Caitlin Shepler

Track: 4+1

Caitlin Shepler

Tell us about yourself:

I am very interested in working with the elderly and creating better living conditions and a more satisfying overall lifestyle for them. I spent several years volunteering at a retirement center back home and completed an internship there. I worked in the wellness department and was able to create a fitness class for the residents that allowed them to safely maintain or improve their physical and mental health by remaining active and educated on exercise guidelines. In my undergraduate studies, I had the opportunity to participate in a public health study abroad program in England, Scotland and Ireland, studying contemporary issues in international health, which was absolutely fascinating and eye-opening.

Your education:

I graduated with my Bachelors in Public Health in December 2017 from Purdue University

Your vision:

I chose public health because the courses align with what I want to do upon graduation, and it gives me a variety of job opportunities to choose from. Ultimately, I want to work in a retirement center, possibly in health care administration. I have considered continuing my education and becoming a Nurse Practitioner or Physician’s Assistant, as well. Public Health gives me a great background if I decide to pursue this path.

Why the accelerated MPH option at Purdue:

I attended Purdue for my undergraduate degree and had great experiences with the professors and staff. After talking to more people about the 4+1 MPH program and learning more about it, I found that its curriculum would strengthen my leadership skills that are necessary to guide and manage employees in the work place. There are a variety of courses offered relating to my career goals, so I felt Purdue’s program would allow me to further expand my public health education to effectively work with the elderly population. I’ve had great experiences with several faculty members in the public health program, so Purdue seemed like a perfect, welcoming fit.

Your goals on the first year of the program:

I am looking forward to taking courses in subjects that directly apply to my career and professional goals. I think I will come away from this year with a deeper understanding of public health issues and how I can apply this knowledge to develop better programs, which excites me!

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