MxCC Student’s Selected Internship Triggers Public Health Career Goals

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MIDDLETOWN – Middlesex Community College student John “Jack” Howell from Durham recently took part in a nationwide academic enrichment experience focused on improving access to information and resources in the professions of health.

Howell, a liberal arts and science major, enrolled in a combined course in physiology, biochemistry, and organic chemistry delivered virtually with instructors from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Kentucky, according to the release. hurry.


He learned how each scientific discipline applies to conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis. Howell’s favorite activity was practically shadowing doctors.

“I gained confidence by taking graduate-level courses and having valuable insights into entrance exams and applications. More importantly, this program sparked my passion for public health and reducing health disparities. matters of health,” Howell said in a prepared statement. He was accepted for transfer to UConn, Trinity College, and Northeastern University.

“I’m interested in combining aspects of public health, such as health policy, with a career in medicine, particularly psychiatry,” he said.

Even though the summer program was online, he bonded with fellow students through team learning and social activities.

At MxCC in Middletown, he was a class assistant for two semesters and taught biology, chemistry, and English at the Academic Success Center for four semesters. He also helped with the Technology Showcase, an annual conference where Middlesex faculty, staff and students share ideas and tools through presentations and demonstrations, the statement said.

The MxCC Honors Program also allowed him to take two philosophy courses at Wesleyan University last year.

“It’s important for MxCC to encourage students like Jack to apply to specialist programs, such as SHPEP, so they can build stronger networks and get specialist training, and so our students can come back and have a positive impact on those around them. “said Eva Jones, an English teacher at MxCC, in the press release.

“When I started at MxCC, I had no intention of going into science or healthcare, but [former] Biology professor Cheryl Eckert’s ability to connect scientific processes to human health inspired my passion for this topic,” said Howell.

For more information, visit shpep.org or mxcc.edu.

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