Tagged Mariko Rasmussen

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…

Falling in Love with NYC: Yet Another Reason to Come to Columbia’s Mailman School

By Mariko Rasmussen, MPH ’13 in Department of Population and Family Health Sure, it’s the world-class faculty, the talented and diverse student body, research opportunities, strong alumni network, and school-sponsored practicum sites that draw students to Mailman. And it’s also the great student-run events: screenings of award-winning films, seeing friends perform in the Vagina Monologues, decorating cupcakes with the Sexual and Reproductive Health Action Group (SHAG). But I’d like to focus on the other big draw – New York City! – as I prepare to leave it for the summer (practicum destination to be determined). Whether you’re considering an accelerated…