“Because there is a lot of unnecessary suffering and premature death, the opportunity to find real solutions to major public health problems draws me to public health,” Senée Mobley said.
Originally on a pre-med track, USF College of Public Health graduate Senée Mobley realized that public health’s preventative and population approaches to solving health problems was a better fit for her.
“Before I even knew about the public health program, I had a public health mind-set and was deeply engaged in activities that promote community health,” Mobley said. “So when I learned about the public health degree, it and I just made perfect sense. It’s kind of like love; when it’s right, you just know!”
Mobley said she chose the COPH because of its accredited program with a national reputation for excellence and began to pursue her BSPH in 2014.
During her time as a student Mobley was involved in several associations: Phi Theta Kappa, USF Global Citizens Association, Peace Corps Ambassadors, and the Florida Public Health Association.
She also dedicated more than 500 hours of volunteer service with Volunteers in Medicine, United Nations, and Second Harvest Food Bank in Jacksonville, Fla.
“What I love about volunteering is being able to meet so many different people — fellow volunteers, staff, and community members from all over the world. Learning from their experiences and sharing in their language and culture. To connect is a beautiful thing,” she said. “I’m grateful to have made so many meaningful connections.”
Mobley said that she has been inspired by a few USF Bulls.
“Dr. Kay Perrin inspires because of her expectations for excellence. She seems to never tire of pushing students and those around her toward it,” Mobley said. “In my view, she is the embodiment of the COPH motto ‘Our Practice is Our Passion’.”
Mobley’s favorite memory of the COPH was delving into Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s The China Study of the 1970s for one of her classes.
“This forever changed the way I view food in relation to disease prevention,” she said. “I love being introduced to great research of the past and having early-access to cutting-edge research within public health.”
Mobley has already begun her post-grad plan of serving in the Peace Corps. She departed July 21 to serve 27 months as a health and HIV capacity building specialist in Gaborone, Botswana.
There she helps build capacity for the prevention of new HIV infections and assists HIV positive individuals so that they can receive medication and other resources to control infection and maintain health.
“The COPH is the womb of our future scientists, practitioners and advocates,” Mobley said. “These are the people whose very job is to protect the public from poor health and injury.”
Story by Caitlin Keough, USF College of Public Health