A Day in the Life: A Conversation with Pitt Public Health Students about Studying Public Health Genetics

May 24 at 8 PM ET- Live Stream

Join us and students from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health for a panel discussion about what it means to be pursuing a Masters of Public Health in Human Genetics. Learn more about the speakers (to the right) and join us on May 24th at 8 PM ET for the discussion.

Speakers

Rina Mahoney

What does public health genetics mean to you?

Public health genetics means applying genetics knowledge on a larger scale. We usually think of genetics as a field that’s highly personalized, but public health genetics represents an opportunity to use such information to improve the health of the community. 

Gracen Mitrick

What does public health genetics mean to you?

Public health genetics is providing quality access to genetic testing and counseling for everyone who requires it. PHG also means educating the community about different genetic disorders. I primary focus on utilizing public health strategies to educate the community.

Marilyn Ngo

What does public health genetics mean to you?

Public health genetics to me means a field full of passionate and dedicated people who are working together to improve population health and improving genetic literacy among the general public. When everyone thinks of public health, they think of infectious diseases and epidemiology, but incorporating genetics into public health can be a powerful driving force towards learning and treating diseases on a larger scale, whether it’s by refining and expanding genetic testing, screening, or tailoring medical treatments based on pharmacogenomics.

Samantha Runa

What does public health genetics mean to you?

Public health genetics is the intersection of overall health, public education, and genetics. It helps educate and support all individuals, whether they are aware that genetics can play a cause in their lives, those who want to understand more, and those who are fully immersed in genetic understanding. 

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