Why Students choose the School of Public Health

Marvellous Akinlotan

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Program:

PhD in Health Services Research

Origins:

Nigeria

Undergraduate:

Dentistry

Professional Interests:

Rural public health research, health care access, oral health

Involvement: 

The Southwest Rural Health Research Center, Center for Future Faculty

 

“The School of Public Health is a good place to be as a doctoral student for several reasons - the faculty thoroughly mentor students and steer them towards helpful resources and the opportunity to get a diverse education and exposure while on the Texas A&M campus.”

 

Growing up in Nigeria, I noticed that the imbalance of public health services was an issue, which further influenced my study of factors affecting the health of low income and underserved populations. These factors have consequences on mortality, life expectancy and access to care throughout the world. I felt that getting into a program that investigated underserved areas was a great fit for me.

I’ve been involved in several research projects that are exciting. In the Southwest Rural Research Center, I was on a team that examined the mortality of chronic diseases across America. I examined national data and studied patterns associated with mortality and learned what factors are driving these patterns.

In the first year of my doctoral program, I enrolled in the Center for Future Faculty. I attended several seminars where I learned about the different dimensions of life in academia. I was also allowed to observe faculty teach and provide feedback. It was a wonderful experience for those who may be interested in teaching someday.

I am always excited about research and I love to use data to tackle public health problems. When my doctoral program is complete, my ideal position is one where I can maximize academic and industry partnerships. The School of Public Health has allowed me to do research that is impactful, and that’s what I enjoy the most.