Why Students choose the School of Public Health

Sterling LaBoo

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Program:

MPH in Occupational Health & Safety

Origins: 

Atlanta, Georgia

Undergraduate: 

Public Health

Professional Interests:

Ergonomics, emergency management, and accident investigation

Involvement: 

American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP)

 

“The faculty and staff at the Texas A&M School of Public Health are passionate and motivated to help students succeed. They push their students to be the best version of themselves and challenge them to expand their horizons. The school also provides a variety of resources and contacts to help students enter the professional world.”

 

I attended Texas A&M University intending to pursue a medical degree, but I fell in love with public health and the broad impacts the field has on people’s lives. I have always been driven to help others, and a career in public health will help me have the biggest impact on people’s well-being.

I am currently learning about ergonomics, the study of work and human capacity; all the small changes that can improve worker quality of life fascinate me. My interest in emergency management and accident investigation ultimately helped me find my way into occupational safety and health. I was fortunate to be a part of a collaborative research project between the School of Public Health and the College of Geosciences. I was a part of a cohort of students who worked on integrating public health and Geographic Information Science (GIS). I was specifically involved with mapping clinics offering HIV services in relation to locations with high HIV prevalence. 

I believe that all of the health professions would benefit from increased partnerships and collaboration. Public health is the field that can serve as a bridge between the different health fields. I encourage all students interested in health and helping others to attend the School of Public Health because of the opportunities to learn from and collaborate with faculty and staff who are passionate about their students.