To me, public health is preventing the spread of disease, one case at a time.
My passion for public health stems from my belief that we are to treat others how we would like to be treated and I wouldn’t want to be hungry, drinking contaminated water or dying of a preventable disease.
A little over two years ago, I was a part of a medical team that traveled to Coffee Bay, South Africa. While in this rural community, my team partnered with the health department and a local christian ministry to set up a temporary clinic to provide HIV, STD, TB and malaria screenings to over 3,000 men, women and children as well as provide these patients with the necessary treatments. After returning from South Africa I moved to Miami to begin earning my Master of Public Health degree. I was shocked to discover that the same poverty and disease that I saw in Coffee Bay were also in Miami. This experience is just one of many that drive my passion for protecting global health through public health surveillance and epidemiology.
Don’t confine yourself to just one area of public health. Chances are that what you are interested in pursuing on your first day of graduate school won’t be what you are doing on your last day.
Making sure every man, woman, and child has access to clean water. From a public health perspective, if people had clean water the number of enteric diseases would be reduced, children under five wouldn’t die from diarrhea and dehydration as a result of unclean water, and we would be able to prevent the further spread of diseases through hand washing.