Students' Voices

"As a PhD student in the department of Environmental Health Sciences at UCLA, I have been fortunate to witness the true interdisciplinary nature of this field. There are several opportunities to work with world-renowned leaders on a plethora of topics ranging from water quality, to the built environment, laboratory safety, clinical outcomes, and pedagogy. The EHS department at the Fielding School of Public Health is connected to the community and public health quite literally from the ground up. UCLA EHS faculty and students play a very active role and make prominent impacts on our school, our community, our nation and our world. ULCA FSPH EHS department is a place that I am proud to call home." 

Olivia Ellis
EHS PhD
June 2016

"When I completed my undergraduate education I knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life contributing to environmental problem-solving.  However, I did not know how to do that.  The Environmental Health Science program here at UCLA has been a truly fantastic experience that has helped me transform my ideals into something tangible that I can take with me when I finish. This program fosters scientific understanding and problem-solving while also encouraging teamwork and communication skills which are absolutely essential with today’s pressing environmental problems."

Jennifer Taylor
EHS MS
June 2015

"As a graduate student in the department of Environmental Health Sciences at UCLA, I have benefited greatly from the wide array of expertise found among the faculty as well as students. Whether its on the topic of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to pesticide exposure and the build environment- the opportunities to expand your knowledge base are countless. Furthermore, the EHS department is connected to the greater UCLA campus which allows students to also explore courses and connect with faculty and other students from outside the Fielding School of Public Health. An interdisciplinary approach is becoming increasingly more important in today's world which makes these opportunities even more invaluable to students."

Tessa Verhoef
EHS MPH
June 2015

"Interning at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health showed me how well public health and urban planning go together. With my dual degree, I hope to expand upon my policy work improving built environments."

Uyen Ngo
EHS MPH/MURP
June 2013

"As an Environmental Health Officer Candidate in the US Navy Medical Corps, I have been impressed with how welcoming the faculty has been in helping me prepare for my future duties. Possibly the most valuable learning opportunities have presented themselves in leadership roles. EHS has a recent tradition of fostering student leadership, and I definitely appreciate how many chances I've had to work in a leadership capacity."

Harmony Larson
EHS MS
June 2013

"[As an intern for] the California Department of Public Health I worked on a community based intervention to reduce exposure to mercury and PCBs, by educating sensitive populations about proper fish consumption practices from San Francisco Bay. The internship allowed me to develop data gathering tools and craft presentations that would explain a complex issue to a lay audience. Interning at CDPH allowed me to work on a project that would improve the Bay Area, and also let me learn about branches outside of my own and what kind of work was accomplished there."

Randy Reyes
EHS MPH
June 2012

"I've experienced that interdisciplinary nature of the Environmental Health field and how I must apply the knowledge of many academic areas to perform research that furthers the field."

Samantha Abraham
EHS PhD
December 2013

"I learned a great deal from my internship at the Los Angeles County Health Department, and moreover, I really enjoyed it! I worked on an obesity prevention project in child care settings, and was able to visit, observe and improve the nutrition and physical activity practices of many child care centers. Actually seeing the daily routines, the food served (or heated and served) and the faces of hundreds of children in one of the poorest areas of Los Angeles County really impacted me. I knew that we were improving their health and their lives, and that was incredible."

Stephanie Pettit
EHS MPH
December 2011

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