Meet the graduates of Spring 2021: Jakob Koziel, MSc (Epidemiology)

Jakob Koziel plans to continue applying his passion for using data to help develop evidence-based strategies focused on improving the health of populations and eliminating poverty in our communities. 

Why is public health as a discipline important and why did you choose to study it at the University of Alberta? 

Public health, as a discipline, provides the toolkit that allows decision-makers to arrive at, or come close to, solutions to the complex health problems that are prevalent in our society.

I chose to study at the School of Public Health at the University because of its reputation as one of the best in Canada, and the amazing faculty within it. 

What research interests did you pursue in obtaining your MSc?

My research interests involve investigating a variety of social and public health issues including, but not limited to, substance use, injury prevention, traffic safety and, homelessness with the use of methodologies rooted in complexity theory.

What was the greatest obstacle you faced and the success you’re most proud of as a student?

My biostatistics courses introduced me to a way of thinking which, after completing the coursework, was the success I am most proud of. Collaborating and asking for help from other students and faculty was instrumental in helping me overcome the initial challenges that I faced. 

Who made the greatest impact on you during your time at the School?

My supervisory committee members made a huge impact on me. Through their mentorship, they were instrumental in helping me become a better researcher.

Favourite memory of your time at the School?

Meeting all the amazing students and faculty and learning from everyone. I really enjoyed my time while I was an MSc student in SPH! 

What are your next steps after graduation?

Currently, my role is research analyst for the Bissell Centre, an agency dedicated to eliminating poverty and empowering individuals to move towards cultural, social and economic prosperity. I'm also involved with the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM) at the School of Public Health, where I analyze data and help write manuscripts on topics related to substance use, and design interactive dashboards and knowledge translation products.