TAMPA, Fla. – The pandemic might have slowed down campus life, however not functions for enrollment on the College of South Florida’s Faculty of Public Well being.
“I’m all for learning pandemics,” says Nick Cropper. “What a time to be learning pandemics.”
Cropper, a 24-year-old from Sarasota, is engaged on a graduate diploma in public well being. COVID-19 has pushed the sphere squarely into the highlight.
“It’s a area that had been silent for a very long time,” says public well being graduate scholar Rolando Trejos. “Now it’s change into prime time information.”
Functions are up 91% for the grasp’s program in public well being at USF and 168% for public well being administration.
There’s additionally a rise of greater than three,700 within the variety of college students registering for undergraduate courses in public well being. College officers say the pattern is nationwide.
“I’m watching the functions skyrocket,” says Dr. Jay Wolfson of the USF Faculty of Public Well being.
He says he hasn’t seen such curiosity within the area since H-I-V within the 1980s and early ’90s, however he says there are extra public well being jobs on the horizon.
“The construction, the financing, the supply, the group, the politics, the coverage and the laws surrounding healthcare,” says Wolfson. “It’s an enormous a part of the nation’s economic system.”
One administrator likens it to the CSI TV crime dramas that led hundreds to forensic science. On this case, the pandemic is inspiring college students to pursue careers in public well being.
“We will help individuals be more healthy,” says Trejos.
“Public well being is ideal for that,” says Cropper.