Lindsey Robertson, August 2016 graduate, presenting her internship project "Think Sharp" to Calloway United Benevolent Services (CUBS) on August 31, 2016.
A Moment with Alumna Lindsey Robertson, August 2016 graduate...
How did you select your major? What was your favorite thing about your major? Why should prospective students consider public and community health?
Public Health was brand new to Murray State when I joined. There were actually only 2 other students in the program at the time. I had gone to Career Services because I was not satisfied in my previous major and did not know where to turn. They asked what my interests were and said that I sounded like the perfect match for Public Health. I reviewed the course list and spoke with the head of the department who told me everything that I can do with this degree. It was exactly what I was looking for in the first place. I knew then that Public Health was the only program for me.
My favorite part about this major are the variety of classes in the curriculum. We gain skills in nutrition, diseases, program planning, and communication. I love that you become friends with others in the program, because you end up in many of the same classes. I love our organization, SHEA, and the fact that we plan to be a powerful voice in the community in the not so distant future.
Others should consider this major because Public Health is a growing field with endless possibilities. Every professor is highly motivated to help you become successful. This major is perfect for a person who is interested in the preventative end of the medical field rather than the clinical. You will gain valuable skills and build lifelong friendships along the way.
The PCH program requires an internship. What was the best part of this experience? Discuss your internship project and what your ultimate hope is for it and ideal community impact.
I interned with the Executive team of Murray Calloway County Hospital. This was an amazing experience. I learned all about the administrative side of health care while rotating between the six executives each day over the course of an entire summer. I attended their meetings, helped plan events, experienced the day-to-day of many of the departments, and even got to present to them myself. My favorite part of this experience was building my internship project and all of the support I received while doing so. These people went far out of their way to make sure my project was successful. I was very pleased with the overall experience.
For my internship project, I built a program designed to provide safe needle disposal locations to the diabetic community of Murray-Calloway County. I got to present this project to the executive team, all of the hospital directors, and to groups such as ASAP and CUBS. The project is still on going. I hope that the impact for the community will be that less needles in our community will end up in the trash and ultimately landfills, but most importantly, out of the hands of those who would wish to abuse them.
What advice and recommendations would you like to give current and prospective students?
My advice to incoming, or even current students, would be to get as involved as you possibly can. There are so many opportunities on campus, and honestly I wish I had taken advantage of more of them. Take an on-campus job, join a club, study abroad, take summer internships, do anything you can to give yourself the advantage after graduation. You only get a short time on campus, so make the most of it!
What are your goals and ambitions for work and/ or graduate school?
I love program planning and health promotion, as well as community outreach. I hope that I can incorporate these interests into a future career. For the time being, I have an entry-level position for the hospital where I hope to improve my computer skills, gain knowledge about our healthcare system, and work towards a master’s degree