Undergraduate Institution: Brown University
Major: Public Health
Why did you choose the Brown University School of Public Health?
I chose Brown for a myriad of reasons. First and foremost, I appreciate the prioritization of student advising both inside and out of the classroom. The faculty are extremely willing to help you and want you to succeed! It is also very feasible to engage in research opportunities or work with the Rhode Island Department of Health on public health issues. These hands-on experiences have exposed me to real public health issues and have enhanced my learning. Rhode Island is a small state; therefore, it is easy to get involved with such pertinent issues.
What makes Brown’s program different from other programs you considered?
Brown’s program is different because I am able to partake in a five-year, dual degree program (UG/MPH). I have the ability to take master’s level classes in my undergraduate years at Brown; this has been a very unique and enriching experience for me. Likewise, I appreciate the individualized attention Brown provides their students and the university’s willingness to help students navigate the field of public health.
What do you enjoy most about your program?
My favorite part of the program has been the mentorship that I’ve developed in my undergraduate years at Brown and have been able to continue throughout the master’s program. For example, I feel very fortunate to have taken a class my junior year in epidemiology and now serve as a teaching assistant for this course as a senior and first year MPH student. These opportunities, both between professors and with my peers, are some of the highlights of the program.
What is your academic area of interest and why?
My academic interest is centered around the current obesity epidemic in the United States and its intersection and relationship with food insecurity. I am particularly interested in children and how their status of health can impact them in the long run. I am devoted to this field of study because obesity poses a threat to other comorbidities, such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes and cancer. Therefore, if we can work to alleviate the obesity epidemic with policies, better access to nutrition, and an understanding of healthy food choices, I think this can have a profound impact in the long run.
What are your postgraduate goals/plans?
At this time, I do not have a definitive plan after I finish the MPH program; however, I’d really like to help with the current obesity epidemic in the United States. I think it could be cool to work for a company or organization that devotes their time and energy to this public health crisis.
Funny enough, I grew up coming to the Rhode Island beaches and have always been fond of the Ocean State! Then, since attending Brown, I’ve learned to love the city of Providence. The coffee shops are great for an off-campus work spot (highly recommend The Shop and Wildflour). Also, if you ever need a weekend trip, Boston, the beaches, and New York are not too far away. Providence is truly a great spot to study and explore in, especially with your classmates!
What advice would you give to prospective applicants?
Before coming to Brown, I would do some preliminary research on the work of various professors. This way, you can get a feel for what you may be interested in and if it is something you can help out with! Also, it’s a great idea to converse with current students and hear how they are enjoying their time at Brown and what they are studying.