Alumni Profile: Jhoan Dutton, BPH Class of 2019

July 09, 2019

Born in Cali, Colombia, and raised in Nashville, Tenn., recent Bachelor of Public Health graduate Jhoan Dutton chose the University of Kentucky College of Public Health for the opportunity to “learn tangible things applicable to [my] future goals.” What he found at CPH was not just knowledge, but the opportunity to contribute to knowledge formation through research.


In April 2019, Jhoan received the CPH Undergraduate Research Award for his contributions. As a student researcher, Jhoan made an impact as part of two studies conducted by the Rural Cancer Prevention Center (RCPC). Working closely with RCPC associate director Tom Collins, Jhoan undertook data management and analysis for research with the potential to impact health policy in Kentucky and beyond. As part of another project at CPH, Jhoan gained experience in grant writing while assisting with protocol development for a study focused on reproductive health services for women with opioid use disorder.


“My advice for future students is to take on every opportunity. Ask your professors if you can help with research, be a TA, or do an internship. Also, take risks. I’ve pushed away self-doubt and put myself out there—and the returns have been incredible.”