Rany Octaria, M.D., M.P.H.

Research Mentors: Marion Kainer, M.D., M.P.H.; Pamela Talley, M.D, M.P.H.; and Peter Rebeiro, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Thesis Topic: The Role of Patient Sharing Network in Epidemiology and Transmission of Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriaceae in Tennessee

Rany Octaria received her medical degree from the University of Indonesia and practiced medicine in the Indonesian islands for two years.  In 2015, Fulbright Scholarships brought her to the Vanderbilt University to pursue her Master’s in Public Health (MPH).  During her MPH, she interned at the CDC Division of Global Health Protection on a rabies prevention strategies in CDC partner countries.

She conducted her MPH thesis in the role of facility patient sharing network between Tennessee hospitals in the transmissions of multi-drug resistant organisms (MDRO).  Since her MPH studies, Rany has been working with the Tennessee Department of Health where she developed a web application to guide public health professionals to track and stop outbreaks using social network analysis network. She plans to build and improve her skills in infectious disease outbreak detection and prevention for her doctoral research.

Why I chose Vanderbilt: I chose Vanderbilt because of the strong collaboration between the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) and Vanderbilt University as one of the ten CDC emerging infections program (EIP) in the country. By choosing Vanderbilt, I can continue in improving my research at TDH while pursuing my Ph.D. The classes are tailored for me to start using existing datasets I have been wanting to analyze, now with guidance from my Professors. The program is tailored to the research interests of the students. Nashville is also an emerging vibrant city. I can take classes on weekdays and go across the street to Centennial Park to enjoy free music shows and theaters!