Kevin Jian is working to lower the number of foodborne cases and outbreaks at a national level
Tony Lapiz didn’t know much about the public health profession, but he knew he wanted to improve community health through policy. Through an Oregon State alumna he met during an undergraduate internship, he learned that a degree in public health could help him achieve that goal.
A master’s degree student, Hayley Strenke has been busy shaping her future. The Oregon native studies Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH), which she became interested in while an undergraduate student in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences.
Jafra Thomas will receive his master’s degree in Public Health on June 17 and is currently a doctoral degree candidate pursuing his PhD in Kinesiology. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Sports Sciences and his first master’s degree in Health and Exercise Science from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif.
People say to me, ‘I could never do what you do,’ and I tell them, “Do what you can do. Everyone can help. If you have a passion, you have a purpose and likely a skill that can help. Don’t limit yourself. A local realty company has offered to donate funds to repair roofs damaged by Hurricane Matthew’s damaging winds and rain. A local Zonta volunteer, Antigone Cook, and a friend and OSU alum, Rachel Boyle, helped make curtains for the guest house. If you offer a service, we’ll do our best to match the need, even if it means sending you to another organization.”
For CPHHS alumna Julee Christianson, MPH ’14, it took a few years in the MPH program at Oregon State to find her passion. And now she’s turned that passion into a job that will undoubtedly improve the lives of others.