Rooshna Mohsin, PhD Candidate

George Mason University College of Public Health

What inspired you to study public health? 

My passion for public health started when I enrolled in public health elective courses towards the end of my undergraduate degree. I quickly found myself resonating with the principles of public health, and was drawn to the idea of making a meaningful difference in community well-being and addressing health disparities.

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

The most rewarding aspect of my career to date has been the hands-on research experience I’ve had since beginning my PhD program. Working with data and learning innovative research methods has enabled me to successfully publish a first-authored paper on trace element exposure and ovarian response in IVF patients. My ongoing journey as a PhD student has been instrumental in my development as a student, a researcher, and a public health professional.

What do you hope to accomplish in your career? 

My long-term goal is to make a significant impact on environmental and reproductive health outcomes through my research. I hope that my research can be translated into actionable policies and interventions within reproductive health, driving meaningful changes for a healthier and more sustainable future.


Public health is a very broad field, with so many directions you can take your education and career. Communicate with your peers and professors for their guidance while you’re exploring new areas. And nothing beats hands-on experience!

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