Profiles in Public Health


Andrea Guytingco

MPH, Environmental Health Sciences, Industrial Hygiene

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

Public health is giving people their best opportunity to have a healthy life.

2. What inspired you to study public health?

I really wanted to work in a health-related field and am a problem-solver by nature. In all aspects of my life, I like to anticipate problems and come up with the most effective solution to solve it. To me, this minimizes the damage or consequence that could result in the outcome. Then, I realized that is what Public Health is. I am able to work on creating a healthier environment for people so that they don’t get sick or hurt on the job, a place where they spend a large portion of their day. Just like the saying “Don’t take work home with you,” I’m striving to make sure that workers don’t leave with lasting health effects that they have to “bring home with them” and have to deal with in the long run.

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

Learning that I’ve inspired other students to pursue Public Health as a career and attend graduate school as a result of talking with me at student panels or other related Public Health events.

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

Biostatistics is so important and is used in every field of public health. Learn it well!

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

I think with the political climate as it is right now, the biggest challenge in public health is creating affordable health care that provides coverage to people that need it most, and actually focuses on healthcare and not on insurance companies. But I really do think that the environment needs to be addressed, whether it be nature, the built environment, or in the workplace. If we create healthier environments for people to live and work in, maybe the risk of them developing acute AND chronic illness will decrease.

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