“What interests me the most about public health is the population level approach that the field takes to solve health issues,” Dr. Brittany Marshall said. “The work we do in public health has the potential to impact so many lives at the same time.”
University of South Florida College of Public Health alumna Dr. Brittany Marshall was selected as a recipient of de Beaumont Foundation’s first 40 Under 40 in Public Health list on May 15. The de Beaumont Foundation created 40 Under 40 in Public Health to recognize leaders whose creativity and innovation are strengthening communities across the country.
Dr. Marshall said she was introduced to public health by accident as an undergraduate of the University of Florida.
“I picked up a book about public health and skimmed through it while waiting to meet with my academic advisor,” she said. “I was a pre-pharmacy major at the time and had never heard of public health, but it just clicked. I ended up changing my major to health education and haven’t looked back.”
After earning her BS, Dr. Marshall joined the USF COPH and earned her MPH in global health practice. She then attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center earning her DrPH in public health practice.
Dr. Marshall chose the COPH for her MPH degree because it offered her the opportunity to study global health and epidemiology concurrently and was renowned in the state of Florida for producing public health leaders.
She said that during her time in the COPH, she was most proud of becoming the Student Assembly Chair of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and serving on the APHA Executive Board.
“It was amazing to represent USF COPH in such a visible role within the professional association of our field,” she said.