When Catherine Huang came to Oregon State from California, she thought she would major in biology and eventually go to medical school to become a doctor.
“I thought being a doctor was the best way to help people,” she explains.
But then she discovered public health and found that the field of health policy aligned with her vision and values.
Huang switched her major to public health and added a business minor. Her academic advisor encouraged her to get involved on campus, and she did, honing her leadership skills as president of the Public Health Club and as a board member for Counseling and Psychological Services.
“It gave me qualities and skills I’ll use for the rest of my life,” she says.
Huang’s immediate plans include completing an internship at the Corvallis Clinic this summer. In the future, she hopes to pursue an MBA — potentially at Oregon State — and she’d eventually like to work as a director of operations for a health care agency.
“Everyone I’ve met in the field of public health so far has been so encouraging,” she says. “It’s really an important component of society.”