Working to encourage longer, healthier lives and sustain a cycle of health and well-being across lifetimes and generations.
Students come to the Fielding School of Public Health because they are passionate about making the world healthier for all of us.
Consider just a few of the students currently working to earn Master of Public Health degrees. Gabriel Pimentel M.A. ’11 wants to address the significant health disparities in his Native American community; Claudia Vargas is committed to ensuring that undocumented immigrants receive basic health care services; and Ejiro Ntekume is determined to do something about the obesity epidemic, especially in poor neighborhoods where kids are at 28 percent greater risk of being obese.
But pursuing a graduate degree in public health is difficult — sometimes impossible — without financial support. Even the most committed students can’t ignore the hardship of graduating with a debt that is in some cases double what they can expect to earn in an entire year. And these economic concerns tend to weigh most heavily on students, like the ones in this video, from the very communities that most need public health professionals.
The U.S. will have a shortage of 250,000 public health workers over the next seven years, particularly in low-income communities where residents already are disproportionately afflicted with preventable diseases and have a life expectancy five years shorter than in more affluent communities.
You can help by supporting exceptional students who are committed to working on major public health problems in underserved neighborhoods.
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