Jaime Escobedo

Track: Stand-alone

Jaime Escobedo

Tell us about yourself:

When I am not in school, I am either working at the Benton County Health Department or at Franciscan St. Elizabeth Hospital as a medical scribe. During my undergraduate career, I served as a volunteer for Banner-UMC in both pediatric and bone marrow transplant departments. I am currently a member of the Public Health Student Association, which provides an even larger amount of public health discussions. In my spare time, I love to read. One of my favorite books is “The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear” by Seth Mnookin.

Your education:

BS in nutritional sciences from the University of Arizona.

Your vision:

Beginning in Fall 2018, I will start an accelerated nursing program and will work as an RN thereafter. After a few years of nursing experience, I hope to enroll in a Nurse Practitioner program. With my background in nutrition, public health, and nursing, I hope to provide comprehensive healthcare to women, children, and families with an emphasis in preventive medicine. Having an MPH will provide me with the public health knowledge and experience I need to better understand disease prevention and health inequalities in our country.

Why Purdue:

Purdue's Public Health Graduate Program (PHGP) is about to be an accredited public health program which will positively influence my career path! From another prespective, I love that the class sizes are small (15-28 students), especially since my smallest undergraduate class was 150. For the most part, each class project is based on my public health interests so I never feel like I’m being forced to read or learn something. I genuinely enjoy the research I’m doing. I also appreciate that my professors are often available outside of class, allowing for better clarification about projects I may be struggling with. The program prepare me well to the practical public health field. The course format, the practicum experience, and the culminating project are great ways of preparation. HK 675: Design & Analysis of Public Health Interventions, was one of my favorite classes. Dr. Andrea DeMaria is a great instructor and this course is one that allows you to reach out to a community in need. Although I haven’t started it yet, I will start my Practicum Experience in Spring 2018 at Believe Midwifery Services. I expect it to be challenging, time-consuming, but also really fun as I learn about the multiple parts of women’s health and pregnancy. I also have enjoyed the beginnings of my culminating project so far. I am researching the frequency of emergency contraception (EC) use among college-aged women and what demographics/ behaviors are predictive in repeated EC use. It has really opened my eyes to the relative lack of sexual education that women receive.

Your advice:

You are already making a difference by pursuing this route of education! Utilize office hours, do your readings, and build positive relationships with your professors, peers, and communities.

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