Christelene Horton

Track: PhD + MPH

Christelene Horton

Tell us about yourself:

I am currently the president of Purdue Industrial Hygiene Student Association. Because I am a public health student I stress the importance of understanding how occupation and environmental health is connected to Public Health. I explain to them that we are risk mitigators that partner with different entities to reduce the incidence and prevalence of risky behaviors and or practices. As president of the club I partner with national and local AIHA chapters to organize events and activities that are beneficial for both grad and undergraduate students.

Your education:

I earned my BA from Oberlin College then I competed my MS (Medical & Research Technology) from University of MD School of Medicine. Currently, I am a PhD student (Occupational and Environmental Health, Health Sciences) at Purdue University with expected gradation in Fall 2018.

Your vision:

My long term goal is to engage in policy locally and as it relates to global health. My vision for the future is to work with policy makers to ensure that everyone has equal access to healthcare as a right. Lack of good healthcare robs one of their dignity and their contribution to a growing society.

Why pair a MPH degree with your PhD/MS at Purdue:

As a PhD student in occupational and environmental health, focusing on environmental epidemiology, I think that a Public Health degree adds focus and purpose to the body of knowledge and research experience that’s gained pursuing a PhD. The MPH has helped me to communicate the practical importance of my PHD research. I like that the Public Health Graduate Program at Purdue encompasses different disciplines. The professors are open and engaged in working with students and it is a tight-knit community, the students all know each other.

Your Advice:

Don’t limit yourself by your preconceived notion of Public Health, but be open to exploring the dynamic intercollegiate world of Public Health.

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