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Outbreaks and oil booms

Tracy Miller doesn’t like to be boxed in, whether it’s on the road or on the job. While the Montana native enjoyed her time in the Twin Cities as an SPH student and staffer at the Minnesota Department of Health, she says she was happy to leave the city traffic behind for a position as a field epidemiologist at the North Dakota Department of Health. In the next dozen years, Miller worked her way up through the state agency, always looking to expand her duties along the way.

Last November she was appointed state epidemiologist. It’s a position that allows her to combine traditional skills with projects that wouldn’t necessarily be available to her at a larger health department. For instance, Miller is tracking the health implications of the state’s incredible oil boom.

Read more in Advances Magazine.

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