Rose Antoine, MPH/MSW

University of Georgia College of Public Health
Health Policy and Management

What inspired you to study public health? 

I was inspired to study public health, because I wanted to be a macro level social worker and I thought public health would be a great asset. After starting my program, I fell in love with the holistic nature of public health and the recent focus on social determinants of health and health equity.

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

The single most rewarding experience of my career/studies was helping develop the Florida State Univeristy Resilience Project. It was amazing being part of a campus wide project from the start all the way to the launch and dissemination of the project. I enjoyed interviewing students, writing the scripts and doing the trainings. I really enjoyed getting to see the project improve student outcomes and address issues students expressed.

What do you hope to accomplish in your career? 

My mission is to empower pre-college and college-age students, as well as human trafficking survivors in Caribbean counties, to achieve their goals for long term sustainability through relationship building, community empowerment, resources attainment, capacity building, and systemic advocacy. I aim to be a thought leader in holistic program development and research pertaining to these 2 populations and to integrate health equity and decolonization into the conversations and efforts to support these populations.


Public health is so wide and varied. Don’t be afraid to try different things and ask questions of professors or professionals. There isn’t only one way to practice public health and it can be integrated into so many different things, so invest in figuring out creative ways to blend your passions and interests into a job.

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