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Katelyn Hurley

MPH, Community Health, Health Communication and Marketing

1. In one sentence, what is public health to you?

Improving the health of communities and populations through disease prevention and health promotion.

2. What inspired you to study to public health?

A passion for helping others and being healthy!

3. What has been the single most rewarding experience of your career/studies so far?

Having opportunities to work with community organizations and community members to affect positive change.

4. What is the one piece of advice you wish someone had given you when you were starting out in public health?

Make the most of your public health training, and don’t be afraid to cross disciplines. If you are interested in health communications, take a communications course; if you are interested in health technology, take a course in IT.

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

It is impossible to pick just one!

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