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Public Health program to graduate first students

Although the master of science in public health program at Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences opened in August 2012, it will graduate its first two students Saturday.


“We are proud of our first graduates and we’re looking forward to having many more join them in the future,” said Tina Tseng, chair of the department of public health. “We are excited that Campbell alumni will now be part of the public health workforce.”


Rebekah West and Kristina Wolfe took on extra work over the course of a year and half and will graduate ahead of schedule. Both students have already accepted full-time positions for life after Campbell University.


“Thanks to the MSPH faculty, I am well equipped with public health knowledge, specifically barriers in access and knowledge facing rural communities,” said West. “The education I have obtained from Campbell University has fully prepared me to discuss public health in a professional setting and has given me a passion to positively impact health outcomes in rural areas.”


West has accepted a position as an Active Routes to School Project Coordinator under the Community Transformation Grant. She will be working with schools within 10 counties in North Carolina to increase the number of children who meet physical activity recommendations.


“I applied to Campbell’s Public Health program with a desire to serve my community and I will graduate as a public health professional equipped to go out and make a difference!”


The pair of students will participate in Campbell University’s commencement ceremony on December 14, 2013 in Buies Creek, North Carolina.

 

Photo: December graduate, Rebekah West