The Epidemic Proportions Undergraduate Public Health Journal is designed to highlight student research, fieldwork, and interest in public health through a selection of diverse articles. Each article emphasizes a unique perspective or experience. This year we publish the 16th volume of our journal, an effort made possible by the contributions of our talented and passionate team of staff and authors.
The theme of this year’s journal is Reflections, which highlights the progress that has been made in the field of public health along with the progress that needs to be made to advance the field of public health.
The field of public health is constantly witnessing the need for improvement on a global scale, with issues ranging from that of maternal health to communicable diseases. Even so, modern public health interventions have substantially improved the health and quality of life across diverse communities of people. Here at Epidemic Proportions, we believe it is imperative to be as forward-looking in public health as it is to be retrospective. Through the theme of “Reflections” in our 16th volume, we hope to highlight these milestones, redress any gaps in conversations we feel deserved more attention, and use lessons of the past as a tool in building the future.
”Dr. B said he will never forget: “Y’all the first people to treat me like a real human being.” I think nothing more captures the importance and beauty of humanity, public service, and a rudimentary empathy for others.” -Vijay Ramasamy ‘19
”If I had known what public health was, I wouldn’t be in this mess. It means knowing the time and place for medicine and whether it’s the right thing to do, not only whether it’s the right thing for the body.” -Prisoner at Chesapeake Detention Facility
”For long-term success, two kinds of compassion will be necessary. First, make efforts to compassionately serve the people in your field. If you deeply connect with your population, you will stay at the cutting edge because your innovative solutions will actually work for the people you’re serving. Second, through the difficulties you encounter, make efforts to treat yourself compassionately. Doing so will help you make self-improvements and generate the stamina needed to make a difference.” - Dr. Mieka Smart
We are a diverse group of Johns Hopkins University undergraduate students interested in exploring the field of public health.
Check out EP through the years and explore our past issues.
Any interesting student experiences locally or abroad such as research, volunteering, local work, or editorials are welcome.
Feel free to email us with any questions, comments, or concerns. Applications to join our team open every Fall. Please check back for more information.