Kathleen is a Research Specialist with the Institute for Health Policy with an adjunct appointment in the Department of Epidemiology. She holds undergraduate degrees in Microbiology and Nursing, and master's and doctoral degrees in Epidemiology. Dr. Oberst’s clinical background is in medical-surgical care, emergency nursing and pre-hospital emergency care. She has over ten years of experience in health care quality improvement in both the acute inpatient and managed care settings. She is a Professional Emergency Manager and has also earned Professional certification from the Academy for Healthcare Management. She successfully completed the International Committee of the Red Cross' Health Emergencies in Large Populations course sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health along with an internship with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's Disaster Epidemiology team. Dr. Oberst’s research interests include disability, cancer survivorship and vulnerable populations in disasters. Over the past year, she has also begun work in the area of Health Information Exchange. She participates with the Membership Committee for the American College of Epidemiology and is also a member of the Society for Epidemiologic Research. Additionally, Dr. Oberst served as President of the Michigan Public Health Association and editorial board member of the Michigan Journal of Public Health.