Public health, for me, is the endeavor to create a world in which all populations reach an ideal level of health and wellbeing.
While pursuing a degree in medicine, I realized that the values and practices of public health are vital for truly remedying current health issues.
My most rewarding experience would be when I helped an acquaintance quit smoking by applying the skills and knowledge I learned from my studies.
I would advise open-mindedness and flexibility. Public health is an extremely complex field and deals with issues that will require not only hard work, but passion and patience as well.
I think that public health should be focusing more on the fundamentals of health such as adequate nutrition and shelter, instead of “hot topic” issues such as insurance or vaccinations.