BS-PH Student Testimonials: Bachelor of Science in Public Health

BS-PH Student Testimonials: Bachelor of Science in Public Health
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BS-PH Student Testimonials

Harley D. - BS in Pubic HealthHarley Dawson | BS-PH Graduate

What motivated you to pursue this degree?

The main motivation I had to pursue a degree in Public Health was my passion for helping others- I started in nursing school at the beginning of my college career and quickly realized that although I was helping others it wasn’t in the capacity I imagined, and after some very appreciated help from my academic advisors they pointed me to the public health path and I haven’t looked back since. As a transfer student I wanted a program that took as many of my previous credits and the online program was more transfer bearcat friendly.

Why did you choose an online program?

I actually started out on campus when I first transferred because I was accepted as an “Allied Health” major while I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do. I enjoyed my time on campus and the opportunities I had to be a Student Ambassador but I struggled actually sitting through classes and managing my time.

When I enrolled into the online public health program I had no problem getting my work done on the asynchronous schedule and was able to get my work done as soon as I wanted instead of traditional classes where you sit through the class and still have work outside of class to work on. I had more time to do things I enjoyed, more time to work, and I was able to complete an internship in my hometown where I planned on staying after graduation so I had a job lined up after graduation!

What were your main concerns about enrolling in the online program at UC?

My main concerns about enrolling in the online program were that I may fall behind my peers in the on-campus version and that I wouldn’t understand the online course materials. I was also worried about missing deadlines and assignments. The way UC Online uses its online tools feels just like an online classroom, and I didn’t have any problems!

What advice would you give someone considering this program at UC Online?

My advice would be to make sure they’re studying something they’re passionate about and that they enjoy. I would tell them to talk to their academic advisors and take some exploratory courses if needed, because it won’t matter if you’re going to school online or in-person if what you’re studying doesn’t interest or excite you!

I think online course options makes higher education more accessible and more convenient, but they key is to success is choosing something you enjoy and look forward to doing each day!

UCO LOGONyoka Paul | BS-PH Graduate

What motivated you to seek this degree?

After going through COVID in 2020, I was inspired to reinvent myself with a new focus on finishing my degree… As a former UC student, I was compelled to return and complete my degree.

What made you choose an online program vs. on campus?

I chose online studies because it offers convenience and flexibility

What were your expectations of the online program?

I really did not know what to expect after being out of school for over 20 years. I can say that the online program exceeded expectations… The online learning experience has been great for my lifestyle.

What were your main concerns about enrolling in the online program?

I would say that my concern was more about making a commitment to finish my degree rather than attending classes online.

What would you say to someone who is considering the online Bachelor of Science in Public Health program?

I would tell them to just do it. I believe that once they start the online classes, it will be hard to walk back into a classroom.

Is there any special recognition you would like to share?

I would like to recognize all the awesome staff in the department of Public Health. The advisors and professors are all extremely valuable to making the online program successful.