As an undergraduate at Harvey Mudd College, Mikaela Kosich had altruistic reasons for choosing her major.
“I double majored in sociology and chemistry, because I was looking for something that combined elements of both (very distinct) fields and was focused on doing good for the world,” she says.
Kosich discovered epidemiology was an option just two weeks before graduation, but it wasn’t until she returned home to her native Mays Landing, New Jersey, and observed first hand gaps in medical care and inequities in health outcomes that she decided to pursue a career in public health epidemiology. She found out about Pitt Public Health because of the strong, national reputation of its programs and was excited about the potential scholarship and research opportunities available in Pittsburgh.
“When I visited the campus, meeting with Dr. Nancy Glynn sealed the deal for me. I really wanted to be a part of a program with faculty who were excited both about doing good research and educating their students,” says Kosich.
The Dean’s Scholar and MPH student says although she’s not sure what she’s going to pursue career wise, she is confident her education at Pitt Public Health will provide her with a solid foundation.
“While I am here, I aim to be exposed to as many research areas and topics as possible, in order to figure out where I can best contribute to the field of public health,” she says. “In addition, I am really enjoying exploring Pittsburgh. Although it's quite a bit colder here than I was expecting!”