Molly Grassi, MPH

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health
Occupational and Environmental Health

What inspired you to study public health? 

I was inspired to study public health as I worked as an ICU nurse during the pandemic. There was so much that could be done through public health work to keep patients out of the hospital and healthy.

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

So far, expanding my knowledge on environmental justice has been the most eye opening and rewarding experience. Learning a great deal about EJ has ignited a passion toward seeking health justice for all.

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

Alabama Poison Information Center; Through audience-appropriate communication strategies, I sought to educate populations in Alabama that may be vulnerable to poisonous exposures.

What do you hope to accomplish in your career? 

I hope to work with those who have been impacted by their environments and/or occupations. It is my hope that I can advocate for them to receive better care and justice.


Keep your mind open. There are so many opportunities and different facets of public health that you may not be aware of at the start. Your studies and your experiences will open your eyes to the many opportunities in the field.