Lisa Sciacca

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Lisa Sciacca

Why Purdue:

The MPH program greatly complements my BSN program. The material I am learning in my MPH courses have already proved to “fill in the gaps” of my nursing degree. While I learn about individualized patient-centered care in my nursing courses, I am learning about how to address the health of an entire community in my MPH courses. I am learning about theories of health behaviors so that I can learn the motivation behind my patient’s behavior, and therefore more accurately and more effectively help them work toward a healthier life. 

The course load:

I am currently enrolled in 15 credit hours, a very doable and average course load for any Purdue student. I have found the MPH curriculum to be flexible and accommodating. I am learning that undergraduate and graduate level courses are very different in terms of structure, which I feel makes the BSN/MPH very complementary. In my opinion, where undergraduate level classes are heavy in exams, memorization and “fit into the box” ways of learning, graduate level classes are structured more toward readings, discussions and combining experience with theory. Because they are two different kinds of thinking and learning, I feel that my nursing courses and the MPH courses never clash, and that I am not going to burn out on learning. For these reasons, I feel that working on both my BSN and MPH simultaneously is not difficult in terms of the extra course load.

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