Joe Page

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Joe Page

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Public Health: Health Systems and Policy - MPH
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OSU President Dr. Jayathi Y. Murthy, Joe Page, and Oregon Governor Tina Kotek

What inspired or interested you about your field of study? And why did you choose OSU/the college?

I first came to OSU in the fall of 2019 as an undergraduate student in the health management and policy program. For as long as I can remember, I've been an avid follower of all things political – a passion that became particularly centered around the politics of health care.

I was excited that OSU offered an undergraduate program in health policy through the lens of public health praxis; a strong understanding of public health principles is so important to shaping the laws and policies that impact our health and well-being.

Shortly after starting my undergraduate program, I knew that I wanted to continue studying with the fantastic faculty in the College of Health and applied to the MPH program on an accelerated track.

The health policy faculty in the college have provided exemplary instruction and mentorship as I navigate the policy issues that most interest me. The connections and relationships I have been able to develop with them are possible because of the welcoming and friendly atmosphere of the College of Health, and I'm so glad to have been able to spend the last five years here.

Tell us about your time at Oregon State and in the college. Is there someone or something who/that helped you be successful?

I have had the immense privilege to be deeply involved in the campus life here at Oregon State. I’ve been able to represent the fiscal interests of students by serving as a student member of the University Budget Committee, Faculty Senate Budgets and Fiscal Planning Committee, Student Health Advisory Board, and perhaps most significantly as the chair of the Student Fee Committee.

I have had the indelible support of so many people at OSU and I can’t even begin to describe my gratitude to them. Academically, there are a few particular individuals who have made a particularly pronounced impact on me - Dr. Annie Hommel, my graduate advisor; Dr. Steph Bernell, my Honors College thesis mentor; and Erin Heim, my undergraduate advisor.

What are your post-college dreams/plans?

After my gap year this year, during which I plan to get some hands-on experience in the health policy arena and study/take the LSAT, I plan to attend law school and specialize in health law before embarking on a career journey at the exciting intersection of health care and the law.

I hope to work for the federal government and help write legislation or become a prosecutor for health finance-related crimes, including fraud and abuse and other unjust actions that hurt consumers of health care.

Anything else you'd like to add?

If I were to offer anything to other students, it’s this: get involved. Make your voice known, and connect with the people around you - it will open doors you didn’t even know existed!