Last Tuesday November 22, I got the chance to catch up with my good friend Amanda (BMC’16) who is a current grad student at University of Pennsylvania’s Urban Spatial Analytics masters program. Although Amanda was a cities major at Bryn Mawr and I am a physics major, we managed to share one 20th century Eastern European history course together last fall semester. We also knew each other through working on the Bryn Mawr Concert Series board. We grabbed dinner at Ochatto near Penn’s campus, and I listened to her candid opinions on life after Bryn Mawr.
Last Friday, the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing hosted a joint grad school info session with Johns Hopkins Nursing and Columbia Nursing. I attended the session with two other Bryn Mawr students interested in nursing. Other than the information I gathered from university websites and from talking to upperclassmen, I have not found many in-person opportunities to learn about nursing school paths like this one.
This Monday night, the Health Professions Advising Offices at Haverford and Bryn Mawr and the Health Studies Program hosted an Information Session about Public Health Graduate Study. Admissions representatives from Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Harvard and Yale Schools of Public Health were there.The panel started with a brief introduction to public health, or “the health of the population as a whole, especially as monitored, regulated, and promoted by the state.” Then the panelists explained the widespread importance of public health careers to society, from biostatisticians to health care policy makers to health economists. Public health overlaps with everything — politics, environmental issues, philanthropy, law, research, etc.