Hi, my name is Chantelle Vernon. As the Graduate President of the Public Health Student Association, I am delighted to welcome all of you to the College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University, and commend you on your choice to pursue the field of public health.
Throughout my academic career at ETSU my passion for Public Health has grown dramatically. When I arrived here in Johnson City from Toronto, Canada, I knew that I wanted to help people and make a difference in others’ lives, yet I was not certain how to achieve that goal. However through my studies, I learned that through public health I can help improve the health and well being of communities not only locally but around the world as well, and I love that.
As an undergraduate student at ETSU, I originally pursued careers in biology and nursing. In the end, after discovering public health there was no other choice for me, and it was the best academic decision I have made. I am currently continuing my education in the field of public health as I pursue a Masters Degree in Public Health concentrating in Epidemiology. Ultimately, I plan on pursuing a doctoral degree in public health with the intent to work on the global stage.
The achievements in public health during the 20th century have improved the quality of life for so many to a staggering extent. As future public health professionals, it is our role to continue the improvement of the public’s health locally, nationally and internationally. Through my educational experience at ETSU, I feel I am being prepared for the next stages of my life and the next era of public health. If I were to do it all over again, I would not change anything.
“Health care matters to all of us some of the time, public health matters to all of us all of the time"
C. Everett Koop