Undergraduate Institution: Oklahoma State University
Current Role: Adolescent Health Specialist, Youth Services of Tulsa
Why did you choose the Brown University School of Public Health?
I was drawn to the focus on global health, from international research opportunities to courses addressing health disparities and health care systems in lower- and middle-income countries.
What made Brown's program different from other programs you considered?
The diverse research opportunities in the area of sexual and reproductive health in the U.S. and abroad. I also appreciated the support I received during the application process.
What did you enjoy most about your program?
Meeting brilliant peers and having the opportunity to work with renowned researchers. I also enjoyed the constant support, positivity and freedom to explore ideas.
What was your academic area of interest and why?
Taking classes related to health care systems was eye opening. Coming from a behavioral background, these classes allowed me to understand the important role of health care systems on health.
What did you enjoy most about Providence?
1) The food culture! There are so many restaurants that are just phenomenal. 2) RISD Museum! A wonderful place to get coffee and experience amazing art exhibits by various artists. 3) RISD beach! Not exactly in PVD, but only 20 minutes away. It's an enchanting place to soak up the sun. 4) Queer-friendly!
What advice would you give to prospective applicants?
Reach out to professors to learn about their current projects to start thinking about research opportunities for your thesis. Do not hesitate to ask Joann Barao or Diane Schlacter to connect you with current or former students to learn more about the MPH program. Think about the skills you would gain from the classes you take, how you can apply them to your future career, and what course would stand out to an employer when you list it on a resume.