Courtney Phillips, BA

MPH Student in Departments of Health Systems & Policy, Health Education & Behavioral Science (Dual Concentration)

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Why public health?
At my kindergarten graduation, I told the audience that I wanted to be a nurse because I wanted to help make people feel better. Although the route I have taken is a bit different from the one I intended on taking when I was five, my end goal has always remained the same - to make people feel better.

Although my interests vary greatly, that is where the true beauty of having an MPH comes in; it is a multi-functional degree that will allow you to explore many different public health avenues throughout the course of your life while staying within the general area of public health.

Why Chose Rutgers School of Public Health
Rutgers School of Public Health was the right fit for me because I wanted to be able to give back to the state that I grew up in. The student body is made up of full-time students as well as part-time, working professionals and I have been fortunate enough to find out that my peers have also been my greatest teachers this past year. It is a great blend of faculty and students and I'm looking forward to returning for my second year at Rutgers School of Public Health.

Educational / Professional Background

B.A. Sociology from Bates College (Lewiston, Maine), concentrations in Philosophy and Religious Studies, 2011
Senior Thesis: Incarcerated in America: A Sociological Perspective of the Correctional Healthcare System Behind Bars

Career Goals

With my MPH, I hope to do many things throughout my life which include (but are not limited to) the study of social and behavioral health, correctional healthcare policy, mental health and nutritional education as well as hopefully open New Jersey-based Wellness Centers one day.