Ngoc Huynh earns her Master of Public Health with a concentration in global health.
Why did you choose to pursue your degree?
I have always loved learning different languages and about different cultures. I was very attracted to the fact that the program was offered online because it provided me with flexibility while working full-time and was more suitable for my learning style.
What has been your biggest accomplishment during your studies?
I was never great at statistics so I would say my biggest accomplishment was acing Biostatistics.
What’s an important lesson you learned?
I learned the importance of taking a break. I took a leave of absence in spring of 2020 for many reasons, one of which was for my mental health. After the break, I was able to return to the program more determined and ready to take the semester head-on. I was incredibly appreciative of the support that professors in the MPH program provided me when I was struggling with my mental health.
What’s one of your favorite memories from your program?
One of my favorite memories was from the Ethical Issues in Global Health course where we were able to meet students and professors of APRU member universities. The case studies were complex and challenged us to think differently about health research ethics. I really enjoyed discussing the case studies and hearing different perspectives from students all over the world.
What will you miss most and why?
I will miss interacting with my professors every week and having an excuse to reach out to the close friends I have made in the program (hi Mary and Christina). After this, it will be harder to keep in touch but I am so grateful that the program has brought us together. I have learned a lot from my classmates and my professors and I am so excited to see the great things everyone will do with their degree.
What are you doing after you graduate?
I am currently working in the Infant Feeding branch of the state of Texas WIC program and plan to continue working there. Additionally, I will continue working with my practicum supervisor at Alive & Thrive (FHI360) to learn from Vietnam’s human milk bank operations and breastfeeding perspectives. I will also begin assisting with advocacy work with the NCD Alliance at the World Health Assembly. These amazing opportunities would not have been possible without the support and encouragement of professors Dr. Withers and Dr. Ferguson (my faculty mentor).
What do you look forward to in your career path?
I look forward to meeting individuals passionate about public health, making an impact on global health, and maybe one day working for the WHO and taking a photo at the World Health Assembly!
What advice do you have for future grads?
I recommend graduates remember that there is light at the end of the tunnel, to make the most out of their time at USC by learning from peers and professors, and not hesitate to ask for help.