Alumni Spotlight: Courtney Stewart, Class of 2002

IU Ucourtney-stewartndergraduate: BS, Social and Behavioral Sciences

IU Graduate: Masters, Public Health

Ms. Stewart will be joining us on November 9th from 5-8pm for the Public Health, Safety & Social Services Career Fair.  She will be speaking about her experiences in the field and is willing to answer any questions you may have!


Courtney Stewart

What was your motivation to choose the field you work in?

  • I wanted to do work that empowered people by giving them options, resources or opportunities that improved their lives directly.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

  • I love being able to work with a diverse group of people doing diverse tasks!

What is the most challenging part of your job?

  • I am very new to this position (having just 2 months in) but I feel that the most challenging part of my job will be time management.

What characteristics are most important for success in your position?

  • Being flexible with how you reach your audience.
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends if not both.
  • The ability to hold onto the strong history and tradition of Extension while bringing programming into the future with diverse topics.
  • Also I think that having a strong sense of how to connect with a wide variety of people and being able to present sensitive subject matters in a way that reaches people and not being afraid to broach sensitive topics such as drug abuse, aging, and LGBTQ issues.

What does a typical workday look like for you?

  • According to most educators, there isn’t a typical day! It really depends on the time of year and what types of programming we have going on. Again I am new and I have yet to begin programming.

What advice would you give to prospective applicants in the same field as yours?

  • Learn about a variety of topics even outside of the ones that you are passionate about.
  • Be willing to meet people where they are instead of where you want them to be in terms of where they are in life or a various stage of change.
  • Accept that you can have a positive impact but that it may not look exactly how you think it should.
  • Be open and know that public health is an amazing field that is full of many possibilities but it is a very challenging field as well.
  • You need to be open-minded and have a thick skin.

How did Indiana University prepare you to be successful in your career?

  • Their Master of Public Health program requires a very intensive 300 hour internship requirement-this gave me additional insight into how certain aspects of public health like evaluation and programming work in the real world. IU’s School of Public Health offered me a not only courses based in theory but ones that also dug into how does public health feel and work in the world outside of the university.

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