Alumna Brittany Connolly finds public health one of her best decisions

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“I love the hope that public health goes forward with into the world every day,” said USF College of Public Health alumna Brittany Connolly. “Public health understands and acknowledges the sickness, unsanitary conditions and violence around the world and chooses to hope in the change that can take place in our society.”

Brittany Connolly (7)

COPH alumna, Brittany Connolly

Connolly said she chose the COPH because it’s one of the best in the nation, and when she arrived as a transfer student, she changed her major from bio-med to public health before she really even knew what she was getting herself into.

“I look back now and smile because it was one of the greatest decisions I have ever made,” said Connolly.

Connolly currently attends Yale University as a graduate student pursuing a joint Master of Divinity and Master of Science in nursing degree.

She moved to Tampa from Staten Island, NY, when she was 11. She received an Associate of Arts degree from Hillsborough Community College, where she graduated from the Honors Institute, and she received a bachelor’s degree in both religious studies and public health from USF.

Her love of public health stems from its ability to reach so many people at once. She said she enjoys that public health chooses to view health as a complete system, acknowledging the many parts of people that contribute to their health.

She credits USF and the COPH for allowing her a chance to sharpen her skills as both a student and a female professional.

“I have been able to understand the importance of being an active member of a global society, while fostering my intellectual development as a student,” she said.

She gives special acknowledgment to Kristi James, her boss and mentor; Dr. René Salazar, who Connolly says she is grateful to have studied under; and Dr. Christie Rinck, her academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Connolly previously served as the undergraduate administrative student assistant for the Department of Community and Family Health where she provided clerical support to the department chair, faculty and staff. She said this position was a great place for her to learn as both a student and a professional. She wants to apply the skills she learned in this position as the founder of a faith-based women’s health clinic.


Story by AnnaMarie Koehler-Shepley, College of Public Health