Population Environmental Health
Class of 2013
Prior to enrolling in the MHS program I completed my BA in Public Health Studies at Johns Hopkins University. After graduating, I will begin medical school the coming fall. My interest in environmental health began with a couple of undergraduate classes on the subject.
I had just switched majors from biology to public health, and the inherent “community health” nature to EH was what drew me in. I have been involved in research with faculty from the EHS Department since the summer after my junior year, so the transition from undergraduate to graduate was very easy with this program.
It is not an environment that is focused on grades, but rather on scholarly endeavors, academic pursuits, creating a community of learning, and service to others.
As an aspiring physician, I think it is critical to understand preventive health and community health—two issues that are at the core of EH and have been historically under-emphasized in medicine. Specifically, I knew that the population health track would allow me to learn epidemiology and biostatistics in a level of detail that I would not be able to elsewhere.
Deciding to attend the MHS program in EH at Hopkins was an easy decision once I knew that I wanted to spend a year exploring my newly developed interest in EH after finishing undergrad. The combined BA/MHS was particularly appealing because of the smooth transition from undergraduate to graduate work and the ability to continue working on existing research projects. Generally, I have found Bloomberg to be a terrific place for those who wish to learn. The opportunities really are endless, especially being in a one-year graduate program. Academically, I found the coursework here to be less challenging and stressful than undergraduate classes. The classes tend to emphasize groupwork and independent learning (e.g. research papers and presentations). It is not an environment that is focused on grades, but rather one focused on scholarly endeavors, academic pursuits, creating a community of learning, and service to others. I was looking to get engaged in public health inside and outside the classroom, and this was an ideal program to be able to do that.