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MPH Scholarship Spotlight: Noelle McPhail

Noelle McPhail

Noelle McPhail is a Long Beach, Washington native. She was recently admitted into the USC MPH online program and a recent scholarship awardee. In a recent interview, Noelle showcases her experience and her public health ambitions behind her decision to enroll with USC online. Hear more on her upcoming plans to be a force for change in the world of Public Health. Congratulations Noelle!


Why an MPH degree?

Before attending USC, I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Colombia, where I collaborated with local counterparts on projects related to financial literacy and gender equity. That experience inspired me to pursue a career in global public health, which led me to an MPH.


Why did you choose the USC MPH Online program?

USC’s MPH Online program was the best fit for my needs and goals. It combines the flexibility of remote learning with outstanding academic rigor, plus the opportunity to gain practical experience abroad. The Global Health concentration and faculty-led trips were major draws.


How did the scholarship help you attend USC?

Though I had already committed to USC, this scholarship has been extremely helpful in reducing financial stress as I begin my degree.


Tell us about your experience in the MPH Online program? What has been your favorite classes and experiences so far?

I had a great first semester and I’m excited to begin my second! Taking Principles of Epidemiology with Dr. Karim was definitely a highlight; she brings such positive energy to her classes and is always eager to help her students.


How do you see your degree affecting your next steps in public health?

At the moment, I’m not certain what job I’ll pursue after graduating. However, I am certain that in the process of earning my MPH at USC, I’ll gain knowledge, skills and insights that help to illuminate my path in the field of global public health. And wherever my degree takes me, I know I’ll have access to invaluable support and opportunities through the Trojan network.


Are you currently working, interning, or volunteering? If so, where?

I volunteer as an alumni interviewer for Yale Undergraduate Admissions and I’m looking into remote volunteering opportunities in my local community.


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