From April, 2012

Diversity, Racial Awareness, and Public Health

Becky Fein, MPH ’12 in the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health There’s a buzz around campus, a conversation brewing.  I’ve heard it in classrooms, in offices, in the elevators; people are talking about race. As we all become professionals in the field of public health, students, faculty, and staff alike are wondering where and how to strike up the critical conversations around race and society as it pertains to our personal lives and aspiring careers. One student-led discussion group, the Critical Race Think Tank led by Sharon Washington, MPH 2012, and Dr. Robert Fullilove, took to igniting this conversation around…

Finding a Practicum: One Student’s Experience

By Mariko Rasmussen, MPH ’13 in Department of Population and Family Health I always knew that I wanted to study abroad and gain international public health research and program experience during my time at Mailman. In fact, this in-the-field experience—what’s known as a practicum—is an essential part of getting an MPH. Students choose from all manner of health projects in dozens of countries around the world. There are a lot of options! The process My first semester here, I often heard, “Don’t think about the practicum yet!” This was actually somewhat easy, considering my mind was preoccupied with completing five…