Public Health as a Responsibility

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Erica Koegler is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Health Sciences at the MU School of Health Professions. She earned her Master's in Social Work Degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and a Doctorate in Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Q: How did you choose public health as a career? A: It’s been an interesting path that led me to research in public health. Originally, I thought I would become a child psychologist. Then, I joined the Peace Corps and worked as an HIV educator in rural Tanzania, in sub-Saharan Africa. This experience changed my worldview. I realized that an individual does not have that much of a chance at optimal well-being if the environment that they live in cannot sustain their basic, let alone higher, needs. I was still interested in mental health, but decided to approach it from...

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