My interest in public health began during my undergraduate career at the University of Maryland. I had chosen to major in Biological Sciences (Neurobiology & Physiology) out of a desire to understand the body and the nature of its interaction with the natural environment. I enjoyed learning about the cellular processes involved in the function of our organ systems, and hoped to use what I had learned to improve methods of treating diseases.
However, after taking a few courses in Public Health, I began to realize that in terms of understanding the pathway of illness, I was essentially starting the story midway through. Preceding the occurrence of any illness in the body are a number of factors—be they social, economic or otherwise—that put individuals and entire populations at risk. What attracted me to the field of public health was its inclusion of those factors external to the body that influence the trajectory of disease.
I currently work as a clinical research assistant at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. With a Master’s in Public Health, I intend to continue in my field to identify factors that facilitate the spread of disease and disability. My current interests are nutritional and social determinants of chronic disease.