Mam Jarra Gai, MPH

Boston University School of Public Health
Epidemiology & Biostatistics

1.       In one sentence, what is public health to you?

Public health is working together on a local, national and international level to help ameliorate the health of the population as a whole.

2.       What inspired you to study public health?

I was inspired by the ability to be able to reach a wider audience, one health problem at a time.

3.       What has been the single most rewarding experience of your career/studies so far?

The most rewarding experience has been being able to see and understand the work process behind most public health research.

4.       What is the one piece of advice you wish someone had given you when you were starting out in public health?

I wish someone would have told me that there is a huge range of different fields within public health that one can study, research them and know that you can combine different fields to find your balance.

5.       What do you think is the biggest challenge that the public health field should be focusing on?

We should focus on how we can implement and sustain the solutions that we do come up with within the field.