Public health means to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals.
I was inspired to study public health by mentoring elementary students in a disadvantaged area in NJ. Through the personal relationship I built with those students, I realized the effect we as individuals can have on others. I knew that I wanted to make a bigger impact in the lives of others.
The most rewarding part of my studies so far has been the relationships I have made through interviewing participants in my research studies. I am always amazed on how open and welcoming each individual is about their experiences and their willingness to share all aspects of their health. I appreciate deeply the trust they have on us as researchers to make a difference in their lives and those of others.
Take time to find your passion within public health. Don’t be afraid to use your professors and fellow peers as a resource to understand what personally drives you to make a difference.
The biggest challenges in the field of public health are health disparities with minority and underserved populations.