Andy Chuinard is the Master of Public Health Internship Coordinator. Before he assumed his role with the college in July, he worked for Benton County Health Department in prevention programs. Prior to that, Andy spent five years with WebMD Health Services working in client benefits management. He also spent time as an intern with OSU’s Male Advocates for Responsible Sexuality (MARS). He earned his bachelor’s degree in Public Health and his master’s in Public Health at OSU.
What made you decide to get into this field? Is there one specific moment that inspired your career path?
“I’m fascinated by the breadth of public health as a field. There are so many areas to get into. My favorite part is developing collaborative relationships because they are so critical to the success of public health initiatives. My undergraduate internship solidified my career path in public health because of the amazing people I worked with.”
Why did you choose to work at Oregon State/PHHS?
“OSU is a leader in so many areas. Being an accredited College of Public Health and Human Sciences shows that we are right there with the best. The students and faculty here are excellent, and I’m excited for the opportunity to be a part of it.”
What is your favorite part about working as an internship coordinator?
“Students come to this program from so many different backgrounds. They have so much to offer to the field. I’m privileged to work with them to find the best internship experiences for their professional and career development.”
What is your favorite part about working in the Office of Student Success?
“This office is amazing! Everyone here is passionate about students succeeding in their higher education pursuits. I encourage any CPHHS student, undergraduate or graduate, to come in and see what we have to offer.”
What do you believe is the greatest accomplishment you’ve had in your career so far?
“The professional relationships I’ve formed have helped me grow in ways that I never thought possible. Taking the time and energy to invest in relationships is something I encourage all students to do.”
How do you strive to affect people’s lives with your work?
“I believe in a service-first approach. CPHHS students will impact the world in untold ways. If I can serve them in even small ways through their education, then hopefully my work has made a difference.”
What is the best advice you ever received, and who gave it?
“Invest in your future self. My dad gave me this advice, and I try to take time, even if only small amounts, to do something every day to this end.”
What is one surprising thing about you that not many people know?
“I formerly competed in national yo-yo competitions (look it up on YouTube!). It’s a super fun hobby and it’s progressed in crazy ways over the last 20 years.”
What are your favorite activities outside of work?
“I like to do home improvement projects and I’m an amateur woodworker. My spouse and I play soccer and I love a good TV or Netflix series. I’m also a proud papa and my child just learned to ride a bike.”