Sustainability and Global Environmental Health
Class of 2013
I did my undergraduate with a major in Psychobiology and a minor in chemistry at Wheaton College (MA). As an undergraduate I did laboratory work in reproductive neurobiology and volunteered in a community hospital ER. I really wanted to bridge research with clinical work so after college I accepted a position to work at the Human Genetics Service of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center that combined clinical experiences with bench work. I worked mainly with BRCA positive patients and recruited patients for genetic studies as well as collected and extracted their DNA. I was able to co-author seven papers and three abstracts during my time at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. My interests and career goals in EHS stem from an interest in prevention. After working so long in genetic causes of disease I wanted to explore what sort of impacts the environment can have on disease development but my overall interest has always been in prevention.
I wanted to explore what sort of impacts the environment can have on disease development, but my overall interest has always been in prevention.
I chose the MHS program in EH at Hopkins because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to pursue a (MPH) and since I hadn’t ever taken public health classes I thought the MHS program would be a good introduction to public health, especially at a well-known and respected institution like Hopkins. Transitioning into the program was difficult because of the credit load and demanding quarter schedule which I hadn’t experienced before. After first term though, I think I’ve been able to adjust pretty well to the demands as well as become immersed in the content of the courses because of the smaller class sizes. I’ve enjoyed the more specialized classes and especially the courses that encouraged as well as set up experiences outside of Hopkins.