Jeneatha Marshall

Jeneatha Marshall, MPH candidate

Rutgers School of Public Health
Urban Public Health

What inspired you to study public health? 

During my undergrad I was a sociology minor that focused in health sociology. But, I found that sociology wasn’t an action-based study and I wasn’t given any tools to solve any of the issues that I learned about. That need to put knowledge into action lead me to public health.

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

The most rewarding experience in my studies so far was when I completed a qualitative research project for a course I was taking. I went through the whole process of doing qualitative research from choosing a topic to data analysis and writing the report. And at the end of the project I felt so fulfilled and that I did justice to the stories and experiences of my participants.

What do you hope to accomplish in your career? 

I have an interest in gun violence research and health programs, so in the future I hope to build health programs that help the vulnerable populations in the cities around me to build safer neighborhoods for their residents.


As someone that was new to public health when I started my MPH I really wish that some let me know that it was ok to not know much about public health. That there are many people just a new to the field as you and that public health is an ever-growing field, so you can find yourself learning new things alongside the most experienced public health professional. Also that your expertise prior to public health can be valuable to the field so don’t be afraid to share it.

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