Honestly, I love research, but I think it’s really important to do research that has a direct applicable context. So it needs to be practical, it needs to be something that addresses a concern of a community, it needs to be something that is informed by the community ... that allows you to ultimately affect policy to improve people’s health and access to services and access to prevention. One could just sit in an office and do projects that are perfectly sound but don’t necessarily have a direct impact, and I think that is one of the strengths of public health, that it really does emphasize this application of knowledge in a real-world setting.
- Graduate Student
- Bloomberg School of Public Health
After working for a few years evaluating substance abuse treatment programs for a government contractor, she decided to pursue a doctorate in public health