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Although I have always wanted to care for people and assist in improving my community, I discovered there are other ways of improving the quality and delivery of patient care. Moreover, enhancing public health initiatives truly interests me as it connects everything and everyone throughout the medical field.</p>\r\n<p>The School of Public Health at WVU offers numerous opportunities in the classroom and in the field to gain real-world experience. I was quickly drawn to the courses listed in my major as I believe the concepts and involvement within the community will benefit me in my future profession.</p>\r\n<h2>Have you had any professors who have made an impact on your while at WVU?</h2>\r\n<p>Dr. <a data-udi=\"umb://document/8895db3243ca41c5a2abe9aa4dcd8ed0\" href=\"#\" title=\"Erik Carlton\">Erik Carlton</a> has had a profound impact on me and my studies during my time at WVU. After taking Intro to Health Administration in the Fall 2020 semester with him as my professor, I was certain that health care administration would become my passion. Additionally, he has provided me with insights and opportunities in the healthcare industry, as he assisted in landing me a summer internship. 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I’m grateful for his mentoring, support, and dedication to my success. </span></span><span class=\"EOP SCXW144999656 BCX0\" data-ccp-props=\"{&quot;335559685&quot;:720,&quot;335559731&quot;:720}\"> </span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"auto\">What are some unique or interesting experiences you’ve had during your time at WVU?</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span><span data-ccp-props=\"{&quot;335559685&quot;:720}\"> </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">Being part of the Dean's Ambassador program for the School of Public Health has been one of the most unique and beneficial experiences that I have had during my time here at WVU. This program has allowed me to give back to the school that has given me so much thus far by not only representing the school, but also speaking with and promoting the school to prospective students. I look forward to continuing in the program as I complete my master’s degree! </span><span data-ccp-props=\"{&quot;335559685&quot;:1440}\"> </span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"auto\">You’re ending your academic journey during a unique time in our history. What has been both good and bad about studying public health during a pandemic and completing your college degree during this time?</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span><span data-ccp-props=\"{&quot;335559685&quot;:720}\"> </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">The COVID-19 pandemic definitely changed the true experience as I was completing my college degree. However, one unique aspect is that majority of people now know what public health is truly about. Prior to the pandemic numerous individuals didn’t understand what public health was and how it could be extremely beneficial in the midst of a pandemic. 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Additionally, I will be a graduate student worker contributing to Telehealth research with Dr. Steve Davis. </span><span data-ccp-props=\"{&quot;335559685&quot;:1440}\"> </span><span data-contrast=\"auto\"> </span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"auto\">What is your ultimate career goal? </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">While healthcare administrators are not involved in day-to-day treatment of patients, the development of a strategic vision and providing quality patient-centered services begins at this level. My ultimate career goal is to promote team service through motivation and engagement, influencing employees to be focused on both patient care and treatment. </span></p>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">Optimally, this will result in enhanced health outcomes for all patients, while benefiting the organization as a whole. 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I look forward to continuing in the program as I complete my master’s degree! </span><span data-ccp-props=\"{&quot;335559685&quot;:1440}\"> </span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"auto\">You’re ending your academic journey during a unique time in our history. What has been both good and bad about studying public health during a pandemic and completing your college degree during this time?</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span><span data-ccp-props=\"{&quot;335559685&quot;:720}\"> </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">The COVID-19 pandemic definitely changed the true experience as I was completing my college degree. However, one unique aspect is that majority of people now know what public health is truly about. Prior to the pandemic numerous individuals didn’t understand what public health was and how it could be extremely beneficial in the midst of a pandemic. Now that most people know what public health is, I feel fortunate to be a small part of the ever-changing field.</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{&quot;335559685&quot;:1440}\"> </span></p>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">Although, I did miss the in-person experience and interactions with professors and classmates while the pandemic was occurring. Nonetheless, the School of Public Health professors persevered, creating a beneficial learning environment even while attending all virtual classes. </span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"auto\">Tell us about your capstone/field placement experience – where was it, what did you do, what did you learn, what did you accomplish? </span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">My capstone experience was with the WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital Quality Outcomes team. 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Additionally, I will be a graduate student worker contributing to Telehealth research with Dr. Steve Davis. </span><span data-ccp-props=\"{&quot;335559685&quot;:1440}\"> </span><span data-contrast=\"auto\"> </span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"auto\">What is your ultimate career goal? </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">While healthcare administrators are not involved in day-to-day treatment of patients, the development of a strategic vision and providing quality patient-centered services begins at this level. My ultimate career goal is to promote team service through motivation and engagement, influencing employees to be focused on both patient care and treatment. </span></p>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">Optimally, this will result in enhanced health outcomes for all patients, while benefiting the organization as a whole. 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Since then, I’ve felt like I’ve truly discovered my calling and would not change my experience for the world.</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></p>\r\n<h2 class=\"xmsolistparagraph\"><span>Have you had any faculty members who have made an impact on you while at WVU?</span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">I am convinced that every member of the faculty and staff at the School of Public Health consistently encourages students to be their best selves. <a href=\"https://directory.hsc.wvu.edu/Profile/52266\">Assistant Dean Scot McIntosh</a> not only made me feel at home at the school, but he also pushed me beyond my comfort zone, something I am confident I would not have been able to do without him. </span><span data-contrast=\"auto\">His persistent readiness to listen to you, asking how you're doing, and inquiring about your life has really made me feel that my voice was always heard and that I mattered.</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"auto\">What are some unique or interesting experiences you’ve had during your time at WVU?</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">There are many ways to become engaged and spend time with faculty and classmates at the School of Public Health, so there is never a dull moment. I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a member of the <a data-udi=\"umb://document/86272dd4e28b417b9078803f4c625b6d\" href=\"#\" title=\"SAPH\">Student Association of Public Health</a> and appreciate the many people I've met and grown to know on a personal level.</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"auto\">You're <span class=\"NormalTextRun SCXW188685337 BCX0\">ending your academic journey during </span><span class=\"NormalTextRun SCXW188685337 BCX0\">a unique</span><span class=\"NormalTextRun SCXW188685337 BCX0\"> time in our history</span><span class=\"NormalTextRun SCXW188685337 BCX0\">. W</span><span class=\"NormalTextRun SCXW188685337 BCX0\">hat has been </span><span class=\"NormalTextRun SCXW188685337 BCX0\">both </span><span class=\"NormalTextRun SCXW188685337 BCX0\">good and bad about studying public health during a pandemic and completing your college </span><span class=\"NormalTextRun SCXW188685337 BCX0\">degree</span><span class=\"NormalTextRun SCXW188685337 BCX0\"> during this time?</span></span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">I thrive in social situations, I enjoy human interaction, and I learn best in a classroom setting, so when the pandemic struck, I worried that I would miss out on a lot. Despite the fact that classes were virtual throughout the pandemic, I believe educators did an excellent job of making learning meaningful and further immersing students into the subjects regardless of the conditions.</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"auto\">Tell us about your field placement experience.</span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">For my field placement, I was given the opportunity to work with <a href=\"https://directory.hsc.wvu.edu/Profile/57740\">Dr. Erik Carlton</a> and the Rare Disease Advisory Council. I was able to attend council meetings, perform research, aid in survey distribution, and work with incredible people to enhance the quality and accessibility of care for those living with rare diseases in West Virginia. </span></p>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">This experience provided me with the opportunity to work with people from many walks of life and professions. I had a great time seeing what Dr. Carlton does outside of the classroom and the many ways he gives back to his community; without his guidance throughout this experience, I don't believe I would be confident enough to say that my leadership skills have improved, and I am excited to see what the future holds.</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"auto\">What are your plans after graduation? What is your ultimate career goal? </span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">In the fall, I plan to attend WVU to pursue my <a data-udi=\"umb://document/1d495d643afe46a9aa79f8d326f6288d\" href=\"/students/graduate-programs/master-of-health-administration/\" title=\"Master of Health Administration\">Master of Health Administration</a> degree. My ultimate professional ambition is to work as a director of a healthcare facility. My mother has always told me to dream big and that dreams don't expire, so I'll keep pushing toward that objective until then.</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"auto\">What would you tell prospective students about WVU and the School of Public Health?</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">The WVU School of Public health is a place where you can accelerate your healthcare career and become a leader/advocate in your community. The continuous support and opportunities provided here will lead you to nothing short of success. </span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"auto\">What advice would you give to your freshman self?</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">I would advise my freshman self to do whatever makes YOU happy. Don't tell yourself that you are incapable of doing something or that you cannot control your happiness and success because, in the end, it is all up to you.</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"auto\">What do you think is the best tradition at WVU?</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">You have to go to at least one football game here at WVU…it’s tradition! </span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"auto\">Why should someone choose WVU to study public health?</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">The School of Public Health offers an outstanding faculty and staff who go above and beyond to ensure your success. From the minute you walk in to the moment you walk out, you will feel not only a sense of community, but also a sense of a forever home.</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></p>\r\n<h2><span data-contrast=\"auto\">Is there something people would be surprised to learn about you?</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></h2>\r\n<p><span data-contrast=\"auto\">On my third day at WVU, while hurrying to meet friends and without paying attention, I stepped on a snake and was bitten. Later that week, I sat in the wrong lecture room and was too embarrassed to leave, so I sat through the entire lecture.</span><span data-ccp-props=\"{}\"> </span></p>"}
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Yara Alamin

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Services Management and Leadership
School of Public Health

I am convinced that every member of the faculty and staff at the School of Public Health consistently encourages students to be their best selves.

How do you define public health? 

Public health is all about promoting and protecting the health of all individuals. For example, you are taught how to apply a Band-Aid after getting a paper cut; in public health, we do our best to prevent you from getting a paper cut in the first place. Above all, public health is a community that is constantly striving for a healthier future. 

Why did you choose WVU for your public health education? 

I chose public health as my major at WVU in a very unconventional way. I knew from the start that I wanted to attend WVU to further my studies and work in the healthcare sector. After many major adjustments and times of doubt, I decided to give Public Health a try. Since then, I’ve felt like I’ve truly discovered my calling and would not change my experience for the world. 

Have you had any faculty members who have made an impact on you while at WVU?

I am convinced that every member of the faculty and staff at the School of Public Health consistently encourages students to be their best selves. Assistant Dean Scot McIntosh not only made me feel at home at the school, but he also pushed me beyond my comfort zone, something I am confident I would not have been able to do without him. His persistent readiness to listen to you, asking how you're doing, and inquiring about your life has really made me feel that my voice was always heard and that I mattered. 

What are some unique or interesting experiences you’ve had during your time at WVU? 

There are many ways to become engaged and spend time with faculty and classmates at the School of Public Health, so there is never a dull moment. I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a member of the Student Association of Public Health and appreciate the many people I've met and grown to know on a personal level. 

You're ending your academic journey during a unique time in our history. What has been both good and bad about studying public health during a pandemic and completing your college degree during this time?

I thrive in social situations, I enjoy human interaction, and I learn best in a classroom setting, so when the pandemic struck, I worried that I would miss out on a lot. Despite the fact that classes were virtual throughout the pandemic, I believe educators did an excellent job of making learning meaningful and further immersing students into the subjects regardless of the conditions. 

Tell us about your field placement experience.

For my field placement, I was given the opportunity to work with Dr. Erik Carlton and the Rare Disease Advisory Council. I was able to attend council meetings, perform research, aid in survey distribution, and work with incredible people to enhance the quality and accessibility of care for those living with rare diseases in West Virginia.

This experience provided me with the opportunity to work with people from many walks of life and professions. I had a great time seeing what Dr. Carlton does outside of the classroom and the many ways he gives back to his community; without his guidance throughout this experience, I don't believe I would be confident enough to say that my leadership skills have improved, and I am excited to see what the future holds. 

What are your plans after graduation? What is your ultimate career goal?  

In the fall, I plan to attend WVU to pursue my Master of Health Administration degree. My ultimate professional ambition is to work as a director of a healthcare facility. My mother has always told me to dream big and that dreams don't expire, so I'll keep pushing toward that objective until then. 

What would you tell prospective students about WVU and the School of Public Health? 

The WVU School of Public health is a place where you can accelerate your healthcare career and become a leader/advocate in your community. The continuous support and opportunities provided here will lead you to nothing short of success.  

What advice would you give to your freshman self? 

I would advise my freshman self to do whatever makes YOU happy. Don't tell yourself that you are incapable of doing something or that you cannot control your happiness and success because, in the end, it is all up to you. 

What do you think is the best tradition at WVU? 

You have to go to at least one football game here at WVU…it’s tradition!  

Why should someone choose WVU to study public health? 

The School of Public Health offers an outstanding faculty and staff who go above and beyond to ensure your success. From the minute you walk in to the moment you walk out, you will feel not only a sense of community, but also a sense of a forever home. 

Is there something people would be surprised to learn about you? 

On my third day at WVU, while hurrying to meet friends and without paying attention, I stepped on a snake and was bitten. Later that week, I sat in the wrong lecture room and was too embarrassed to leave, so I sat through the entire lecture. 

Let’s go.