Recent graduates from the University of Michigan School of Public Health share their thoughts about distance learning, the many things they learned as students, and the personal and communal resilience that helped them navigate multiple public health crises while working toward graduate degrees.
Susan Ringler-Cerniglia, MPH ’04
From regional outbreaks to global pandemics, local public health experts respond regularly to public health crises. Susan Ringler-Cerniglia, MPH ’04, says the current pandemic has clarified the need for ongoing investment in public health.
Undergraduate public health student Reem Fawaz always wanted to make an impact in her community. She began her journey to medical school, then decided to include in her education a public health foundation, which she says is vital to achieving her goal of building healthier communities.
Michelle Khurana, MPH ’96, and her mother, Begum Zubeida Khurana, MPH ’76, have served the Dearborn area for decades as physicians and advocates. Michelle’s daughter Laila is an undergraduate student at the School of Public health, and they are each full of insight and passion about public health.
Trends and hashtags can raise awareness, but education and difficult conversations can really move the needle from injustice and racism to understanding and equity. Michigan student-athletes, including alum and current master’s student Briana Nelson, formed a student organization to move us forward to change.
Social determinants of health are key influences in shaping health outcomes. With this in mind, a group of six undergraduate students from the University of Michigan School of Public Health came together to publish a paper on how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact various social determinants of health as we look toward the future and the virus continues to spread.