Descriptive Epi

Indiana epidemiology Newsletter
March 2008

Photo of Michael WadeName: Michael Wade   

Position:  Syndromic Surveillance Epidemiologist – leads the Public Health Emergency Surveillance System (PHESS)

Education: BS, MS – University of Florida; MPH – Indiana University in Indianapolis

How did you get started in public health?

My career path in health started when I volunteered with an ambulance service. After that, it was crystal clear that helping those in need was “It” for me.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Knowing that we are working to meet an important mission—protecting the public’s health.

What is a typical day like for you?

My days vary, which is what makes my job enjoyable.  I analyze a lot of syndromic data looking for unexpected elevations.  I also get to work with a great team, continually working to refine and improve the PHESS.  My work also allows me to interact with hospitals, local health departments, researchers, and academic institutions.

What is your ideal vacation?

Spending a week with my wife at the beach with a couple of good books—and eating at least one fresh grouper/Reuben sandwich!

Favorite hobby?

Running, though I recently developed some low back pain that has me walking these days, but I’ll take what I can get.  Hiking/Bird watching—great time I can share with my wife.  And there are never enough books to read….!