Zaynab Enayetullah knows choosing public health was right for her as the COVID-19 pandemic broke during her second semester at uLethbridge.
Why did you choose to study public health?
"When I was in grade 11, I did a project comparing healthcare in Canada to healthcare in a developing nation. Before that class, I had always seen healthcare only as treatment, but there is so much more involved in keeping a population healthy or preventing the disease from starting in the first place. I really enjoyed studying preventative medicine, so I looked for programs and uLethbridge has one of the only undergraduate programs in Canada in public health."
How did you know you were studying the right program?
"I took epidemiology during the spring 2020 term and it was one of my favourite classes! Epidemiology focuses on the distribution and determinants leading to disease. This was right when COVID-19 was gaining momentum and I made so many connections from the classroom to real life. I’d never experienced that before."
Everything I was learning in class was applicable to the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic; it has truly changed life as we know it. It was an amazing experience to be able to share what I was learning with those around me. It was reassuring, for sure."
How has liberal education played a role in your program?
"It helps to have a broad knowledge of different subjects because you end up applying them in many situations. I learned a lot of valuable information in my cultural anthropology course that I ended up applying to my program. Public health is about population health; all groups need to be represented so you can provide everyone with the best kind of health care. Canada is a multicultural country; when dealing with people, we cannot take the same approach with everyone. We have to deal with people from different cultures with sensitivity."
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