Public Health (MPH)
Staci Coussens is a Program Coordinator in Nutrition and Wellness at the University of Illinois Extension office for Livingston, McLean and Woodford Counties.
She has always wanted to educate people on how to have a healthier life. Even though her undergraduate degree is in nutrition, she was unable to become a Registered Dietitian after she completed her degree, and this made it difficult to get a job in nutrition.
“Most nutrition jobs require you to be a registered dietitian,” she says, “so I decided to get my Master’s of Public Health so I could broaden my knowledge of health past nutrition and still be able to education people on how to live a healthy life.”
With healthier living as her goal, it’s hardly surprising that a class assignment which stands out in her memory is a paper that she wrote for her Public Health Policy and Administration class about the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. In the paper she explored the benefits and problems of the federal government’s child nutrition and free lunch programs.
Of her online program, Staci says, ” I have appreciated the ability to get my Master’s in a program I wanted without having to drive an hour to go to classes. I have recommended UIS online to several people already.”
In the future Staci will continue to work for the University of Illinois Extension “with hopes of becoming an educator at some point.”
Now that she has finished her degree, Stacy is looking forward to spending less time with her assignments and more time with her kids. “My husband just started his MBA,” she says, “so I’ll be keeping them out of his hair so he can study.”