What This Is

Welcome! I am a twenty-something New Yorker currently pursuing a Master’s degree in — you guessed it — public health (MPH). Although there are numerous facets to public health, my studies concentrate on techniques for behavior modification and health promotion.

As a lifelong writer and frequent reader of several healthy lifestyle/food blogs, I had always considered creating my own blog, but could never quite pinpoint what the focus would be until recently myself in a growing number of situations where I thought, “Hey, that’s interesting; I wonder what other people think,” or “Wow, I really wish I had a place to share THAT with the world.”

This blog is home to discussion of all things wellness-related, perhaps even some topics you may not have previously thought to be in the realm of health. My main interests are diet and nutrition (whole grains/produce/quality protein/healthy fats) and fitness (cardio exercise/strength training), but I’ll also delve into the wonderful worlds of sanitation (really, is there anything worse than a grimy public bathroom?), stress (an intangible but significant reality), the environment, mind-body wellness, mental and emotional health via creativity and spirituality, plus any other topics pertinent to all the fun little encounters of our daily lives.

Stay tuned for meal photos, product and service (food, store, travel, hotel) reviews, news “clippings” and alerts, deals spotted, recipes, thought-provokers, tidbits I pick up in class, friendly debates, and more … all from a health-minded perspective.

As someone with not only a lot to say, but also a love for photography, I’ll do my best to make this blog as fun and informative to read as possible.

Please do introduce yourself. Let the discussion begin!

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21 responses to “What This Is

  1. Welcome to the blogging world! 🙂

  2. balancejoyanddelicias

    welcome!!! Love more health researchers join this amazing community! 😀

  3. Hey, thanks for reading my blog- and I look forward to reading more from you.
    I am very interested in public health, and excited to have someone writing from this perspective. Sounds great!
    Beautiful photo of the beach by the way!

  4. angiesappetite

    Welcome to the blog world!! I look forward to reading your thoughts….good to have you here!

  5. Hey! Just saw your blog through Kath Eats and I’d love to hear more about your MPH experiences. That’s one (of zillion) graduate programs I’m thinking about, but one of the things that’s held me back is, what do I DO with it, and how prepared am I for it with my Comm degree? I’d really be interested in hearing more about your educational background, what made you decide to do MPH, and what you want to do when you’re done (you can email me haha if you don’t think blogland would be as interested as I am in all that).

  6. masteringpublichealth

    Hey, Hallie! Thanks for stopping by. I agree, it can be very confusing as to what line of work to pursue with an MPH degree, but the field is so multifaceted that it can truly take you anywhere. Friends suggested becoming a dietitian, etc., but I really wanted my work to have a broader focus/impact than a one-on-one, individual setting. That’s just what public health is all about. There are MPH program focuses ranging from administrative roles (i.e. health policy management — think long-term care facilities) to epidemiology (the study of disease/statistics, etc.), to health promotion (teaching, psychology, program planning), etc. Since the field is so wide and has so many applications, some even opt for (intense) MD/MPH programs, some for JD/MPH programs! It all really depends upon one’s interests. Many in my classes are already employed within the field at insurance companies, billing departments, and the like. Many are physicians. However, there are also people straight out of college. Personally, my undergraduate degree was very unrelated to health/science, but I feel that’s unusual; many of my classmates were biology, environmental science (another MPH avenue), or nursing majors, etc. A communications degree is probably okay, depending on what you’d like to pursue — do take a few health courses, though, and use you essay to your advantage. Good luck!

  7. Great blog! 🙂

  8. Hey! this is totally what I want to get my masters in :)!

  9. I just found your blog and I wanted to say hello. I was excited to see the name of your blog as I have often considered going back to school for my MPH with a focus in health promotion (my bachelor’s is marketing)!!

  10. Thanks for posting on my blog – always happy to find another fantastic blgo to read 🙂

  11. hi! I am majoring in community health..cool page.

  12. just found your blog–i’m a semi-recent MPH grad (2008) who focuses on fitness/nutrition/health behaviors. love your enthusiasm (and blog title), and can’t wait to read more!

  13. Hi there… just ran across your blog today. I’m a third year med student with a big interest in nutrition and public health, so I ‘m glad to find you. Looking forward to following… :mrgreen:

  14. Just clicked over from another blog’s comment section and I was intrigued by the blog name. I’m in grad school getting my master’s in chemical engineering… though the only thing related to engineering is that I use some equations. My research is about tuberculosis treatment and it’s really piqued an interest in public health for me. I’m getting ready to graduate and start working, hopefully in the general health direction. I think I’ll eventually go back for an MPH though. Can’t wait to read!

  15. Blueberrymuffins, Brittany & Eliza – Glad to hear about your interests in the public health/community health promotion world. (Brittany – don’t let an unrelated undergraduate degree–which I also had–stop you from pursuing your passion!) Thanks for reading.

    Catherine & JHunt – Appreciate your stopping by; hope you’ll stick around!

    Andi – It sounds like we have a lot in common — I gotta check out your blog! Thank you for the kind words.

    Veggielady4life – So glad to have you in the audience. Your perspective will be greatly appreciated.

    Katie – Very cool — epidemiology is a major component of public health. Though my concentration is not in that area, it is an extremely important one! I look forward to your insights.

  16. Just stumbled upon your blog and I am so excited to have done so! I’m considering applying for MPH programs and look forward to hearing what you have to say 🙂

  17. Hey just found your blog, love it! I also hold an MPH in Health Promotion & Education (and I’m CHES certified too, you should look into that). There’s not too many of us so I always get excited when I see a fellow MPH-er! I’m now a medical writer in public health, food safety, pregnancy and diabetes and I could not have gotten my wonderful job w/o my MPH. Best of luck to you 🙂 It’s a wonderful field!

  18. Hey! I came across your blog because I kept seeing the title and was intrigued. I’m an MPH-er as well. I graduated last May and have very similar interests as you do — in the areas of health promotion and behavior change. I always get really excited (in a super nerdy way, haha) to come across others who are interested in the field!! Looking forward to reading more 🙂

  19. Lia, Jen, & Lauren – Glad to connect with you! So interesting to read about all the different jobs filled by MPH students/grads. The spectrum of options is certainly advantageous but can also make it complicated to explain your intentions to others asking about future career plans. I look forward to reading what you have to say as well.

  20. Hey! I am very excited to find your blog since I am getting my MPH as well! Though my degree is in global epidemiology, I am interested in a health promotion & behavior change perspective. Also, THANK YOU for going into sanitation on here. I try not to be too extreme, but I can’t help but notice when it’s lacking (it’s horrible, but I cringe when people don’t cough into their sleeve). Anyway, I can’t wait to read more! 🙂

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