Nicole Vick, MPH, Public Health Advocate
Nicole is a seasoned and respected public health professional who has strong relationships with community-based organizations, academia, and other stakeholders. During her 15 years with the local health department she has managed public health programs focused on workforce development, health equity, the social determinants of health, and the impacts of institutionalized racism and other forms of oppression on health outcomes.
Nicole also has 12 years of experience as an adjunct professor, and she serves on two boards. She was most recently appointed to the board of Public Health Advocates, an organization that challenges the social, political, and economic systems that perpetuate racial, economic, and health disparities. She is also Board Secretary at Esperanza Community Housing, an organization that works to achieve community development in South Los Angeles.
Ms. Vick earned both her B.S. in Public Policy and Management and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Southern California.
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Nicole's Career Tips for Public Health Students
Don't be afraid to talk to your professors about your future. Any professor that is truly enthusiastic about their work will be so happy to chat with you about your plans and help you make sense of everything.
When those guest speakers come to class take their card and follow up with them. They are the window into what your future career can be.
Be prepared to be open and flexible. Things are changing rapidly and you have to be able to go with the flow.
Nicole's Career Tips for Public Health Graduates
Reach back out to your professors. They may know somebody that knows somebody that is looking to hire someone.
Stay in touch with the agencies you interned with, the guest speakers in class you talked to. Find ways to connect and stay in the know.
Create your support system.
Find ways to add to your skill set - online classes, take the CHES/MCHES exam, etc