Meet Jason McBride, MPH
The Ohio State University
Health Behavior/Health Promotion, Global Health
Jason McBride learned Spanish while serving a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in El Salvador and has kept up the language since he’s been home. His love for Central America led him to a dual Master’s degree in public and global health and an emphasis in health behavior/health promotion from The Ohio State University. He paid his way through school working as a Spanish medical interpreter in Columbus.
Health Coach at Humana
Jason’s background in Spanish and minority health has been a daily asset in his current job. He works as a personal health coach for Humana where he provides counseling to individuals over the phone in order to help them improve their health behaviors and outcomes. Many of his clients are minorities and his background has helped him have an impact where otherwise he wouldn’t be able to.
Jason has the work lifestyle that everyone dreams of. He works from home, so he is able to spend time with his family throughout the day. He is also completely mobile so his family is able to live anywhere they please. He and his wife recently decided to move closer to family because, well, they could.
Jason is a member of the American Public Health Association and follows their frequent publications. He is also reaching out to local public health departments in order to begin volunteer work there.
Advice for New MPH Grads
If Jason could walk back in time and give himself advice as a new MPH student, he would tell himself to first find a job with an employer who would be willing to pay for his degree. He would also advise himself to go to school with a job in mind and continue to enrich his resume with public health volunteer experience. He knows that it is crucial to have a stellar public health background that will set you apart from your peers as you are searching for work.
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Jason recommends 101 Careers in Public Health as a must-read for finding work in the MPH field.
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