Why did you decide to attend Loma Linda University School of Public Health?
After returning from a medical mission in Panama, I came to the realization that most of the illnesses I encountered and treated were directly related to the lack of sanitation, regulation, education and prevention. Upon my return I began an extensive search on accredited Schools of Public Health in California. After reviewing several school mission statements I realized that Loma Linda is most suitable for me due to its emphasis and importance of community outreach (local and overseas). The schools focus on making man whole and not only focusing on the physical wellbeing but rather mind, body and soul is what stood out to me the most.
What has been one of your most valuable experiences at LLU SPH?
Coming from very large and impersonal class sizes at the University of California Riverside, I was impressed by the level of attention, networking and availability of faculty members. I have had several outstanding experiences here at LLU SPH, however, I can honestly say that I appreciated the time each faculty and staff member took to assist me with any questions. I was able to reach out to faculty members not only for relevant course questions, but they were more than willing to assist with any other research or internship assistance or input I may have needed. The faculty and staff are truly exceptional in a sense that they are more than willing to go above and beyond for their student’s to succeed.
What are your career goals?
I plan on working as an Epidemiologist in the field of Public Health for a few years. Eventually I hope to attend medical school and combine my knowledge of Public Health with Medicine. In the field of medicine I also plan on conduction research in the areas of infectious and chronic diseases.
How did your program train you for your current and future career?
My program has opened my eyes to a different side of health care and various aspects of improving the quality of life and health outcome for those in our communities. Prior to this program I had very limited knowledge of Public Health and did not view Public Health as a crucial aspect of health care. Now I realize that Public Health is the fundamental building blocks of health care. As a Research Epidemiology candidate I was able to understand the importance of research in Public Health as well as the importance of proper data collection, data analysis and accurate reporting of findings.