Meg Starcher

MPH in Epidemiology
Meg Starcher

Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play.

What is your hometown, state/province and country?

McLean, VA.

Undergraduate degree in what subject? From where? Other degrees?

I have a bachelor’s degree in Biology and bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech.

What does Public Health mean to you?

Public Health looks at the population as a whole and encompasses all levels. It promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play.

The many facets of public health include policy, interventions, surveillance, spreading the word about ways to stay healthy and giving science-based solutions to problems.

Why did you choose to study public health?

I have been interested in infectious diseases since doing research with nosocomial pathogens, so I thought that Epidemiology was the best fit for me in terms of disease prevalence, incidence, outbreaks and patterns of infection.

Why did you choose WVU?

Both my parents are from WV. I was living abroad for a while and when I moved back to the United States, I wanted to come back to WV and enroll at the WVU School of Public Health.   

What would you tell prospective students about your experience at WVU and the School of Public Health?

You have to be proactive. It’s all about the opportunities you seek out and make for yourself.

Have you had any particular professors or faculty members who have made an impact on you while at WVU? If so, how?

Bobbi Sykes went above and beyond to help me with my PBE placement and medical school application.

What are your plans upon completion of your degree?

I applied and got accepted in the School of Medicine, WVU. I will be starting in August 2017.

Anything you think prospective students would want to know?

You have to invest in your education, take charge of it and reach you full potential.