Brittney Lange - Maia, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor
Preventive Medicine, Rush Medical College
Role: Researcher
Joined Rush in 2015


I am an epidemiologist and have strong research interests in health equity, aging, and physical activity.
What inspired you to get into your field?

I’ve always liked working with numbers. When I learned about the field of epidemiology and what it means to study health at the population level, I knew I had found my path.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

I love Rush’s commitment to the community.

What is your opinion of mentoring and sponsorship? Please comment about your experiences.

I would not be where I am today if it hadn’t been for good mentors who helped me find my way.

Do you have tips or advice you would recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

Find a topic that excites you, and go from there. Getting a PhD is a long road, and if you don’t love what you do, you are doing a disservice to yourself.

What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your free time?

I love animals, and I spend a lot of my free time volunteering with One Tail at a Time dog rescue. I also volunteer with the Birthday Party Project, a nonprofit that throws birthday parties for kids in homeless shelters. Volunteering has helped me meet a ton of great people, and it helped me make friends when I was new to Chicago.