Public Health Dawgs (The PHDs)

The PHDs are a diverse and engaged group of students in the Public Health-Global Health Major. PHDs, selected through a competitive application process, are tasked with supporting the Major’s outreach and recruitment efforts. They are charged with “infecting undergraduates with public health!” through their on-campus involvement and by educating others about the importance of the discipline in solving the world’s health problems. Additionally, they are selected to sit on various committees in the School of Public Health to ensure a strong student presence during decision making processes.

On campus, Public Health Dawgs support Public Health events, information sessions and tabling efforts and are available for brief course visits.

If you would like to have a PHD visit your course to share information about the Public Health-Global Health Major or if you are a student and have questions about becoming a PHD email Public Health Advisers.

PHDs...

  • Gain professional development in outreach, leadership and communication
  • Present at events to introduce public health from a student perspective
  • Support tabling and information sessions on campus and at local community colleges.
  • Host events that build community and collegiality within the Public Health-Global Health Major.

Meet the 2018-2019 Public Health Dawgs

 

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Angelica S.

Public Health-Global Health Major, Bachelor of Arts; Minor in Diversity

What are your professional goals?
Ideally, I want to work on a community level to promote health and wellness by finding ways to increase access to essential services, like education and healthcare, that have the power to influence a person's health. Not only that, but I want to participate in work that aims to eliminate barriers to health that certain groups experience. I hope to obtain an MPH in Health Services in the future! 

What excites you about the Public Health-Global Health Major?
The most exciting thing about the Public Health-Global Health Major is the wide variety of classes that the major has to offer. With the interdisciplinary nature of public health, you have the opportunity to explore and gain expertise on a variety of different topics and perspectives regarding the health of populations and how to tackle all these different health issues.

 

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Annie D.

Public Health-Global Health Major, Bachelor of Science

What are your professional goals?
My professional goals include a career within the healthcare field, though I am still exploring my options. I do intend to work with immigrants and refugees in any way, shape, or form. 

What excites you about the Public Health-Global Health Major?
I love public health because it is an intersectional and diverse discipline. It incorporates various skills in epidemiology, social justice, health promotion, and communication that are easily applicable in a range of careers. What excites me the most about public health is that there is a place for everyone and it does not lead to one goal. Public health offers different concentrations that allow people to explore their interests.

 

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Ashmi C.

Public Health-Global Health Major & Psychology Major, Bachelor of Arts

What are your professional goals?
My professional goals are to attend grad school to become a Physician Assistant, and I am planning on specializing in pediatrics. 

What excites you about the Public Health-Global Health Major?
The thing that most excites me about the Public Health-Global Health Major is its interdisciplinary nature which opens up a variety of career options for students, depending on their various interests and preferences. This major also is very applicable and brings into concern daily issues regarding the health of our populations, which to me is very interesting to learn about!

 

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Christelle S.

Public Health-Global Health Major & French Major, Bachelor of Arts

What are your professional goals?
After graduation, I plan to get my Master's in Public Health and advocate for better healthcare for minorities and to hopefully work with an organization such as the Red Cross or UNICEF. I eventually hope to then return to my first home, Ivory Coast, to utilize my skills to help the medical staff and agencies to better serve the needs within their community. 

What excites you about the Public Health-Global Health Major?
I really enjoy the fact that the Public Health-Global Health Major is interdisciplinary and that it offers a liberal education. It is therefore because of that, one gets to be exposed to different aspect of health, from community health to environmental health and gets to have a diverse view.

 

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Diana G.

Public Health-Global Health Major, Bachelor of Arts

What are your professional goals?
My professional goals are to work with low-income communities similar to my own; to ensure people know what resources and support systems already exist in their communities to help them live healthier, happier lives. In order to do this kind of work, I would like to work at a local public health agency or community clinic. I would like to earn a Master's in Public Health. 

What excites you about the Public Health-Global Health Major?
What excites me about the Public Health-Global Health Major is the wide variety of courses available to students. The breadth in courses allows students to learn about different aspects of the public health field, as well as allow them to develop real-world skill that apply in many different jobs. I also like how students can customize their public health learning experience through the many selective and elective courses offered.

 

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Emma N.

Public Health-Global Health Major, Bachelor of Arts; Nutrition Minor

What are your professional goals?
I hope to better the public health opportunities wherever the community is I live in. Whether that be educating the public on important lifestyle prevention methods for certain diseases, or working to provide more access to critical aspects of health care for individuals who are without the resources to do so, there is always room for improvement to better the health of our citizens. 

What excites you about the Public Health-Global Health Major?
It excites me that this major is so full of potential. Between the diversity of the students involved in the program and the growing interest of future students to get involved, this major will only bring strong cohorts of individuals, with their own unique passions, together to better the public health opportunities out there in the world.

 

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Ivanna D.

Public Health-Global Health Major, Bachelor of Arts

What are your professional goals?
After graduation, I plan to take a year to gain some public health experience -- either through an internship or an AmeriCorps type program. Then I intend on getting a Master's degree in Epidemiology and working in public health research. 

What excites you about the Public Health-Global Health Major?
For me, one of the best things about the Public Health-Global Health Major is how comprehensive the degree is. Through the program, we acquire an education in sciences like biology and chemistry, but we also develop understandings of fields like communications, sociology, epidemiology, and many more. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the major, I feel I am becoming well prepared to critically address public health issues in the real world.

 

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Karen S.

Public Health-Global Health Major, Bachelor of Science

What are your professional goals?
Now that I know more about the field, I feel like I have so many more options available to me after graduation! As of right now, I would like to continue on towards attaining a Master's after taking some time off traveling and increasing my cultural competency, while hopefully volunteering with health organizations. Depending on how this goes, I may decide to attend a health professional school later on in the future. 

What excites you about the Public Health-Global Health Major?
What I love about Public Health-Global Health is that it encourages collaboration through many different disciplines and among people from various backgrounds to work towards improving health for everyone. As students, we are inspired to take our previous experiences and use them as stepping stones to promote progress and develop policies to enact healthy change in our communities both locally and globally.

 

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Loryn M.

Public Health-Global Health Major & Psychology Major, Bachelor of Arts

What are your professional goals?
My professional goals are to double major with a BA in both Public Health and Psychology, then attain an MPH. After that, I hope to work in a clinical setting to design and implement patient care/advocacy teams for mental health to promote proper treatment for patients who suffer from a mental illness. 

What excites you about the Public Health-Global Health Major?
What excites me most about the Public Health-Global Health Major is the potential for implementing your passions. When I took my first Public Health class I quickly learned and loved how easy it was to see health from all disciplines. For me, my passions lie in Psychology/Mental Health so I am continuously excited for what I am learning in Public Health and how I can apply it to my future in healthcare.

 

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Macy B.

Public Health-Global Health Major, Bachelor of Arts; Minor in Diversity

What are your professional goals?
I hope to pursue a career in Public Health Administration. Perhaps work for the government or a non-profit organization. 

What excites you about the Public Health-Global Health Major?
The broad spectrum of the many opportunities in Public Health. This major can cater to so many people's interests in whichever pathway or direction they want to take or hope to accomplish.

 

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Natalie N.

Public Health-Global Health Major, Bachelor of Science; Minor in Nutrition

What are your professional goals?
My professional goals are to get involved within the Nutritional Sciences field to improve negative health outcomes in our country. I plan to go to graduate school in nutrition to become a Registered Dietician. As a dietician, I want to work to improve nutritional competence through early education, combat food insecurity/poverty and decrease the rates of chronic diseases due to poor nutrition. 

What excites you about the Public Health-Global Health Major?
The Public Health-Global Health Major excites me because of how relevant and important the current issues we are learning about are. From learning about the latest outbreak in King County, to how to combating obesity across the world. In the Public Health-Global Health Major, there are so many opportunities to explore my specific interests within the field both inside and outside the classroom.

 

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Natalie V.

Public Health-Global Health Major, Bachelor of Arts; Minor in Diversity

What are your professional goals?
I plan to continue learning and working with knowledgeable professionals in the administrative field to gain hands-on experience in a fast paced and innovative health care environment that focuses on improving care, prevention, outcomes, and costs. More specifically, I wish to pursue a career in Health Care Management to be more involved in the decision-making process and evaluation of health policies. 

What excites you about the Public Health-Global Health Major?
The urgency and critical nature of public health drove me to pursue this major. I want to better understand how the community in which we live is able to affect our health behaviors and issues, and hopefully use this understanding to address problems surrounding poverty, health, and inequality. I believe the key to reducing health disparities is active prevention within a community. With the Public Health-Global Health Major, I have the opportunity to collaborate with many different disciplines, such as health policy, management, environmental science and behavioral science, which work together to uncover root causes and develop practical solutions to complex health problems. I would like to be a part of the significant strides that UW and our society has taken with health care. The Public Health-Global Health Major has granted me access to knowledge and experience that would allow me to help improve the health for many individuals. Go Dawgs!

 

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RJ D.

Public Health-Global Health Major, Bachelor of Arts; Minor in Diversity

What are your professional goals?
After graduating, I want to work for the government as a public health administrator or work in non-profit organizations that focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion before going back to school to get my Master's in Public Health. 

What excites you about the Public Health-Global Health Major?
I'm really excited about learning how we can address health inequity and health disparities through public health. The School of Public Health has a commitment towards diversity and that really shows through the courses that are taught, and the kinds of students that are accepted into the program.

 

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Roxanne G.

Public Health-Global Health Major, Bachelor of Arts; Minor in Education, Learning, and Society

What are your professional goals?
I am intending on pursuing a Master's in Public Health and am looking into research (maybe epidemiology). I am also considering working for an NGO in community-based health. 

What excites you about the Public Health-Global Health Major?
The Public Health-Global Health Major is interdisciplinary and covers a wide range of interests, topics, and issues that are globally changing. I love how Public Health encompasses a network of many different pathways and opportunities for students. There is always something new and exciting to learn in the major!

 

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Sara S.

Public Health-Global Health Major, Bachelor of Arts

What are your professional goals?
I am currently working in a place where we manage data for clinical research. I hope to go into more of the ethics side of clinical research and advocate for the well-being of the cooperating participants when cultural beliefs collide. 

What excites you about the Public Health-Global Health Major?
Being a Public Health-Global Health Major excites me because I truly believe there is not a dull moment when studying public health. There is an endless and diverse amount of information that can be obtained because it is an extensive field. Whether it be learning about how to undo racism within the Public Health system or learning about the science behind vaccines, it all goes back to promoting the health and well-being of everyone.

 

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Tammy S.

Public Health-Global Health Major, Bachelor of Science

What are your professional goals?
The Public Health-Global Health Major is so diverse and multi-faceted, it allows you to explore a wide variety of classes and pathways while viewing health holistically. I love how Public Health creates a bridge between the natural and social sciences to allow students to tackle and consider health issues in creative ways. I am always excited to take courses in the Public Health-Global Health Major with professors that genuinely care and students that are passionate about similar issues. The classes consistently celebrate diversity and encourage collaboration among students. 

What excites you about the Public Health Major?
After graduating with my undergraduate degree in Public Health-Global Health, I hope to combine my passions of leadership and healthcare. I plan to pursue a Master's in Healthcare Administration to be able to ensure access and quality care to patients through effective management and education. I know that a background in public health will prepare me to achieve my professional goals.