Katherine Noss, MPH

Pennsylvania State University Public Health Program
Community and Behavioral Health

What inspired you to study public health? 

Public health brings together education, medicine, behavior, and our daily lives. I’m inspired by reducing obstacles and improving opportunities for growth.

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

I work with parents and children under 3 in Early Intervention. Seeing children grow–and supporting parents as they build their toolkits–is very rewarding for me!

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

I worked with the Salvation Army Food Pantry as a bilingual guide. I helped clients complete intake paperwork, then guided them through the choice food pantry. The Salvation Army was organized, positive, and respectful with clients and volunteers, which made them a great partner!

What do you hope to accomplish in your career? 

You may have heard “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” I want to support self-sufficiency by helping people build skills and access resources.


Public health can’t prevent everything. But many bad outcomes can be prevented–and better addressed–through public health.

If you are working, what is your job? 

I have two jobs! Special Instructor, Early Intervention and Director of Learning & Curriculum, iLookOut for Child Abuse Research Project, Penn State College of Medicine

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