Public Health Graduate Program Admissions Amidst COVID

Voices Through the Mask
Voices Through the Mask
Public Health Graduate Program Admissions Amidst COVID
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The onset of COVID-19 has most definitely brought the field of public health to the center of attention as the pandemic enlarged both the importance and weaknesses of public health infrastructure. Unfortunately, this pandemic will not be the last which places an even greater importance on the strengthening of public health infrastructure. In response, there has been a rise in applicants for public health graduate programs across the nation as more students consider this field as an alternative or supplement to medicine. More interestingly, how have public health graduate schools shifted the way they communicate to prospective students especially as we transition to a greater reliance on virtual platforms? 

For this episode of “Voice Through the Mask”, we interviewed Ms. Ivone Foisy, Executive Director of Admissions and Recruitment at Emory Rollins School of Public Health, and Alejandro Arzu, a current MSPH student at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, to hear from both the admission office’s and student’s perspectives on the impacts COVID had on public health graduate schools. 

Sources: 

Andrew Joseph March, et al. “Driven by the Pandemic, Applicants Flood Public Health Schools.” STAT, 17 Mar. 2021.