In our video series “Why Public Health?” we ask Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health students and alumni to talk about what drew them to the field.
- Emily Arsen, MPH ‘18 hopes to explore how hospitals can improve patient care in order to improve long-term population health.
- Bibhaw Pokharel, MPH ’18 plans on pursuing a career in occupational health and is also interested in environmental justice.
- Jennifer Addo, MPH ‘16 and a medical student, has felt empowered at Harvard Chan to believe in herself and never give up on her dreams—and wants to instill that same message in young girls.
- Jacquelyn Hahn, MPH ‘16, PhD ’19, does research on health equity and understanding the way that factors such as gender relations, racism, and social class affect health and distributions of disease.
- After spending time in Cameroon, Margee Louisas, MD, MPH ’16 came to the realization that asthma “is truly a global disease.” As a Harvard Chan student, she is working on a pilot project to improve communication between school nurses and asthma care specialists in order to reduce the prevalence of the disease among inner-city school children in Boston.
- Kimberly Chang, MPH ‘15 worked with refugee communities at a health center in Oakland, California, some of them teenage girls involved in sexual trafficking. The experience led her to Harvard Chan to study health policy so that she gains the skills, networks, and leadership ability to move beyond just treating individual patients’ symptoms toward improving their circumstances overall.
- Rahima Dosani, MPH ’17, has led efforts to increase patients’ access to vaccines and HIV testing in Malawi, and tuberculosis testing in Myanmar. After graduating from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with a degree in global health and population, she’s hoping to ultimately open her own global health consulting firm to help improve health care delivery for the world’s poorest populations.
- Mary Tate, MPH ’17, is studying to be an obstetrician and to help reduce disparities in maternal and neonatal health. After realizing that being an obstetrician was only one way to help mothers and children, she became interested in working to reduce disparities in maternal and neonatal health. “I want to work in communities of black and brown folks who look like me,” said Tate. “And I want to use the quantitative skills I learned at Harvard Chan School to help evaluate various efforts to lessen racial and ethnic inequities in birth outcomes.”
- Following a devastating earthquake, Ramu Kharel, MPH ’16 commits to improving health care in his native country. His vision for the future is simple: that every single village in Nepal have access to quality facilities that can provide proper health care. “I know that will require a lot of logistics—including first completing medical school and then my residency,” he said. “But that’s the ultimate goal. That’s why I came to study public health.”
- Physician Jeff Vogel, MPH ’16, has treated all manner of workplace injuries from broken bones to monkey bites. When these patients need rehabilitation, Vogel wants to get them back on the job as soon as possible—studies have shown that it’s better for their health even beyond their recovery. But the process can be slow and that bothered Vogel, who often found himself wishing for a better way to empower patients than handing them a piece of paper with a few exercises to do between doctor’s appointments. During his first year in the Occupational and Environmental Health Residency program, he thought of a way that technology could help fill this gap.
- Michael Gilbert, MPH ’15, reveals why he chose to attend Harvard Chan, partially due to his interest in innovative health technologies, and shares his involvement in an array of projects while a student, including one with epidemiological analytics firm Epidemico where he now works as a project manager.
- Kai Hsiao, MPH ’15, hopes to build a more resilient Nepal in the aftermath of the recent devastating earthquake there.
- Dervilla McCann, MPH ’15, is a cardiologist with more than 25 years of experience from Maine who is excited about the potential of the Affordable Care Act to improve care.
- Lan Nguyen, MPH ’15, is working to improve the health of vulnerable groups in Vietnam, including people living with HIV/AIDs and people struggling with drug addiction.