Chantelle Smith

Chantelle Smith

Alumna, Class of 2016
Hometown: Rainier, OR

Why did you choose Oregon Tech?

Originally, I chose Oregon Tech because of the MIT programs, but soon after arriving I realized the medical field was not for me. Population Health Management (PHM) was in its very beginning stages at that point (the class of 2016 was the first set of graduates from that program), and I switched to that major because it was a statistics-heavy program which is what I was interested in pursuing after graduation.  

What do you like most about your major?

I loved that PHM was, and still is, all about what the health and medical field needs right now. Dr. Nathenson and Stephanie Machado did (and still are) doing extensive research to make sure graduates are equipped with job-ready skills. I also loved that nearly all of our classes involved real-world research, rather than hypothetical scenarios.

What are you passionate about changing within this particular field and why?

Specifically, I am passionate about finding effective treatments, cures, and prevention tactics for autoimmune related conditions. In the US today, millions of people suffer from these conditions that are difficult to treat, and I would love to be a part of the research that positively impacts those with chronic diseases.

What would be your dream job?

Ultimately, I want to teach at the college level and be able to conduct chronic disease research with my students. 

What have been some of your favorite classes and why?

My favorite class at Oregon Tech was Stat Methods in Epidemiology, because that is the field I want to work in/what most interests me. I loved that it was challenging because it required a lot of critical thinking and problem solving, not because the content was too difficult.

Is there anything about Oregon Tech that you wish everyone knew about?

Small class sizes are a huge advantage to students! In my experience, I never had an issue trying to speak with a professor or getting feedback/assistance on my work. 

What’s your favorite thing to do off campus?

Explore the outdoors! To me there’s nothing better than being outside and seeing what the world has to offer.

Are you involved on campus? If so, how?

While I attended Oregon Tech I was a writer and then copy editor for the student newspaper, The Edge. I feel like that helped me be more involved in everything going on around campus!

Have you participated in any internships or externships during your time at Oregon Tech? Did you gain valuable experience from them?

I participated in many internships/externships and gained a lot of experience. I would suggest that every student take as many opportunities for internships and externships as they can, as it not only provides experience, but also helps them make connections they may have for the rest of their lives!

Do you have employment/graduate school plans for after graduation?

Upon graduating from Oregon Tech in 2016, I worked a grant funded position at Klamath County Public Health for a year. Currently, I am gearing up to begin grad school at Oregon State, to pursue a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology.

Is there anything more that you would like to share with future students about campus, what you wish you knew before attending Oregon Tech or anything else?

Since graduating from Oregon Tech, I have heard from many graduate schools and employers that they love Oregon Tech grads. Going to a school with career-driven programs is a huge advantage!

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About the Program

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Population Health Management


  • Health Counseling and Outreach
  • Care Management and Coordination
  • Applied Health Data Analytics


  • Klamath Falls

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