BSCH Professional Scholarship Winners
In an effort to help promote professional development, the BSCH Department strongly believes in supporting students joining professional organizations.
Each year, the Department awards two, 1-year student memberships to the American Public Health Association (APHA). This year, the awards went to Stacey Griner and Maggie Peng. Awards are based on each applicant’s resume and 250 word essay describing their commitment to the Public Health Profession.
The APHA is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world and has been working to improve public health since 1872. Members enjoy a wealth of benefits and resources, including information on latest trends, research, legislation, advocacy and policy issues through multiple print and online publications, expert commentaries and many networking opportunities.
Stacey Griner is a second year student in the Fall and plans to apply to the PhD program following her MPH. She is currently finishing up her training to be a facilitator for the Quit Smoking Now program and eventually would like to do research on women’s heath issues and more specifically, disparities in sexual health education. “I believe encouraging a culture of self-empowerment and education will make a difference,” said Griner.
Maggie Peng is also a second year student. She is hoping to attend dental school upon completing her MPH and practice public health dentistry. Specifically, she plans to focus on oral health of the community with an emphasis on pediatrics. She previously worked at the Alachua County Health Department’s Oral Health Coalition mapping out prevention efforts for the community.
“I have really enjoyed my time so far as an MPH student and look forward to learning more within the area of public health” said Peng.