Zizah-Wosseni J. Blair
Area of research:
Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) Genes and Adaptive Immunity
- Currently: MPH candidate in accelerated Public Health + Health Promotion and Disease Prevention program
- Certificate in Pre-Health Professions
- Florida International University, BS in Biology
Florida International University is known for being a very community-oriented and dedicated close-knit public university. FIU holds true to its values and mission; it remains determined and steadfast with what it wants to accomplish and this is what I was searching for. I have a special interest in health disparities and the impact on access to care and appropriate utilization of resources within undeserved communities.
With the current shortage of primary care physicians, the demand for preventative medical services is higher than ever. By pursuing my MPH at Stempel College, I knew I would be better equipped to identify and manage the potential challenges we face in healthcare. In addition, I will be instrumental in making the necessary changes, which include educating our communities on preventative health and coordinating care.
I’m in the accelerated MPH program with a concentration in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and a current medical school applicant. Being an accelerated student allowed me to realize my true academic potential, as well as motivate me to make the most out of this one-year program at Stempel College. I was fortunate to connect with individuals who share similar motivations and I was able to find the ideal balance between five graduate courses, work, volunteering, completing medical school applications and my personal life. Many graduate students are skeptical of the 15-credit semesters, but I can report that it’s not as bad as it sounds! I realized that at the end of the day, what you put in is what you get out of anything in life.