Prospective Students : Why Choose UM?

Audrey Jacobsen

MD/MPH, Global Health, Minority Health and Health Disparities

In one sentence, what is public health to you?

Public health is a way for me to better understand my patients’ illnesses in the larger context of their disease so that I can provide more comprehensive and holistic health care.

What inspired you to study to public health?

I was inspired to study public health after my study abroad semester with the International Honors Program to Washington D.C., Tanzania, and Vietnam. The goal of the program was to compare community health care between all three countries. This program showed me the many ways that public health can positively impact communities around the globe.

What is the one piece of advice you wish someone had given you when you were starting out in public health?

One piece of advice I wish I had gotten when starting out in public health was insight into how much effort and time it takes to design, research, and implement a public health intervention. It’s important to work on a team, plan in advance, and be flexible when working on interventions.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that the public health field should be focusing on?

The biggest challenge in public health is finding novel ways to address health disparities in our communities.