Clarisse Vidal, MPH

University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health
Health Policy & Management

In one sentence, what is public health to you?

Public health protects and promotes population health.

What inspired you to study public health?

I entered college as a pre-med student so when I started acquiring experience in hospital settings, I realized I could make a difference in patient lives on the administrative side of healthcare.

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

Helping individuals and families obtain access to health insurance as a former Medicaid caseworker.


Don’t underestimate your accomplishments and lived experience.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that the public health field should be focusing on?

Health equity