Master's of Public Health Program
Originally from the Republic of South Sudan, Chol Dhoor moved to Vermont 13 years ago and graduated as a McNair Scholar from the University of Vermont with a bachelor's degree in Economics and Global Studies in 2011. He is now pursuing a Master's of Public Health degree at UVM.
In addition to reading, Dhoor can be found engaging in community development and service projects. Dhoor serves as an advisory board member for the City of Burlington's Community Development Block Grant, and is also a trustee at the Fletcher Free Library and a board member at Spectrum Youth and Family Services. In 2016 Dhoor founded the Sudanese Foundation of Vermont Inc., an organization which provides college scholarships, mentoring programs, job searching, summer camps, and additional services to the Sudanese community in Vermont. "I like to be a part of anything that makes the future a little brighter for those who believe in it," he says.
After nine years working in health care, Dhoor has a profound appreciate for the collaborative community structures needed to make a difference in peoples' day-to-day lives. His resolve to learn more about disease management, epidemiology, population health, health policy, and promotion of general well-being to those who seek quality and affordable health care was further strengthened by the events of this year. This year "has proven the power of science to manage [a] global pandemic," says Dhoor. "Personally, I believe now is the moment to...listen to the best minds in public health and medicine to save us from this virus."
Dhoor says he ultimately chose UVM to pursue his Master's degree not only because it feels like home, but because of the caliber of the faculty from whom he'll be learning. "The University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine is one of the finest institutions in the nation," says Dhoor. "I know the professors who are currently teaching me...are the leading experts and practitioners in their fields and have years of experience to give me the tools I need to succeed, not only in the program but in everything I plan to do thereafter."
As he begins his studies over the next few weeks, Dhoor says that he's most excited about the diversity of his classmates. "Some of my classmates are doctors [or] Ph.D. candidates and others are taking this program as their second Master's. The program brings such a richness into one place," says he says, adding "I'm really excited about what is ahead to learn."