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Introduction to the Vaccines Fellowship

Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Overview

Meet Our Inaugural Pfizer Medical Vaccine Fellows
Nguhemen Tingir Monica Ochapa
Nguhemen Tingir Monica Ochapa

“It [the fellowship] is of tremendous importance that companies like Pfizer engage HBCUs and foster greater diversity among BIPOC talent because it provides the opportunity to level the playing field and create a more equitable society for the future.”      

“…[The fellowship] will provide me with a platform to advance solutions for health inequity, increase healthcare for underserved populations, and create innovative approaches to disease prevention through public health research and practice."       

“This landmark partnership with Maryland’s preeminent public urban research university is the seminal public health fellowship within the Pfizer Biopharma organization,” said Ronika Alexander-Parrish, RN, MAEd clinical scientist at Pfizer, founding director of the Doctor of Public Health Fellowship in Vaccines Medical Development and graduate from Morgan’s SCHP DrPH program. “There are fewer than five HBCUs with DrPH programs in the United States. As such, we recognize and appreciate the unique value this fellowship brings to both Pfizer and Morgan.”

The fellowship leadership team consists of strong advocates for the fellows, including executive sponsors, program directors, and preceptors. The engagement and network opportunities with these key constituents within Pfizer’s network will be critical. Among the core competencies fellows will enhance through participation in the program include:

  • Partnering with key thought leaders, professional societies, and patient and disease advocacy groups to better understand and gain insights into areas of unmet medical need for patients
  • Understanding and interpreting clinical data, emerging scientific trends, and the competitive landscape, and align internal stakeholders on a balanced benefit-risk proposition
  • Performing in-depth research, analysis, and interpretation of the medical literature from both external and internal sources
  • Providing input regarding the development of medical publications and ensure the scientific accuracy of manuscripts
  • Supporting appropriate dissemination of clinical trial results and real-world evidence

2022 Morgan State University Doctor of Public Health Fellowship
in Vaccines Medical Development

Designed to merge public-health stratgy and leadership with industry skills and acumen, the two year immersive felowship provides a unique opportunity to work in areas of vaccines medical, clinical, an dscientific affairs and real world evidence. The fellow will be afforded the opportunity to:

  • Develop therapy area expertise
  • Engage with the scientific community
  • Build technical and professional skills

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