COVID-19 Pandemic Provides “Once in a Lifetime” Experience for Campbell Public Health Students

Campbell Public Health students are discovering exactly how their recent training can be used to monitor and track the spread of pandemics

Campbell University students often find themselves on the front lines of service work in the community and abroad. This spring, MS in Public Health students are discovering exactly how their newfound skills can be used to monitor and track the spread of pandemics. Working alongside epidemiologists in the Emergency Command Center in Raleigh, several of our public health students are currently assisting in the work to track COVID-19 in our state.

Campbell Public Health students Brittany Creasey and Kristin Lamberth share some of their experiences with us, as a testament to the ability to gain hands-on experience while learning the skills of their trade. They, as well as other students, were recommended by their professors to perform critically important roles during this “all hands on deck” COVID-19 emergency.

Brittany Creasey (MSPH, 2021)

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be a Campbell University Master of Public Health student because I know I am gaining the absolute best education and experience that is going to help prepare me for the future workforce. During this time of uncertainty and fear, my classmates and I have been able to come together to do our part in slowing the spread of this virus in North Carolina.

The MSPH program truly lives out its mission of implementing community outreach and service-learning. During this pandemic, my classmates and I have been given the amazing opportunity to help the assessment and monitoring team in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). As a student who will eventually earn a doctorate in Epidemiology, this opportunity has been extremely rewarding and valuable. I am gaining valuable experience and witnessing the hard work and long hours that public health professionals devote to make our community stronger and healthier. The EOC has individuals of all backgrounds (epidemiology, emergency medicine, nurses, public health professionals, etc.) working together with one main goal: slowing the spread of this virus in order to protect the health of the community.

I am forever grateful to have the opportunity to serve our community and be a part of the Campbell Public Health program.”

Kristin Lamberth (MSPH, 2021)

“In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Campbell University Public Health is making sure that we are able to learn through community involvement. It has been a privilege to work with the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Wake County, along with other wonderful classmates to help monitor the spread of COVID-19 in North Carolina.

I’m incredibly thankful to have the chance to use the knowledge I have gained in the classroom as public health students over the past year to lend a helping hand to the EOC and hopefully stop the spread of this rapid virus.

We have gained so much knowledge from this experience that we can take with us after graduation. Our professors are constantly thinking about how they can involve students to increase our knowledge and experience while benefiting our community. I am truly grateful for choosing Campbell public health as they continuously show how much they care about the students and our success.”

We are so proud of our healthcare students and faculty as they are positively impacting our community on the front lines of this virus fight.

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