Nasreen Jones is a teaching assistant for the Department of Behavioral and Community Health and is pursuing a master of public health in behavioral and community health. She is also a SPH alumna, as she completed her bachelor of science degree in community health at SPH. Ms. Jones has a strong passion for social justice and looks forward to working on issues that affect women and children.

In one sentence, what is public health to you? 

Public health to me is the study of how one's environment, behaviors, and social circumstances can impact their health and finding ways to improve health in all of those areas.

What inspired you to study public health? 

What inspired me to study public health was all of the different opportunities and ways to improve the health of communities whether it be through education, program planning, or outreach. What also interested me in public health was the opportunity to improve the health of individuals on a larger scale.

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

I think the biggest challenge that the public health field should be focusing on is racial health disparities.

Why did you choose public health at UMD? 

I chose public health at UMD because I completed by bachelors degree in community health here and I love the environment and the passion the faculty displays.

How will (or how has) your degree from UMD’s School of Public Health shape(d) your career (goals?) 

My degree from the School of Public Health will shape my career goals by helping give me a clear vision for what I am passionate about. Through everything I have learned thus far, I have been able to see what I am truly interested in. I have learned that I am most interested in issues that impact women and children as well as social injustices such as human trafficking, so I know once I graduate I will intend to work in those areas. 

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

In general, the professors I have had the privilege to be a teaching assistant for, as well as the professors I have taken courses with, have made this experience so amazing for me. I am able to see the drive and passion that motivated them to pursue public health and it allows me to be excited for what lies ahead for me. I have learned so much from what they have shared with me and the genuine concern for my success has made this experience amazing, so far!