Maya Casper

Reno, NV
Health Promotion Health Behavior

Ask Maya about the Oregon State MPH program.

   Ask Maya

Hobbies, interests, etc

My public health interests include health equity, sexual health, harm reduction and decarceration. I hope to use social media platforms to further public health messaging in innovative and creative ways.

Outside the classroom, I find joy in traveling, non-fiction and gardening.

Why did you choose Oregon State for your MPH?

One of the most compelling reasons I chose to pursue my MPH at OSU was the vast and diverse experiences of the teaching staff. The wide variety of their combined knowledge allows a truly holistic experience that combined with the extensive research opportunities is difficult to beat.

OSU’s dedication to inclusivity and diversity was also an important influence on my decision. It doesn’t hurt that they are also CEPH accredited and located in one of the most beautiful landscapes in the US.

What has been your favorite course so far?

So far, my favorite course has been H 549 Mass Media and Health. We have seen how media can be used as a powerful public health tool or detractor, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Watching the future of the public health workforce craft media projects tackling public health issues was inspiring. Plus, I have already applied the skills I acquired in that class to a number of internship opportunities.

What advice would you give someone thinking about getting their MPH?

I would tell someone thinking about applying to the MPH program to be cognizant of deadlines and requirements. As well as reminding them of all the feats public health professionals have accomplished. You’ve never had polio, your toilet runs into a sewer system, not the street, and there’s no longer lead in your gasoline, thanks to public health. Aside from the infinitely increasing career opportunities, public health advocates are often heroes of our community and make the world a better place to live. Why not join their ranks?

Is there anything else that you would like to comment on or say about the Oregon State MPH?

Get excited! Don’t let the sheer amount of information intimidate you. Don’t be afraid of stepping out of your comfort zone, take classes on subjects you know nothing about and challenge yourself to make the best out of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You will find community and support within your campus. Every step of the way you will have people rooting for you and working hard to help you succeed.