The inaugural class of the Texas A&M School of Public Health Broad Street Society freshmen embarked on a week-long field trip to London, England this past year as part of their “Windows on the World” course. While in the United Kingdom (UK), students worked on research for their end-of-term research paper as well as sitting in on sessions of both Houses of Parliament. They were fortunate to see history in the making as the House of Commons gave final approval for Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger Brexit negotiations for the UK to leave the European Union, and the House of Lords debated the ongoing refugee crisis in the Middle East and its impact on the UK.
[Photo: L-R Back row: Tara McCoy, Rasik Jankay, Regan Tichenor, Gabriella Hand, Kate Wellings, Rob Salmon, Garrett Glass, Brett Baker L-R: Front row: Ana Mathew, Harley Hoffman, Delaney King, Devrie Duncan, Sima Bordbar, Sayali Shelke, Audrey Altnether, Emma Watson, Ian Cunningham]
Students also had the opportunity to travel to Wales, Oxford and Dorsetshire. Society members made a pilgrimage to the original site of the Broad Street pump in SoHo, the birthplace of public health. Additionally, several students inadvertently got within arm’s length of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip as the royal motorcade passed within a few feet of where they were waiting to cross the street, after watching the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.
Students returned to present their research to the rest of their class using multimedia presentations. Ms. Ana Mathew, a freshman from Katy, Texas, was selected as the inaugural recipient of the John Snow Award for outstanding research paper and presentation.
The Broad Street Society is an Honors learning community designed to give some of the School of Public Health’s most academically talented freshmen an interdisciplinary immersion in public health and our place in the world at large.
The society will welcome 23 new Broad Street freshmen this fall. In just two years, its undergraduate program has grown to match the size of its graduate program and continues to grow at a rapid rate.Tags: Epidemiology, Global Health, Health Policy and Management, Hygiene, Texas A&M