Tara Temkar

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Tara Temkar

Tell us about yourself:

I am a second year student in the Public Health Graduate Program with a concentration of Environmental Health. I had the opportunity to work with a health department for a semester as an emergency preparedness coordinator. I learned a lot about dealing with real life public health issues. I did not get to experience any actual emergencies, but learning how to prepare for them was an excellent learning experience.

Your education:

I earned a B.S degree in Biology from University of Tampa.

Your vision:

I would like to do research on infectious diseases and someday be able to teach others about this critical and important area. Having a public health degree helps me achieve this goal because I can learn how to effectively communicate public health related issues to people who may not know or understand public health very well.   

Why Purdue:

I like the flexibility of Purdue's Public Health Graduate Program. It allowed me to pursue my interests without limitations. I also like the diversity of not just the subjects offered and taught, but of the community of students as well.

Your advice:

I encourage everyone to learn about public health because it is a subject that affects everyone. I believe the more somebody is aware of current events involving public health, the more likely they are to get involved and help promote change to the system.

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