Chrissy Donahue

Chrissy Donahue

Working in public health gives me the ability to make a positive impact on people in underserved communities who don’t yet have the resources or access to help themselves.

What does public health mean to you?

Public health becomes increasingly important the more I learn about it. It encompasses so many issues that can impact people's quality of life. Working in public health gives me the ability to make a positive impact on people in underserved communities who don’t yet have the resources or access to help themselves.

Why did you choose to study Public Health at WVU?

I chose to study public health at WVU because it has many opportunities for me to grow as a public health professional. The faculty are very responsive and if you are motivated and put yourself out there you can cultivate some great opportunities for yourself.

Have any particular faculty members made an impact on you while at WVU?

Dr. Christa Lilly was one professor that stood out to me during my first year in my MPH program. She always made herself available to help, and was willing to go above and beyond for her students. She was also very understanding and was concerned about students understanding of class material, and was very flexible. She really wanted everyone to succeed and learn. Even though her class was the most difficult class I have taken here, it was also one of the most enjoyable.

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

The WVU School of Public Health really gives you the opportunity to study whatever you want. There are so many different areas of research and ways to get involved, that there really is something for everyone. You will get a good overall public health education, while also being able to study specific areas that interest you.

What advice would you give to your freshman self?

Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and talk to people within the school about your interests, because that is how you can learn about opportunities to work in fields that you are interested in. Also, make the most of your time and do work between classes, so you won't have as much to do at home.

What do you plan to do upon completion of your degree?

I might continue to go on for my Ph.D. because I really enjoy working in academia, and I also enjoy teaching. I could also see myself doing research that helps people affected by substance use disorder because I currently am working in that field and I really enjoy it.