Amrita Sidhu, PhD candidate

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health
Behavioral Sciences and Health Promotion

What inspired you to study public health? 

The focus on population health and and overall approach to holistic health was what drew me to public health

What has been the single most rewarding experience of your career/studies so far? 

Being admitted to the PhD program and being able to manage academics while leading student orgs and being an ambassador has been thoroughly rewarding

Where did you do your practicum? What was it about? 

I worked with Baylor College of Medicine and Harris Health to work on Food Rx- a collaboration between Harris Health and Houston Food Bank to address food insecurity among pregnant women living with HIV.

What do you hope to accomplish in your career? 

I want to be an established academecian while working with the communities. I hope to someday take my research global by implementing HPV vaccine related efforts in India and the U.S.


That picking a major will not mean you are limited to one speciality. There are jobs or times where you will need expertise from all majors and your knowledge from all your basics. So collaboration, with team mates, colleagues on group projects is really the deal.

If you are working, what is your job? 

I am currently employed as a Graduate Research Assistant (Doctoral) and working on a CDC funded grant to prevent teen pregnancy, HIV and other STIs among middle school youth by implementing and overseeing implementation of Native It’s Your Game.

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