Tagged public health

What Public Health is.

by Jordan Mueller in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, MPH ’16   Me: “I’m moving to New York City and getting my MPH at Columbia University!” Friends, family, victims of small talk: “Wow, Columbia. Very impressive, Jordan! What’s an MPH?” Me: “I’m going to be a Master of Public Health.” Them: “Right on… what is…

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A Glimpse at D.C.’s Public Health Careers

By Whitney Peters, MPH ’15 in Health Policy & Management, MSW ’15 in Policy & Practice My partner and I (and our dog!) moved from Fort Collins, Colorado to New York City two years ago, when both of us were starting our graduate studies at Columbia. We fell in love with the City and were drawn…

10 Communication Tips from a Biostatistician

by Joshua Kriger, MS ’14, in the Biostatistics Theory and Methods Program The days are over when a statistician sits in a back room tabulating data. The statistician needs to be a questioner with a passion for the truth and an expert communicator dedicated to efficiency and clarity. During my time at Columbia, with the…

One Clown’s Calling to Public Health

I found myself lying on my back in the middle of a dirt road in rural Chiapas, Mexico one day in 2002. I was wearing a beaten up Russian rabbit fur hat, short red checkered shorts, an over-sized tuxedo jacket with tails and shoes three times my size—oh yes, and a red nose.  My acrobatic…

Looking Back, We First Years Have Come A Long Way

By Lindsey Wahlstrom, MPH ’14 in the Department of Epidemiology After finishing my final exam, I was flipping through my long-neglected emails and came upon a request from the Communications Office at Mailman asking if I would be willing to write a blog post reflecting upon my first year as a Columbia MPH student.  My initial reaction was a wholehearted: “Yes, of course!” I’ve always found it easier to type my thoughts and reactions rather than speak them.  With the delete key a mere pinky-stretch away, I feel more secure that I can do justice to my experiences as I…