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Weaam Arman

Alumni Spotlight: Weaam Arman, Public Health

  • As a student in MCPHS’s Bachelor of Science in Public Health program, Weaam Arman immersed herself in hands-on fieldwork through an internship with the United Nations (UN). Under UNICEF’s Chief of Health and Nutrition and alongside the Sudanese Federal Ministry of Health, she worked to improve maternal and child health in Khartoum, Sudan. The role was perfectly suited for Weaam, who is a passionate advocate of holistic, prevention-based approaches to healthcare.

    “My goal in the field of medicine is to bridge the gap between prevention and treatment,” says Weaam. “Being a part of a team that makes decisions which immediately impact individual and social health was extremely rewarding.”

    We sat down with Weaam to learn more about her internship and experiences as an undergraduate in the MCPHS public health program.

    What was the most memorable or rewarding aspect of your internship?

    The most exciting aspect of working with the UN, and on the field in general, was the ability to monitor programs that directly reduce the prevalence of acute malnutrition, communicable diseases, and female genital mutilation.

    Why did you choose to pursue a career in healthcare?

    After learning about the effects of economic and social conditions on individual health, I developed a strong passion for changing social environments while simultaneously addressing illnesses that result from adverse exposures. I knew that the public health program at MCPHS would help me pursue my goal of bridging the gap between prevention and treatment.

    You pursued a bachelor’s degree in public health at MCPHS. Can you tell us about your experiences in this program?

    Through the public health program, we received exposure to all aspects of healthcare, from microbiology to public policy. I believe that all well-rounded health professionals should consider the physical, mental, and social wellbeing of individuals, and that is exactly what the public health program strives to achieve. I would recommend pursuing a degree in public health for many reasons. Not only because the director of the program, Dr. Keri Griffin, ensures that our program is one of the best in the nation. But also because a public health degree is flexible enough to prepare you for several different paths in healthcare. Whether your interests lie in global health, community health, medical school, or public policy, you will always be prepared.

    How did your program prepare you for your internship?

    The public health program prepared me a great deal for my internship. My first exposure to mosquito-borne diseases was in Plagues of the Past, Present, and Future, where I presented a case study on dengue fever. Thus, when I found myself creating and implementing a national response plan for hemorrhagic fever during a chikungunya and dengue fever outbreak in October, I was extremely grateful to Dr. Hart for providing me with the background I needed to complete the task.

    What are your future career aspirations?

    The nomads, refugees, and victims of FGM I worked with in Sudan, as well as uninsured and lower income individuals in Boston, are just examples of underserved communities that require assistance obtaining adequate healthcare. I am hoping to use my education and experiences to work in an environment that allows me to promote social equity and disease prevention at the same time.

    Interested in making a positive impact on the world like Weaam Arman, BSPH? We offer Bachelor and Master’s degree programs in Public Health on our Boston campus, as well as an online MPH program.