Simone Frazer
September 4, 2019

Simone Frazer, a senior Family Science major at the University of Maryland is preparing for medical school after she graduates in December. While at the University of Maryland, Simone spent seven years in the Air Force, including a deployment to Germany where she worked in air medical evacuation. She also completed a semester at the University of Capetown in South Africa, working in a hospital. 

Her most recent internship was at a nonprofit called A Wider Circle, where she worked in client relations to provide furniture and baby items for people in need. 

Simone hopes to be a child psychologist and is currently applying to medical schools in the D.C. area. 

In one sentence, what is public health to you?

I think it’s looking at the bigger picture of humanity and figuring out what the most important need is at the moment, and figuring out a way to solve that need or problem.

What inspired you to study public health?

My military background is what led me to public health, working with people in the medical aspect. I worked in the hospitals and with air and medical evacuation.

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

There are so many things going on right now, I don’t know what the biggest challenge is. But one of them is heart disease: it’s the number one killer of women. We need to figure out why that is and what we can do to help alleviate it. 

How has/did your degree from UMD’s School of Public Health shape your career goals/career?

I took a lot of classes where we talked about development- from childhood all the way up to the to geriatric stage. I want to be a child psychiatrist because I think it’s important to help people as early as possible. Helping children can help them later on in life. 

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

When I worked in my internship at A Wider Circle, I saw why what I learned was important, I could apply everything. I could see the needs of the clients and it opened my eyes up to everything and made me see why it was so important.

Working with clients with lower socioeconomic backgrounds really opened my eyes that we need public help. Whether you are are doctor or working on more global public health trends, we need to look out for others and help them.

How did your experiences at UMD prepare you for medical school? 

There’s a medical aspect to the courses, but a lot of the courses are people related. When I took courses in biochemistry, it wasn’t as personable as public health and family science. I wanted that hands-on people experience and I think that’s what public health at UMD brought me. I needed the relatability that public health offered, that human interaction.