Why Students choose the School of Public Health

Donaji Stelzig

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Program:

Dr.P.H. in Health Promotion & Community Health Sciences 

Origins:

Houston, Texas

Degrees:

B.S. in Accounting
MPH in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences

Professional Interests:

Health disparities, community health, maternal & child care

Involvement:

MD Anderson, Texas Children's Hospital, US Army Reserve

 

“Texas A&M not only has programs that allow veterans to easily transition into civilian life, but the School of Public Health also offers a close-knit, supportive community, something that is not available at many other higher education institutions.”

 

After serving in the Army Reserve for eight years during the Iraq War, I was looking for a school that had an abundance of resources for veterans. I also wanted to be a part of a school that embraced the spirit of selfless service, especially when it came to addressing health disparities in today’s society. Texas A&M not only has programs that allow veterans to easily transition into civilian life, but the School of Public Health also offers a close-knit, supportive community, something that is not available at many other higher education institutions.

While completing my doctoral program, I was taking care of my two children and my  parents. I remember visiting my father-in-law and my mother in the hospital at the same time when they were both sick. My professor, Dr. Marcia Ory, encouraged me to slow down and suggested that I take some time off.  The compassion and love I was extended while attending the school are what encouraged me to push through these difficult times.

When looking back at how far I’ve come, I am thankful for the positive relationships I’ve created while at the school. The School of Public Health was the best choice for me because, in the midst of battling a rare health condition and taking care of sick relatives, the respect and loyalty that the students and faculty shared with me are reasons why I have successfully obtained by doctorate degree and look forward to helping disadvantaged communities.