population level will like working in this field.

Hobbies/special interests:

  • Travel
  • Books
  • Art
  • Music
  • Politics