Undergraduate Institution: James Madison University- Sociology Major, Biology Minor
Why did you choose the Brown University School of Public Health?
Brown University School of Public Health is known for its top-tier faculty and alumni and their passion for solving public health issues. I wanted to be part of a cohort that works on high-quality research that will positively impact people's lives in communities like the one I grew up in. I believed Brown would give me the tools and opportunity to work on research to leverage my social and natural science background. I have not been disappointed by the academic challenge and personal growth that I have experienced since.
What makes Brown's program different from other programs you considered?
Brown University School of Public Health offers the opportunity to create your unique path with the generalist concentration, which I found appealing before deciding on Epidemiology. It was also essential to me to gain as much public health experience as possible while studying. Brown can provide that because of the close relationships with many organizations in Rhode Island, including the Rhode Island Department of Health.
I would be amiss not to mention the excellent School of Public Health team that are always accessible and supportive.
What do you enjoy most about your program?
Even though I started my time at Brown in a pandemic, I was still able to create connections and form a community. I enjoy the discussions with classmates that bring their vast array of experiences into class, enriching my public health education. With the regular talks, seminars, and dissertation defenses held, I hear first-hand from researchers at different parts of their career path, which is informative and motivating.
What is your academic area of interest, and why?
My academic interest lies in global epidemiological research, specifically regarding sexual and reproductive health in Sub-Saharan Africa. There are many knowledge gaps regarding this topic leading to adverse health outcomes. I hope to contribute to the evidence base for improved strategies that save lives, prevent illness and improve wellbeing.
What are your postgraduate goals/plans?
I hope to gain more experience working in the sexual and reproductive health field. I want to figure out how best I could contribute to improving access to quality sexual and reproductive healthcare services and achieve positive health outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa.
I love being around water, so a big selling point was the quick access to the many beaches of the Ocean State and Massachusetts. Providence is also a very walkable city and plenty of public transportation options.
What advice would you give to prospective applicants?
Ideally, your research interests match with topics professors at Brown University School of Public Health are currently or have previously worked on; make sure to reach out and ask questions, avoid making assumptions.