Ambassador Spotlight: Emily Bartlett, MPH Program
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Can you tell me a little about your background, and why you chose to earn your MPH at UNE Online?
I’m from Maine, so I’ve known about UNE for a long time now. I got my undergraduate degree at The University of King’s College in Nova Scotia, majoring in International Development with a minor in Health.
After graduation I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but I knew that I wanted to continue my education in the health field. During my undergrad I took a course in epidemiology, which ended up being my favorite class. I loved the material potential, so I looked into MPH programs and discovered this online program.
Throughout most of my time in the MPH program I’ve been working as a grant writer for The Salvation Army of Northern New England, where I write grants for their social service programs. In May I finished my last course and I’m currently completing my field experience.
What do you hope to do with your MPH?
In the future, I’d like to work with refugee populations with a specific focus on reproductive health. I’ve been able to align my MPH with my undergrad degree by focusing my studies on this population. Further down the road, I’m considering going for my Ph.D., but for now, I’m focusing on finishing my field experience and getting my Master’s degree.
The online format has allowed me to work and get experience while taking classes at the same time. My job is highly relevant to the field that I want to be in, so my job and my education are supplementing each other very nicely. I’ve been able to apply the knowledge learned in my public health classes to many everyday situations both inside and outside my work environment. Having classes online has been a wonderful way to get practical experience at the same time.
How did you get involved with the APHA-SA?
I heard about the APHA-SA (American Public Health Association – Student Assembly) on social media.I became a regular member after I enrolled and matriculated into the program. In the spring of 2017 I ran for office and was elected to the board. It’s been a great experience and a great way to interact with my classmates! Holding this board position has definitely been one of the best decisions I made during my MPH career.
What did you like most about studying at UNE Online?
The best thing about UNE Online is that I am in charge of my own schedule. I don’t have to worry about classes conflicting with my work day. And if I’m planning on going on a trip or vacation, I just take my laptop, and my classroom travels with me!
If there’s one thing you would want a potential student to know before starting in this program, what would it be?
You have to be very productive on your own. Each class is eight weeks, and I like that format, there really is no chance to get behind because something is due every few days. You need to be very self-motivated.