Amy Caplon, BS Candidate

Amy Caplon is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Community Health with a minor in Human Development and Quantitative Methodology. She is expected to graduate in May 2017. 

In one sentence, what is public health to you?

Public health is working to change behaviors surrounding anything and everything that can impact the health of an individual, community or society. 

What inspired you to study public health?

I love the idea of helping people, and making a visible impact in the lives of others. In addition, I am interested in the psychology behind behaviors, and public health allows me to work towards adjusting societies, providing resources, and changing behaviors for a healthier world.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that the public health field should be focusing on?

The biggest challenge that the Public Health field should be focusing on is prevention and education. Not only do we need to take actions to prevent chronic diseases, declining societies, epidemics, etc., but we need to educate others how to join in and make an impact themselves. This will allow the dissemination of knowledge and awareness. This can only be done by helping others to learn what exactly Public Health means. It may be a “soft science,” but it’s the science that impacts every aspect of one’s day, and every aspect of one’s life. 

Why did you choose public health at UMD? 

I chose to be a public health major because I am really interested in health, but not necessarily the hard science (orgo, chem, etc.). I’m interested in working with underserved populations to create better communities and address important topics. I am also very interested in substance use and mental health, which are two critical aspects of public health. 

How has your degree program at UMD's School of Public Health shaped your career goals? 

The degree program at the University of Maryland has developed my background and knowledge in the public health field. I feel that I now have an extremely strong foundation that I can build upon, regardless of what specific focus I wish to pursue. the courses are engaging and well-rounded, with professors who truly care about the students and their success. 

What person or experience had the greatest impact on your during your degree program? 

I would say that there are three teachers who have really stuck out to me at the University of Maryland. Dr. Butler, Dr. Green, and Professor Zeeger have given me guidance and support through community outreach, my honors project, as well as my leadership experience as a teaching assistant. Ms. Hodgson has also been a huge support system, answering my endless questions and offering advice about my future.