As a young Peace Corps volunteer, Connie Currier, assistant professor in MSU’s online Master of Public Health program, was shocked to learn that the women in the remote village where she was serving had to walk 18 miles to get a bucket of water for their families’ daily needs. Currier, who spent two years in Africa as a Population Fellow with the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council, brings 25 years of cross-cultural experience to MSU’s Master of Public Health Program.
Spartan in public health, Claire Schertzing, MPH ’20, pursued a degree in public health because it allowed her to combine her love of human health and biological sciences with her interest in how culture shapes a person's experience. She is pursuing a career in global health, with a particular interest in the prevention and control of infectious diseases like malaria.
MSU’s online Master of Public Health program is training up the next generation of public health professionals who will tackle new problems that arise in the United States and abroad. Mieka Smart, assistant professor, says it’s especially important for MSU students to have international experience so they can gain a global public health perspective.