Public health, to me, is a platform to advocate for those who need it and an inclusive community where people are accepted and valued regardless of their race, sexuality, and gender.
Public Health is the intersection of several disciplines - biology, statistics, psychology, social sciences, and communications, just to name a few – with the purpose of positively impacting health in the larger population; health, in this context, includes not just the prevention and treatment of disease, but also the larger goal of promoting overall physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being.
Public Health to me is the means to give people the access and the tools to live a healthy and successful life, which includes health education, access to healthcare services, and adequate, thorough health care.
Public health is perspective from which to study, understand, and improve the complex ways people interact with their self, community, environment, and policies that influence multidimensional health, from the individual level to the global population.
To me, public health is the combination of social and healthcare services and workforces which strive to create healthy communities; prevent and respond to illness and injury; and promote health equity.
Public health, to me, can be epitomized by throwing a small stone into still water such that the ripple effects of one seemingly small action can reach out and touch all aspects of the shore--that is, all the many lives around us.
Public health is the ongoing, organized effort to develop environments for all people to feel whole, including identifying and changing conditions in conflict with this goal.
Public health to me is the overall initiative to better the health of our communities and population through science-based research, health promotion programing and education.
Public health is the study, promotion, and advocacy of all health matters, including mental and physical health as well as the societal factors that influence safety and well-being.
Public health is the science that promotes prevention and safety of improving the health of communities through education, advocacy, and research for disease prevention at an individual and population level.
Public Health is a field that aims to improve health outcomes in populations--whether locally or globally--through intersectoral collaboratives focused on prevention, education, and research.
I see public health as an interdisciplinary force that aims to improve health and wellness by building up community resources thereby improving the overall health of the nation.
Public health is a committed, collaborative effort to investigate and address the “who, what, where, when, why, and how” of achieving optimal health & well-being across all populations.
Whether it be through advocacy, programming, or by simply lending a helping hand, public health to me is about addressing the barriers and needs of a population in order to enable them to have optimal physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health.
Public health, to me, describes a public system--an overarching umbrella--which is made up of specialists trained in specific areas with the common goal: to keep the people it serves, including the environment and all its creatures, safe, and efficiently running without prejudice, without hate, without political bias, and with a constant eye on how we can do better, be better, and prepare better in the future.
Public health is the interdisciplinary field of study whose sole purpose is to investigate, inform, and intervene on any subject that causes harm to the health of the mass population.
Public health focuses on the health inequities and injustices that disproportionately affect people and strive to improve the health and well being of those communities, the environment, and social structures.
Public health to me is not just the social, economic, judicial, medical, and biological factors that contribute to individual and community well-being, but also finding where we can contribute to and bolster the systems that support this well-being.
To me, public health is the opportunity to extend humanity towards others and connect individuals, community and populations together through shared compassion and recognized interdependence.
Public health describes a dynamic field that engages people from many different disciplines to understand, address, and intervene on the complex drivers of human health and disease.
My decision to study public health was inspired by the possibility of make changes improving health status on the population, impacting a lot of people and not only at individual level.
Public Health affords the opportunity to reach the unreached, thereby impacting lives and ensuring that people don't become victims of diseases that can be prevented.
It will be important for the next generation to translate the amazing stuff we are doing in public health in a way that gets government leaders attention and promotes investment in a robust public health infrastructure.
My concentration is Epidemiology and I'm interested in utilizing data analytics to streamline screening and surveillance systems, specifically for vulnerable and underserved populations.
I hope that in my future role as an health administrator, I can help develop and implement initiatives and interventions that promote better practices on a patient- and community-level.
I believe that if we focus on housing/quality of living conditions at a global level, many other issues would start to self-correct a bit or, at the very least, help to narrow the scope of what the next steps could be.
My passion and interests relating to what I believe is one of the biggest public health threats facing the world today is that of vaccine hesitancy and antibiotic/antimicrobial resistance.
Being able to work together in a setting that utilized teamwork and allowed me to significantly impact patients lives while I worked in a pediatric Emergency Department was the most rewarding experience of my career so far.
It is our job as health professionals to constructively correct the misinformation that exists and innovatively reach communities that do not have adequate access to vaccinations.
The public health issue that I see as most pressing right now is that im/migration is not explicitly viewed nor treated by our government as a public health issue, but rather as a "national security threat".
I aspire to be a physician but want to learn more than how to prescribe medicine and treat individuals. I want to make a larger impact, so learning social determinants of health is important to me, so that I can ensure that I can provide the best care for all patients. Public health provides the foundation for practicing preventative medicine, which is crucial for overall wellness in a community.
My research interests primarily revolve around infectious diseases and emergency preparedness, which kind of tie into what I believe to be one of the biggest public health threats.
I was fortunate enough to study both biology and Spanish during my undergraduate career. The intersection of health and culture has always been of interest to me. Public health was the perfect field to study acculturation and all the other factors that influence health.
I read "The Hot Zone" by Richard Preston in high school and realized that I was fascinated by epidemiology and how researchers work to track down the sources of disease and how they use that knowledge to implement future prevention strategies.
Growing up on Chicago’s Southside (a heavily industrialized area) and obtaining my BA in Environmental Studies from DePaul gave me a lot of exposure to the detrimental effects of anthropogenic pollutants and climate change. I felt that I needed to further prepare myself to tackle these issues by attending one of the best schools in this nation that address and dedicate their time to protecting the public’s health--this is what inspired me to study public health.
The most rewarding experience in my public health career thus far has been my role in community organizing on behalf of a non-profit policy advocacy organization in Los Angeles focused on advancing federal and state policies that promote reproductive justice within the Latina/x community. Truly, working in partnership with the community and cultivating grassroots support for policies that promote health within the Latina/x community has been thrilling.
The most rewarding experience has been becoming aware of a different view of medicine regarding our entire country and world. And learning how health disparities and inequities continue the cycle of sickness, poverty, and mortality.
I was inspired by a professor who explained upstream and downstream determinants of health to me. When I realized that I could make a much greater impact by focusing on population health as opposed to individual health, I chose public health and haven't looked back since.
A professor at my undergrad institution explained to me the upstream versus downstream approach to solving problems. Public health has the ability to be upstream and thereby preventing problems in the first place which is why I fell in love with it. I am helping people before they even know they need it.
I was inspired to go into public health during a microbiology conference- outbreak investigations and the relationship between bench science and population health is fascinating and rewarding.
By helping with changing a policy or coming up with a way to prevent a specific disease, not only am I able to improve the quality of health for the public but I am able to affect far more people than ever imaginable because of the population health aspect that public health brings to the table.
Growing up in a vulnerable population with many health disparities pushed me to take action at the forefront and help create opportunities at the population level through public health improvement.
Public health was the perfect intersection between my social justice interests and my passion for STEM (specifically medicine and human health), and offered the opportunity to target grave health equity issues on a population-health level.
Understanding and positively impacting issues of equity regarding access, healthy behaviors and preventative care, and the correlation to health disparities fuels my interest and passion for the elimination of these disparities.
My interest in public health, and epidemiologic research in particular, began in my first research role after just graduating with my undergraduate degree. Formative projects focused on understanding the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among children and incarcerated women and demonstrating the utility of minimally invasive and highly sensitive diagnostic methods in these vulnerable populations.
After visiting a small, under privileged community in Honduras I understood that Public Health is the most important area of study that I could use to one day help another human being.
The single most rewarding experience of my studies so far has been seeing how the work I'm doing is actually impacting lives, and that individuals are disseminating this information to others.
I worked clinically in healthcare during my year off, and was often frustrated by the things I could not help my patients with during that time. I decided to go into public health to try to change the system of healthcare more broadly, instead of impacting the patient experience one patient at a time.
The single most rewarding experience of my studies so far was helping a doctor provide care and education to orphanages in Togo. Just witnessing the relief on the child care giver's face as the doctor worked with patients was heart warming.
Public health is an art and a science. It focuses on trends in health issues which can be addressed through creative means. Public health places people, families and communities at the center of solutions. And I believe in people.
The Interdisciplinary Student Community-Oriented Prevention Enhancement Service (ISCOPES) is perhaps one of the most rewarding experience thus far. It is experiential learning, public health practice experience where one works with interdisciplinary teams of graduate students from different academic areas to serve marginalized and underserved communities in Washington, D.C.
Knowing that there's an opportunity to harness rapidly evolving technologies to solve public health problems that have plagued the world for decades inspired me to study public health.
I am especially proud of the time I spent prior to graduate school when I developed a network and resource center for community gardens in Greenville, SC; it has been my most rewarding public health experience so far.
I had always been interested in health and medicine, but wasn't interested in becoming a doctor. Public health was the perfect fit for me and the interdisciplinary nature of the field is really what motivated me to study public health. Public health encompasses so many things and I love being able to work on diverse projects with people from a whole range of backgrounds.
When I became a mother, I found myself in a perpetual information-gathering mode, and feeling like I needed to advocate for myself and my children in order to ensure our best health outcomes. The system wasn’t serving us, rather it was serving its own interests. I became passionate about supporting other mothers, which led to educating healthcare providers, which illuminated a need for more researchers and policymakers. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding spurred me to leave my previous career and pursue my MPH. I wanted to contribute meaningfully to an initiative like that.
My inspiration to study public health was driven by my love of healthcare, and helping my peers. When I did not get accepted to physical therapy school, my heart was broken. I knew I loved every aspect of healthcare, and I thought that physical therapy was the only option I had to make a difference in others’ lives. I stumbled upon an acquaintance who was studying public health, and he encouraged me to seek more information on schools and what public health was all about. I did some research, contacted some faculty members, fell in love, and immediately knew that everything had worked out like it was supposed to.
I’ve always enjoyed helping people at the individual level whether it’s feeding the homeless or being a reading buddy at an after-school reading program. Public health encompasses so many of these things, but on a greater scale. I was really inspired by my husband to pursue my public health degree. As a dental student, he explained to me the many health disparities associated with oral health and the devastating impacts poor oral health can have on an individual’s life. This has inspired me to pursue a career in this unique field.
My desire to make meaningful changes by challenging misinformed perceptions of health is fostered by the way that public health enables people to see how individuals are impacted by systems. I wanted to focus on an interdisciplinary field of study, and public health engages both the biologist and political scientist in me.
While I was on the pre-med track in college, I was not quite sure if medicine is something I would like to do for the rest of my life. One day, I was chatting with a friend from Stanford University, and as I was telling him about my concerns, he asked me, “Do you want to save one person at a time, or a million people at the same time?” And my answer was: “A million people.” This is what inspired me to study public health.
The thought of seeing people suffering pains me, because I know I would not want to live that life. My passion involves helping the underserved and providing them with tools to live healthier lives. I became interested as a child, after seeing many of my family being diagnosed with and die from chronic diseases, and from shadowing my mother in the hospital. Each encounter with ailing patients piqued my curiosity in discovering what I could contribute to their healing. As a result, I felt that public health would enable me to address determinants leading to the top causes of death today.
I became interested in public health while I was doing my internship at the Medical Center of Plano during my undergraduate studies. Being able to serve others while performing daily wellness screenings at schools, hospitals, and health fairs made me develop a passion for the field.
I watched my parents struggle with unfair policies concerning their workload, payment, and retirement. I also watched my sister work for a temp job company and suffer from the stress of low pay and unstable hours. Watching this, and understanding how every factor related to their job and environments affected their life, and health, made me wonder "how can I help fix this?" This is how I ended up pursuing a master’s degree in industrial hygiene, and eventually my doctoral degree in public health.
I was first inspired by public health when I was in dental hygiene school. I rotated through various dental mobile vans and health department dental clinics and was exposed to a population of patients whom needed my services more than those I had seen in a private practice office. These experiences inspired me to study the field of public health and pursue a career in dental public health. It is in this field that I find my work to be most appreciated and, in turn, most rewarding.
I pursued a global health minor in my undergraduate studies, but it was really the three years that I spent in the health sector with the Peace Corps that solidified my interest in making this my career. I worked in Mali and Burkina Faso, two West African countries struggling with very serious burdens of maternal and child mortality. I lived in isolated rural communities working to support the primary health structures, first as a health education specialist and later as a nutrition specialist and trainer. This period of my life, and the sense of energy and purpose I derived from this sort of work, pointed me in the direction of health and development, and I haven't looked back.
I was inspired to study public health by mentoring elementary students in a disadvantaged area in New Jersey. 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.
I am extremely passionate about the biological and social aspects of disease, especially among underprivileged and displaced populations. The human impact on disease, and in turn the impact diseases have on both individuals and global populations, has always been of great interest to me. Since taking a course entitled “History and Evolution of Infectious Diseases” as an undergraduate, I have wanted to further study these interactions, as well as their social, economic, and political implications. As a physical anthropologist, I thought I wanted to apply this knowledge to historical populations and study diseases present in archaeological remains, but my time as an intern at the Florida Museum of Natural History proved otherwise. Working with remains all day and having no interaction with a living population was extremely unsatisfying; after several meetings with advisors I realized that in order to enjoy what I was studying, I needed to be involved with a contemporary population that could still experience growth and change. Working towards an integration of anthropology and microbiological sciences is one of my ultimate goals, something I knew the interdisciplinary approach of public health would facilitate.
In public health the focus is placed on helping populations, and not at the level of the individual. The ability to help improve the health of entire communities or populations is what inspired me to study public health. It isn’t just the interaction between a physician and their patient but an entire system of policies and practices that influence the health of nations. I was also intrigued to learn about the extremely wide range of environmental factors which can influence disease or adversely affect human health, and how these overlap and intertwine with other aspects of public health.
I grew up in a country where preventable diseases were the top causes of disability and death. I understood early on how education, health seeking patterns and access to care could impact people’s health. I was inspired to pursue public health to have a professional grasp of the factors affecting population health and well-being.
My motivation for a career in public health started with witnessing my mother care for war traumatized women and children in my village. Growing up in a war torn country - Sierra Leone, I was plagued by sickness, hunger, and distress. There was a wide-spread epidemic of diseases, such as malaria, Lassa fever, and typhoid fever. I watched many children suffer and die from disease and poverty. The memories of blood, open wounds and cries still linger in my mind. Consequently, that experience motivated me to embark on a career to help protect the health and well-being of people.
“What” is really more of a “who” for me. During my senior year of college, my undergraduate research friends and I were discussing what we wanted to do after graduation. A dear friend named Mattie discussed how she wanted to pursue a MPH. Although I knew that “MPH” stood for master of public health, I never really had a grasp as to what public health stood for. As Mattie described the essence of public health, that light bulb moment happened and everything just clicked and I knew that public health was the field for me.
During my undergraduate career I volunteered in the communities of Trujillo and Agallpampa, Peru and fell in love with the experiences I had helping people through parasite prevention, education and establishing free weekend health clinics.
Global health is a combined effort that involves people from all walks of life; from nurses and tribal healers to translators and farmers. I want to be a part of their integrated efforts to support public health. Additionally, my volunteer work with a Special Olympics team showed me the importance of inclusivity and the power of compromise.
One of my favorite and most rewarding public health memories was planning an on-campus panel on the Affordable Care Act that many students from a variety of disciplines attended. I was thrilled to see so many of my peers take a proactive approach to their health, and I was proud of my group for being able to understand the interests of our audience to effectively create an event that had such positive outcomes. Everyone left the event more educated and with an increased interest in benefitting the nations’ health, rather than simply their own health. I was happy to share that core message of public health with my peers.
I was inspired to study public health after volunteering with a medical clinic for the homeless in New Mexico. Working with disadvantaged populations who visited the clinic, I realized that as a public health professional, I could directly affect whole communities as well as individuals. The notion that as a public health professional we can grapple with and conquer large health issues, and change not only our lives but the lives of entire populations, is what inspired me to study public health.
Growing up in a family of physicians, I always had a firm interest in the field of medicine. However, within the medical field, I was looking for a discipline that tested creativity, imagination, innovation, and leadership. I was first inspired by public health when I committed to pursuing it as a major during my undergraduate career. I still remember the first group advising session, when the Dean of the program introduced the idea of preventative medicine. The focus was shifted from finding a cure to preventing the problem, which was fresh and exciting. Over time, through various leadership roles, public health became my passion, and led me to my purpose and long-term goal of improving quality of life and making a difference on both the micro and macro level; even if it’s one patient, one community, and one nation at a time.
I aspire to improve the overall health and well-being of populations through public health practice. Previously as a pre-med student, I dreamed of navigating patients through their ailments and health issues. However, I came to realize I wanted to use my skills and talents to create an impact and positive change in groups instead of individuals, and be able to empower individuals and populations so that they can be their own health navigators.
There are two important things that inspired me to engage in public health. The first was the dramatic increase in asthma among Puerto Rican children - including my niece, who has an asthma attack every time a Saharan dust event impacts the Island. Secondly, as an island resident, I became concerned about climate change, how it has a big impact among different populations, and how children and elderly are affected the most. These encouraged me to complete a master’s degree in environmental health and pursue a doctorate program in public health.
While I was working with a tribal community for Child Protective Services in Arizona, I observed that families were often in a perpetual cycle of violence, and drug and alcohol abuse. I worked with them to recover and heal from this cycle of abuse and reunite their families. While in this position, I realized the need for a call to action; many times I felt I was putting a Band-Aid over deep rooted issues with an emphasis on downstream approaches, however I felt myself looking for more upstream approaches to help these families recover.
What inspired me to study public health is the multifaceted approach involved in solving health problems in a community. As an undergraduate I studied environmental science and had a strong interest in promoting healthy living environments for the underprivileged. As a student in public health I am learning the potential of environmental health to help the most vulnerable; this is what motivates me every step of the way.
Public health is my passion. It is the ability to systematically identify and prevent disease through collaboration between interdisciplinary teams, communities, and populations.
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.
Public health is an ecosystem that is always changing—with different communities, cultures, and stakeholders—all of which have a vested interest in making a population healthy from the start.
I was involved in a group project which entailed novel vaccine delivery in Nigeria. We settled on using decommissioned military drones for delivery of vaccines ... It was a really challenging project but I learned so much.
As a young Hispanic woman, I identified myself with many of my patients and before I knew it I was being part of programs that focused on prevention and treatment of chronic diseases for minorities.
I grew up in a country where access to adequate health care is a luxury. Too many times, I have witnessed the loss of life in Haiti due to the lack of proper medical care and limited access to medical facilities.
Having worked for many years in graphic design and advertising, I understand the power of branding when it comes to moving public opinion, and I wanted to apply that knowledge to medicine and public health.
Prior to starting my public health program, I worked with underserved communities of the Washington, DC metropolitan region. It was during this time that I became increasingly aware of the disparities populations face, these ranging from poverty to harrowing experiences of human trafficking. Being among people who have lived through these experiences is what inspired me to become a public health leader. Their voices are what instilled the passion to craft effective, empowering, and culturally competent solutions to attenuate the health disparities among vulnerable populations.
A passion for understanding the experiences of people living with chronic illnesses inspired me to study public health. Diabetes is a special area of interest for me. It impacts the well-being of individuals and populations and thus is a significant public health concern.