The Power of Public Health


When it starts to feel scary, you know you are headed in the right direction.


We made it to end of the academic year! Can you believe it? It seems like orientation was just a couple of weeks ago.

As I sit and reflect on all the things from this past year, I am incredibly grateful for the amazing classmates I met, the wonderful classes I took, and the incredible lessons I learned. I now understand why the JHSPH is the number one School of Public Health: because of people like you! 

Over the past year, you have made incredible contributions to the school, research, and your field of study. We want you to be proud of your growth as a scholar, researcher and most importantly as a person. Although sometimes we think we have not come very far and it may seem like we are in the same place than a few months ago, please know that you have accomplished so much more than you think. Be proud of yourself!

Whether you are finishing your degree or have a few more years left at the school, we (JHSPH) are extremely lucky to have you. If you are graduating, congratulations and remember that you will always be a part of the JHSPH family, now as an alumnus. If you have a couple more years at the school, there are so many more opportunities waiting for you. The important thing is to continue to move forward, continue our work as public health leaders, and continue to better ourselves. 

The world needs us more than ever. It sure feels scary, but it is probably because we are heading in the right direction. Remember that there is so much power behind public health and there is so much power within you. Use it well.

Thank you for all your contributions to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and thank you for allowing me to be your JHSPH Office of Student Life Graduate Assistant. 

Thank you by Marco Verch under Creative Commons 2.0 

-Paul Delgado, ScM 20’ 

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