I grew up in the home of Dentist as a child. Needless to say, my interest in public health stems from the exposure I had at a younger age to dental health care. From projects in middle school to my senior project in high school, I would always stress the importance of dental health. Early in my undergraduate career I was exposed to public health sciences during and Intro to Public Health course. It was here that I gained an interest in Epidemiology. I saw Epidemiology as being an effective tool because it didn’t focus on treating the individual but rather the whole population through preventative methods. To combine both Dentistry and Epidemiology, I thought, sounds like a great career to pursue. According to the CDC, of the 160,000 Dentist practicing in the United states only an alarming 600 serve in the public health capacity. It was then that I had finally found my niche. Having the ability to treat individuals as welll as the ability to target specific populations stimulated my interest in Dental Epidemiology. I am currently working on applying to Dental schools here in the United States who offer a Doctorate of Dental Surgery as well as MPH in Epidemiology. So far, schools Ive come into contact with are the University of Michigan, Meharry, UNC, and UPENN. As we all continue to pursue our goals I encourage you all to find your niche in all things that you pursue. More to come..
Even with healthcare and modern technology, disease and illness still run rampant worldwide. Are we misinformed on the issues?, mislead? or simply unaware. Whatever the case may be something must be done. One might ask, what is public health? As a student who has only begun to immerse himself in Public Health studies, for me, public health is the Art of Preserving life through means of prevention, organization, and participation of those to whom it most concerns, THE PUBLIC. Health issues ranging from disease to the overall quality of life in the world community are key components of Public Health. As a student of this discipline it is important to serve the community in a capacity that serves as catalyst for positive change in regards to the health of the public. So what is a Public Health Student? He or She is one who realizes the critical importance of life, lifestyles, and the impact it has on the world community in which we all share. More to come..