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What Students Are Saying

Here are what some of the SPH students are saying about the program.


Julie Ware"As a pediatrician, the one-on-one relationship with my patients and their families is precious to me, and extremely important for improved health outcomes. However, one-on-one doctor-patient relationships alone do not address the many different influences which directly affect health outcomes in my patients. The Master of Public Health program has opened my eyes to these many layers of influence and helped me realize that there is so much more I can do to help my patients, beyond the one-on-one necessary and beneficial care I try to provide in the office. The health of our public depends upon all health care practitioners looking beyond our offices and exam rooms, and reaching out to make a difference in our Public's Health."

 -Julie Ware M.D., Class of 2012 

"I felt passionate about the work I was doing in Haiti and I saw the difference I was making. It was during my MPH Practicum that I found my place in this great big world. I love Public Health!"

 -Janice Ballard, MPH 2011

“The MPH program's epidemiology concentration is the perfect avenue for me to explore my interest in the determinants and distribution of infectious diseases and health outcomes.  Through PHSA activities such as assisting with the free HIV testing at the Southern Heritage Classic, I have been able to connect with trainers and am now a certified community HIV testing counselor.  I love that I can take what I'm learning in the classroom and apply it to health promotion in my community.”

 -Dana Fitzgerald, MPH Class of 2011

“What I love about being in the Public Health program is that I get to learn, from leading professionals in the field, about the chemical, geological and epidemiological hazards that surround us today, how to protect ourselves and others from harm and how to respond in a crisis or event. I have no doubt that my experience and education in this program will provide excellent opportunities for me in the future!”

 -Katherine Miller, CHMM, Laboratory Safety Specialist in EH & S and Member of U of M Crisis Management Team, MPH Class of 2011

“Sustainability is an integral component of public health with regard to its environmental health implications since pollution (air, water, noise, etc.) has clear negative impacts on a population. STAD provides a welcoming venue for students, faculty, staff, and the community to educate themselves on the consequences of our behaviors and methods of abating our environmental impact.”

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 -Shahin Samiei, MPH Class of 2011

“The Urban Garden represents a progression in health. It gives the opportunity to improve the quality of life for each student, faculty, and staff member. I love that I can be apart of an organic garden  not only to enjoy the fruits of my labor, but to share and educate others. I hope that it will become a catalyst to begin other garden developments not only in this city, but at other universities to "create their own urban garden.”

 -Felicia Balding, MPH Class of 2011

“The School of Public Health is collaborating with the Student Athletics Department in a campus-wide initiative to educate students about the risks involved with the misuse of alcohol. Our True Blue Choices program utilizes a social norms approach to reduce students' misconceptions about alcohol consumption. Overall, this program seeks to create a safe and healthy learning environment for students, which is just one of the many objectives of Public Health.”

 -Mohsinah Usmani, MPH Class 2011

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