• A No-Frills Look at Life After the MPH

    A No-Frills Look at Life After the MPH

    School challenges you intellectually, destroys your sleep schedule and kills your social life. And yet, it becomes a major part of your identity. Finishing the MPH program was everything I imagined it would be. I felt accomplished and content. But there’s something about finishing school that’s unsettling. So many expectations build up when earning a …

  • Sexting and My Thesis

    Sexting and My Thesis

    The final year of my MPH program consisted of building knowledge on the principles of health advocacy, health promotion and sexting. No, that last one wasn’t a typo (though spell check seems to think so). The emerging topic, sexting, was the subject of my two-year long, capstone adventure into the realm of research, statistics and …

  • The Highly Anticipated Culminating Experience

    The Highly Anticipated Culminating Experience

    As I found out, not only is graduate school a sequence of advanced courses in health topics, it also includes a final project, thesis or comprehensive exam meant to exemplify the skills and knowledge gained in the program. The culminating experience is a testament of student proficiency level, but it’s also much more. It’s an …

  • Revisiting My Undergraduate: Part Two

    Revisiting My Undergraduate: Part Two

    My first public health class was human sexuality. The class itself was a big question mark for me (would it be a breeze, a la high school health class?), but I was intrigued and chose it. Many of my classmates were ready to dish on positions, foreplay and other salacious topics. Instead, what we got …

  • Revisiting My Undergraduate, Part One

    Revisiting My Undergraduate, Part One

    College began for me at the tender age of 17. It’s not that I had skipped a grade; I was just born late in the year, meaning I’ve always been the youngest in my class. That being said, I did kill on the STAR exam in elementary school ― so I like to think age …

  • 2014 PUBLIC HEALTH YEAR-IN-REVIEW: PART 5

    2014 PUBLIC HEALTH YEAR-IN-REVIEW: PART 5

    This post concludes the Year-In-Review Series, which has looked at the ten most significant public health moments of 2014. Last week we examined the increased use of e-cigarettes and major advances in HIV prevention. We close our list by looking at the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the rampant Ebola outbreak. 9. Healthcare …

  • 2014 Public Health Year-in-Review: Part 4

    2014 Public Health Year-in-Review: Part 4

    With so many significant health moments in 2014, I’m going to double-up the issues discussed in this week’s post for an extra dose of our year in review series. 7. Blowing Smoke: The Research Behind E-cigarettes The popularity of e-cigarettes skyrocketed in 2014, as the smoke-free nicotine delivery device gained traction with the younger generation. …

  • 2014 Public Health Year-in-Review: Part 3

    2014 Public Health Year-in-Review: Part 3

    The Top Ten Biggest Public Health Issues of 2014 continues this week with a look at more moments in health that made this year memorable. The reframing of public health in the past year begins with the “T” in LGBT: 5. Transforming Health for Transgendered Populations Those who are transgendered have long faced the burden …

  • 2014 Public Health Year-in-Review: Part 2

    2014 Public Health Year-in-Review: Part 2

    Last week, we started off the Top Ten Biggest Public Health Issues of 2014 by examining the shortage in general practitioners and the increase in digitized health records. This week let’s take a look at two more health issues that have impacted public health in the past year. 3. National Health Disparities Health disparities are …

  • 2014 Public Health Year-in-Review: Part 1

    2014 Public Health Year-in-Review: Part 1

    As 2014 comes to an end, it’s time to reflect on public health issues that have made a significant impact in the field of health. The next 4 weeks will be part of a year-in-review series of the Ten Biggest Public Health Issues of 2014. This week lets take a look at two health matters …