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Graduate Tiffany Ford is focusing on a career in the public heath care sector.

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 02, 2014) — A major in Human and Social Development as well as Economics, with a minor in Health Sector Management and Policy, School of Education and Human Development graduating senior and Chicago native Tiffany Ford has proven that hard work, maintaining internships and community involvement can lead to a fruitful future.

Ford, who is also a 2013 Iron Arrow tapee at The University of Miami, started her job search as a freshman, frequently spending afternoons in the University’s Toppel Career Center to take advantage of the resume critiques and career advising.

In the midst of perfecting her resume and deciding on which path she wanted her career to take, Ford, who began her college career as a Biochemistry major, decided that she wanted to channel her passion for health care into a public sector during her sophomore year.

“Bringing health from academia to the community is important to me,” she said. “I kind of jumped in feet first, not knowing what to expect, but it worked out because it’s exactly what I want to do.”

Ford landed a summer internship with the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Health Management and Policy during the summer of 2012 focusing on health disparities in America and healthcare reform.

“My summer internship experience helped me to see the importance of health programs that are designed to truly benefit a target population,” she said.

Ford’s passion for community health, specifically in marginalized populations has led her to an acceptance at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in the Fall to pursue a Masters in Public Health in Sociomedical Sciences.

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