To me, public health is the art of preventing disease & promoting health through innovative, multifaceted approaches.
I was fortunate enough to study both biology and Spanish during my undergraduate career. The intersection of health and culture has always been of interest to me. Public health was the perfect field to study acculturation and all the other factors that influence health.
Getting out into the community of Philadelphia has been incredibly rewarding for me. I have been (and will continue to be) working with underrepresented high school students who are interested in the health professions. I have had a wonderful time and it is amazing to watch them grow.
Know that public health is an ever-changing field and you will never stop learning and growing. The work is never done but be open to that.
The biggest challenge public health should be focusing on is substance abuse.