Megan O'Dell

Public Health to me means that I will be involved the process of protecting and improving the health of my community, as by preventative medicine, health education, control of communicable diseases, application of sanitary measures, and monitoring of environmental hazards.

What is your home town, state/province and country?

Petersburg, West Virginia

What is your undergraduate degree major, minor and location?

Exercise Physiology with a concentration in Aquatic Therapy and a minor in Communication Studies

Biographical Statement:

I got my Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology with a concentration in Aquatic Therapy. I also have a minor in Communication Studies. After working at HealthSouth and having my heart set on Physical Therapy school, I quickly realized that I did not want treat patients directly. I realized that I was more of a "behind the scenes" kind of person and would rather find out why these patients needed treatment and/or ways their treatment could be carried out more efficiently. I feel that the MPH will provide me with the knowledge and experience to do this effectively. Being a part of the School of Public Health has opened so many opportunities in my first year as a student and I look forward to the many other opportunities that it may hold for me!

Why did you choose WVU?

I chose WVU because I love the state. I loved Morgantown and just couldn't think about moving away. I also heard great things about the School of Public Health and was so excited to get started on my MPH.

What does Public Health mean to you?

Public Health to me means that I will be involved the process of protecting and improving the health of my community, as by preventative medicine, health education, control of communicable diseases, application of sanitary measures, and monitoring of environmental hazards. Public Health is a large and necessary field that is key to improving the lives and well-being of others. Public Health is making a difference for as many people as you can.