It should be no secret to anyone reading this that I have a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from an accredited univeristy. What is an MPH? It’s a professional degree in public health that accredits the person who earns it as someone who has done the readings, written the papers, and taken the exams to prove that he or she is trained to look after the public’s health.Some of us, the very idealistic among us, have taken a Public Health Oath:
“I will work to ensure that people have the chance to live full and productive lives, free from avoidable disease and disability and supported in their pursuit of physical, mental, and social well-being.
I will hold myself to the highest ethics, standards, values, and responsibilities as I move forward the science and practice of public health.
I will respect the rights, values, beliefs, and cultures of those individuals and communities with whom I work.
I will rely on evidence to support my decisions and actions, and translate that evidence into policies and programs that improve health for all.
I will add to the body of research and knowledge and share my discoveries freely.
I will continuously seek new information and be open to ideas that can better protect and promote the health of populations.
I will advance health literacy for all and seek equity and justice for vulnerable populations.
With this oath, I commit to the ideals and mission of public health.”
Unfortunately, not everyone who earns — or is looking to earn — an MPH degree agrees with this oath, let alone follows it. Continue reading