MPH invites public health professionals to speak at UIS
by Professor Kristin Osiecki, Ph.D.
With UIS campus situated in the capitol of Illinois, it allows faculty to partner with public health associations and agencies to enhance the student learning experience. This semester, the public health department invited numerous public health professionals from both the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA) to speak to students.
In a campus-wide event, IPPH Director Shah presented on prioritizing public health issues in Illinois. Students learned about the challenges of identifying issues that are harmful, illegal or both and how measuring risk is important in the decision-making process.
Students then participated in a question and answer session that gave them an opportunity to discuss topics important to them.
In addition to this event, public health professionals have been invited to present on a variety issues in the classroom including health equities, health policy and health promotion. Students are learning first-hand about the practical applications of public health and discovering potential career paths that they can pursue after completing their degree or certificate.