Amy Hunter

PhD in Epidemiology
Amy Hunter

I came to WVU as an undergraduate because I was impressed with the programs offered in STEM. I stayed because of the Mountaineer community.

What is your hometown, state/province and country?

Philadelphia, PA

Biographical Statement

A native of Philadelphia, I earned a Regents Bachelor of Arts and MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from WVU. I graduated with my PhD in Epidemiology in May 2017. My research during my PhD was supervised by Dr. Ian Rockett. It examined how child welfare policy impacts the risk for child maltreatment re-report and recurrence. As a complement to my dissertation research, I worked as a graduate research assistant for the WVU Injury Control Research Center. In this role, I was a research contributor for the development of injury resource guides for the state of West Virginia. I also served as co-editor of the Injury Prevention News. I am passionate about public health. During my time at WVU, I served as the President of the Gamma Mu Chapter of Delta Omega and also the Student co-chair and Student Liaison for the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services (ICEHS) section of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Outside of my academic interests, I am an accomplished violinist and avid traveler. I also am mother to two beautiful girls, Olivia and Sydney, both of whom have already become young public health advocates!

Why did you choose WVU?

I came to WVU as an undergraduate because I was impressed with the programs offered in STEM. I stayed because of the Mountaineer community.  

What does Public Health mean to you?

Now, more than ever, public health represents equality and hope. Our champions look beyond their differences to ensure that opportunities for health and wellness are evenly distributed. I am proud to stand beside them.