|Father and son become classmates|
|June 22, 2012|
Commencement at UNC-CH this spring featured an unusual pair of graduates. Cody Schwartz completed his medical training, which included a Master's of Public Health (MPH) through the Public Health Leadership Program's Health Care and Prevention Concentration; the same day, his father Chris received his Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) from the Health Policy and Management department.
journeys through graduate school had included another coincidence--in the 2011 spring semester, they took the same environmental science course in the Gillings School of Global Public Health.
they were both taking courses in the School, Cody wrote in an email, "It was
inevitable that we would run into each other at some point. The biggest surprise was that our
assignments were mostly group-based and the groups were determined
alphabetically. So naturally, two people
with the same last name are going to be in the same group. "
course was online, so they didn't see each other regularly in class, but they
were working together closely, if virtually. "I think that we worked well as a team, as I know his style and he knows
mine," Cody wrote. "Let's just say we
never turned in anything late."
Chris Schwartz's nature is more competitive than his son's, according to Cody--"I'm a more laid back and big picture type"--and the younger Schwartz admitted he didn't tell his father the grades he got (Cody, it should be noted, was awarded membership this year in Delta Omega, the public health national honor society, for his outstanding scholarship). But their different styles made for a good group dynamic.
Both father and son will be putting their education to work
here in North Carolina. Chris works for
GlaxoSmithKline in RTP as a marketing research manager, while his son is
entering his first year of internal medicine residency at UNC Hospitals before
beginning a diagnostic radiology residency. When asked about future plans, though, Cody mused that since "this
course went so well, maybe we'll think about starting a family business."
|Last updated June 22, 2012|