The faculty within the BPH program have been very helpful to me in the last two years, and I am glad I have had them to help me navigate this program, as well as my dual degree and combined degree programs. Attempting to coordinate my three programs into one schedule was difficult at times, but it was the staff within the BPH program who helped me find a way to work it out, and made me feel as though they actually wanted me to succeed.
My goodbye/thank you/reflection:
I was the typical pre-med student, biology major and all. When I was introduced to the field of Public Health through an internship I was automatically attracted to its values, practicality, and need. When I wanted to change my major to Public Health but remain pre-med, everyone questioned my decision. “Why would you do that? Isn’t that for people who want to do health care administration? Doesn’t this defeat the purpose of medicine” I believe in the nexus between public health and medicine and therefore, I stuck to my gut and applied to the BPH program. I was met with the most fulfilling and productive years at the University of Florida. Finally, I was meeting students who had similar interests to me, understood that healthcare was not about monetary gains, and that health is all around us. Finally, my professors and program directors were interested in my goals and aspirations and encouraged me to think about critical issues in the world, not just in public health. Finally, I felt that my time at UF made sense for my future. I am incredibly thankful and proud to be a graduate of the BPH program and know that because of my education, I will be a more competent and caring public health physician.
Thank you and Dr. Wood for the best years at UF! 😊
The Bachelor of Public Health catalyzed my love for the public health field. The faculty and staff demonstrated encouragement, support, and mentorship through my time in the program and beyond. The faculty provided me with opportunities I could never have imagined such as successfully completing my combined degree BPH/MPH. My education from this program served me well in my role as a Special Projects Coordinator and Health Educator in the North Central Florida area and provided me the foundation to be able to apply and be accepted into the UF Doctorate of Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences program. Now being in a position that allows me to seek continuous mentorship and guidance from my previous BPH faculty, I hope to mimic their passion and determination for success with my students in my future career.