Profiles in Public Health


Sherna Joseph

MPH, Epidemiology

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

Public Health means to me access to quality healthcare through preventive services and interventions.

2. What inspired you to study public health?

I am inspired to study public health because of my personal experiences. Growing up in an immigrant community, I have seen disparities in terms of care.

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

The single most reward experience has been my MPH internship in Swaziland.

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

Public Health is so broad. There is so many opportunties to make a difference in a local and global context.

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

The biggest challenge in public health field is threat to funding to public health organizations, such as Planned Parenthood and PEPFAR. I have personally experienced the possible effect this will have to HIV prevention activities abroad.

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