Hey everyone! I’m Eliza and I’m new to the public health ambassadors this year. I’m a third-year B.A. public health student from Rancho Palos Verdes, California. I am one of the College of Public Health undergraduates who will be posting on this blog. My interest areas in public health include global public health, maternal and child health, community interventions, and vaccination campaigns. One thing I love about public health is how broad the field is!
I am involved in many organizations and clubs on campus outside of being an ambassador for the College of Public Health. I volunteer with Iowa Admissions, helping recruit and answer questions for out-of-state students. I really enjoy being able to share my experiences as an undergraduate student with future Hawkeyes! Healthy LifeStars is a public health organization I recently joined in February and has amplified my passion for community and behavioral health. With Healthy LifeStars, I am a treasurer and graphic designer. We work with local kids in the community to encourage healthy habits and lifestyle choices. Prior to the pandemic, I volunteered with Aramark Football Concessions during the Hawkeye Football games to raise money for Salt Company, a local ministry. I am also a member of the Celi-Yak Club on campus! We raise awareness for celiac disease, gluten allergies, and intolerances, while advocating for and empowering students with dietary restrictions who live in the residence halls. In addition to all of my extra-curricular activities, I hold a part-time job as a tutor! I love being able to help students gain confidence in their coursework.
I’m currently enrolled in the following courses:
CPH: 2050 Second Year Undergrad Public Health Seminar
Every fall, public health undergraduates take a 1 s.h. seminar course! Second-year seminar prepares students for their experiential learning requirement for the College of Public Health. If you didn’t know, experiential learning is where students get to take the skills they have learned in the classroom and apply them into a real-world setting. To fulfill this requirement, you can participate in research, an internship, service-learning, and global learning. This course also teaches students how to develop resumes and cover letters.
CPH: 2230 Finding Patient Zero
Finding Patient Zero is one of my public health electives. I have learned a lot about virology and how zoonoses occur. As a class, we have evaluated past pandemics like the 1918 Spanish Flu and compared the response to our current pandemic. My small group is currently working on a video project supporting the argument that the Rift Valley Fever Virus could be our next pandemic.
CPH: 2600 Introduction to Public Health Methods
This course has given me an introduction to both quantitative and qualitative research methods. I learned how to use Stata this semester to organize, analyze, and interpret data. This class builds heavily off of the course material from CPH:1600 Public Health Science. I love that this class facilitates discussion and uses examples from current research projects. I have learned a lot about focus groups and participated in one during our lab section this semester. Study designs, in-depth interviews, participant observations, document reviews, screening tests, and displays of data are just a few of the many topics we have covered this semester.
CPH: 3100 Health Economics
This is an introductory course in the principles of applying basic microeconomic theory. The instructors have talked a lot about health insurance, how the healthcare industry operates, and the role of government in healthcare. I have learned how to anticipate supply and demand based on barriers and outside factors. I also learned to use cost-effective analysis as an economic evaluation tool.
CPH: 3500 Global Public Health
Global Public Health is my favorite course so far! I absolutely love the content being presented and we have had many guest speakers throughout the semester. The most important thing I have learned so far in this class is that as public health professionals, we need to look at the environment as a whole when implementing interventions. The people who best know what is needed in a community are the community members! This class built off of principles from CPH:1800 Social and Psychological Determinants of Health. I have learned about the major global public health challenges facing the world today and what contributes to the disease burden in those situations. Dr. Story has also talked about the ethical implications of working with vulnerable populations in a cross-cultural context.
GHS: 4002 Working in Global Health
Working in Global Health is all about discovering the many different realms of global health in which you can work. Dr. Brunner-Luse has provided so many resources for jobs I can pursue after graduation and beyond. I really like how she uses current news topics in her class material. This course involves not only working on developing the skills you need for a job but making sure you can promote health globally. This is my third class with Dr. Brunner-Luse and I highly recommend her courses!
I hope I was able to show the numerous opportunities for education and involvement at the University of Iowa. Throughout the semester, I hope to write more about my experiences here, including how I am able to stay involved despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Be sure to follow along with all of our blog posts!
– Eliza Steere