Ms. Amy Yanicak, a master of public health student at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health, knew she wanted to be a pharmacist when she was just 16, working in her neighbor’s community pharmacy. “I had always known that I wanted to help others and work in a clinical setting,” she says. “I also loved interacting with customers and giving them support by talking with them about their medications.”
One year into her Doctor of Pharmacy program, Ms. Yanicak realized that she was discouraged by a pharmacist’s traditional role of being reactive, rather than proactive, in helping patients’ with many co-morbid disease states, such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma, and high cholesterol.
“This is where public health came into play,” she says. “I decided to apply for the Master of Public Health dual degree program so that I could learn how to work in administration and perhaps change hospital or community practice policies to better serve patients.”