Mallory Ellingson, MPH

Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University — Atlanta, Georgia

2015 Major: History; Minors: Biology and Global Health

Current Employer: Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University — Atlanta, Georgia

How has being a History graduate from Duke helped shape your professional success?

"I think as a History major you learn two very valuable skills — perspective and creative analysis. I currently work as an epidemiologist and do vaccine promotion research. Almost any public health problem, and particularly vaccination, has not only a lot of historical context but a lot of current context as well. As a History major, I learned how to take into account what was going on in the world or what is going on in the world when I'm researching or analyzing a specific issue. Additionally, I think that the historical research skills I learned as a history major gave me an ability to think more creatively or even just differently than my colleagues about a problem than if I was using solely traditional biomedical research techniques."

What advice would you give students in History?

"I would tell students in History or students considering History as a major that choosing this as a major in no way boxes you in to what might be considered traditional 'history major' careers. I use the skills and knowledge I gained as a History major in my research and in my life every day as an epidemiologist."

Mallory Ellingson