Kanza Zafar

Track: 4+1

Kanza Zafar

Tell us about yourself:

Being a part of the Public Health Student Association (PHSA) is one of my most exciting experiences. I have been involved in a variety of activities from talking to prospective students about our MPH program to volunteering at different events around the community. My favorite activity was working at a booth to promote physical activity in children. We played different games with children and hopefully showed them how fun being active can be!

Your education:

I earned my undergraduate degree from Purdue University with Double Major: Bachelors of Science in Psychological Sciences; Human Development and Family Studies.

Your vision:

I see health of our nation improving significantly, where all individuals have the knowledge, skills, and opportunity to live a healthy lifestyle. I want to be a part of creating this change. I hope to use my public health degree to work with low-income families, specifically children, to create behavior changes that focus on early prevention.

Why the accelerated MPH track at Purdue: 

I choose the 4+1 program track because it would give me flexibility as well as choice in a variety of classes in public health. The 4+1 program would also allow me to finish early so that I could get involved in making changes as a public health professional. The connections I have made with students, faculty, and members of the local community is the best part of the Public Health Graduate Program (PHGP). Every student, in the MPH program, has a unique set of experiences and skills. I have learned a lot from working with those around me.

Your advice:

One advice I would give from my public Health experience so far is that you should not give up, especially when things become challenging. You have to remember what you are working towards and why!

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