Greater Awareness of HIV/AIDS, Other Global Health Issues Attributed to the Growth in Public Health Students, Washington Post Reports
September 19, 2008
The Washington Post on Friday examined the "record numbers" of undergraduate college students who are taking classes in epidemiology, global health and public health, driven in part by the HIV/AIDS pandemic and a motivation to contribute to the field.
In addition, global health is a "huge growth industry," the Post reports. The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief received $15 billion over the past five years, billions in private spending on public health spending have been earmarked from well-known figures like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett and a new campaign recently has been launched to eradicate malaria. With global health news more accessible on the Internet, students are more tuned-in to global issues, increasing their desire to be more active in the field, according to some experts.
"This is a student-driven movement," Richard Riegelman, an epidemiologist and spokesperson for the Educated Citizen and Public Health Initiative, said, adding, "The drive is not just intellectual, it is passionate as well." Kelly Gebo, director of the public health major at Johns Hopkins University, said students are more proactive in addressing global health issues and not limited to simply sending money to help with global health crises (Brown, Washington Post, 9/19).
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