Ruxshin Amooyan




Educational Background

Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc.) in Public Health and Safety from Ryerson University

Public Health Area of Interest

My public health interests are in the areas of food safety and foodborne diseases. I'm also interested in climate change and its impacts on public health especially vectorborne diseases, emerging public health threats, and environmental health.

Practicum Project

I completed my MPH practicum with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) at the Centre for Foodborne, Enviornmental, and Zoonotic Diseases (CFEZD). I worked closely with the Foodborne Disease and AMR Surveillance Division (FDASD) to analyze and determine significant risk factors associated with several enteric diseases such as campylobacteriosis and salmonellosis among others. To achieve this, I conducted a descriptive analysis of FoodNet Canada's (FNC) endemic enteric disease cases spanning from 2015 to 2018 to determine what type of exposures cases were reporting more frequently among the different diseases being explored. The descriptive analysis was further analyzed using epidemiological methods to determine what specific exposures (i.e.risk factors) were significantly associated with different enteric diseases.

Practicum Location

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), Guelph, ON

Favourite Aspect of the Program to Date

There are several aspects of this MPH program that I really like. One of them is the practicum component, where you can use all the information and skills you gained throughout the first two semesters at a public health organization and gain experience. I also like that the program is mostly based on general public health topics/courses that touch base on all kinds of things ranging from epidemiology to health promotion/communication to infectious diseases. However, a student can also choose electives if they want to specialize on a topic like epidemiology.