Second year pharmacy student, Katlyn Bradford, completed BSPS before pursuing a dual degree in public health and pharmacy

Katlyn Bradford

Student Name: Katlyn Bradford

Program: PharmD/MSPH

Anticipated graduation: 2024

Undergraduate institution and degree(s) obtained: Campbell University, BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Where are you originally from: Goldsboro, NC

Why did you choose Campbell University?

I chose Campbell University because of its family atmosphere. Campbell gives students the ability to form relationships with peers and faculty that is not often seen at other universities. I also feel comfortable talking to my professors if I have a question regarding class material. The family atmosphere has allowed me to excel as a student and a future professional.

Briefly describe your accomplishments, strengths, passions and experiences. What do you bring to the Campbell classroom?

I currently hold leadership positions in several CPHS student organizations. I am on the executive boards for Phi Delta Chi pharmaceutical fraternity, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), and the Class of 2024. Additionally, I am a student representative for the PharmD Curriculum Committee and a member of APhA-ASP OTC Medicine Safety Committee. All of these executive positions allow me to utilize my skills in organization, leadership, and communication. Being a part of many CPHS organizations also allows me to follow my passions regarding OTC/health literacy and advocating for the profession of pharmacy.

What do you hope to accomplish at Campbell CPHS and/or What legacy do you hope to leave?

In addition to obtaining my PharmD, I hope to network and form relationships with peers, faculty, and current healthcare professionals. I hope to leave a legacy that encourages other students to pursue their dreams in pharmacy and exceed as a healthcare professional.

Why did you decide to pursue your MSPH and PharmD after your BSPS? How do these programs fit into your long-term career goals?

Majoring in pharmaceutical sciences has helped me tremendously in pharmacy school. My classes in undergrad focused on many of the same topics as my current pharmacology lectures. Having a basic understanding of these topics has given me more time to focus on pharmacotherapy. Additionally, I was able to form a relationship with many of the teachers that teach my current classes. Pharmaceutical sciences also provided me the opportunity to explore research as a potential career path. While the curriculum was difficult, it helped me grow as a person, student, and professional.

I decided to pursue a MSPH so that I may look at my future patients as more than a disease state. Public health teaches students the social determinants that cause patients to contract certain diseases and conditions instead of simply how to treat them. My MSPH gave me the knowledge to solve the real issues behind the health conditions that I will see.

Additional comments you would like to share – it can be anything about your hobbies, journey, faith, pets, etc.

I could never have gotten this far in my academic journey if it were not for my family, friends, and husband. Although my program takes a lot of time away from them, they remain supportive and encourage me to achieve my goal of becoming a pharmacist. I truly could not have done it without them!

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