National Public Health Week (NPHW) is one week each year where the American Public Health Association (APHA) unites communities across the U.S. to recognize the importance of public health and bring light to issues like violence prevention and rural health, which are essential to improving the nation. As we highlight the necessity of public health, it’s also important to recognize the individuals who are working to create this change, including Chamberlain Master of Public Health (MPH) students, Olayinka Adetimehin and Ambar Delacruz. Keep reading to learn about their passion for public health and why they chose Chamberlain.
Q. What interests you most about public health?
“I love the global aspect. I actually recently got back from traveling to Sierra Leone for a global mission. Traveling and seeing what is going on globally brings my vision of helping others alive. I want to show people that it might be hard, it might be challenging and it might be emotionally difficult, but it can be done,” says Olayinka.
Ambar’s sentiments echo Olayinka’s. “I’m interested in improving the health and well-being of other people and communities, and making a lasting impression to improve society.”
Q. How did you choose Chamberlain?
“I chose Chamberlain after talking to an advisor on the phone. Both experiences were wonderful and I felt welcomed and truly cared for as a student,” shares Ambar.
“A friend told me about it. She advised me to check out Chamberlain and research public health to see if it would be a good fit for me. The rest is history,” states Olayinka.
Q. What resources has Chamberlain offered to help you be successful?
“They’ve offered everything! I’m more of a quiet and introverted person, but joining the MPH Student Group has helped me come out of my shell and has exposed me to leadership skills. Chamberlain helps you with APA formatting and thinking outside of the box. Every question asked of me has helped me link my education and the real world together, which has been really interesting and helpful for me,” says Olayinka.
“Chamberlain has offered the Master of Public Health Student Group (MPHSG) that provides information about potential job opportunities, scholarships, and many other resources to help the students become successful. They also have a great mentoring program, as well as supportive professors and advisors,” shares Ambar.
Q. What would you like to pursue with your MPH degree upon graduation?
“Right now I work with refugees, asylum seekers and low-income families. There are so many fields I could explore within this: quality improvement, development planning, global work, etc. I'm not sure yet, but I'll probably branch out to where I’m most needed,” shares Olayinka.
“I would like to pursue a career as a community health educator and improve the lives of people in my community and eventually around the world,” states Ambar.
Whether you’re interested in helping the global community or have a desire to strengthen your local community, Chamberlain can help you attain your goals. Learn more about our Master of Public Health program.
By Kari Lawrence
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