What inspired you to study public health?
I am very proud to attend an institution that has a designated track for undergraduates interested in public health, but I know that this is not the case everywhere. Therefore, there are so many students that are unfamiliar with public health and its many sub-disciplines. I would encourage science- or math-focused high school students and college undergraduates everywhere to learn about the discipline of public health – it may just be their perfect fit.
What do you think is the biggest challenge that the public health field should be focusing on?
While vaccine hesitancy has been a public health concern for a long time, the recent events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic have brought it to the forefront of scientific and public awareness. As a health behavior, vaccine hesitancy is an immensely complex phenomenon that does not have a one-size-fits-all solution. However, it must be addressed, as the outcomes of continuing or increasing vaccine hesitancy have the potential to be long-reaching and long-lasting.