Karla Alvarado Granados
In one sentence, what is public health to you? To me, public health is the science involved in improving the health scare system through a focus on health education, health promotion, and disease prevention. What inspired you to study public health? I grew up in Costa Rica and Honduras, which are...Read more
Meaghan McHugh
Meaghan McHugh earned a PhD in Behavioral and Community Health at the University of Maryland's School of Public Health in the spring of 2018. She currently works as the Director of Healthy Athletes at Special Olympics International in Washington D.C. Before coming to the SPH, she worked with...Read more
Ben Bryer
In one sentence, what is public health to you? Public health is the push to eliminate health disparities within the complicated melting pot of people in our country What inspired you to study public health? I knew I was interested in social sciences and had had success in some hard sciences in high...Read more
Unnati Mehta
What was your major and what year did you graduate? I graduated from UMD in 2016 with a BS in Community Health. I completed a minor in International Development and Conflict Management and was also part of the Gemstone Honors Research Program in the UMD Honors College. My Gemstone team’s research...Read more
Kate Bosley
What is your major and what year did you/will you graduate? I am a Behavioral and Community Health major, planning to graduate in August 2018. In one sentence, what is public health to you? Public health is about strengthening populations by improving their health, and including everyone,...Read more
Japji Bindra
Japji Bindra earned the honor of serving as the winter 2017 student commencement speaker for the School of Public Health. Listen to her speech as part of the December 20 commencement ceremony . In one sentence, what is public health to you? For me, public health is a multi-facetted umbrella which...Read more
In one sentence, what is public health to you? For me, public health is a multi-facetted umbrella which works to prevent disease, benefit the environment, promote social justice, advocate for equity, and encourage overall healthy living. What inspired you to study public health? Initially, I didn’t...Read more
In one sentence, what is public health to you? Public health is empowering individuals and communities to take charge of their own health and working together to attain a high quality of life. What inspired you to study public health? I really like that public health focuses on prevention of...Read more
In one sentence, what is public health to you? Public health is partnering with communities and creating interventions that work to decrease the incidence of disease and injury. What inspired you to study public health? Public health allows me to work in the health field without practicing medicine...Read more
Sivan Ben-Maimon, 2016 graduate
Sivan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Community Health in December 2016. Sivan is currently working with City Year Washington DC working with at risk students as a mentor in the DC public school system and will begin medical school in summer, 2017. In one sentence, what is public health to...Read more
Sana Haider, 2016 graduate
What is your major and what year did will you graduate? I began at UMD as a Letters & Sciences, undecided about my major but interested in pursuing medicine and becoming a doctor. By my junior year, I declared Community Health as my major, and also pursued the new general business minor. I will...Read more
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Liz is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Community Health and is expected to graduate in May 2017. In one sentence, what is public health to you? Public Health means helping people become the best versions of themselves, by preventing disease and promoting health through research,...Read more
Izzy is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Community Health with a minor in International Development and Conflict Management, and is expected to graduate in May 2018. In one sentence, what is public health to you? Public Health is the acknowledgement that everyone in a society deserves to...Read more
Marianna is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Community Health and is expected to graudate in May 2018. In one sentence, what is public health to you? Public health aims to prevent disease, and promote and protect the health of all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender,...Read more
Christina is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Community Health and is expected to graduate in May 2017. In one sentence, what is public health to you? Public health is bridging the gap across different disciplines in order to better the health of not only individuals but communities...Read more
Elana is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Community Health and is expected to graduate in May 2017. In one sentence, what is public health to you? To me, public health is the science of improving the overall wellbeing of whole communities through outreach, education, and research. What...Read more
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...Read more
Briana Lockhart is a junior pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Community Health with a minor in Global Poverty. She is expected to graduate in May 2018. In one sentence, what is public health to you? Public health, to me, is parallel with what self-care is to an individual; public health is self-...Read more
Maythana Paquete graduated from the UMD School of Public Health in 2012 with a degree in Behavioral & Community Health. After working in public health policy for three years, May became a 2015-2016 Health for America Fellow at MedStar Health, where she was challenged to create an innovative...Read more
Funmi Makinde is pursuing her Master of Public Health in Behavioral and Community Health. She attained an Assistant Editor fellowship with the American Public Health Association (APHA) and was tasked with attracting, engaging and recruiting younger readership for the journal. She recruited five...Read more

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