Yinghong (Amy) Wu
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I decided to pursue a graduate degree in public health to build on the experiences that I gained while working as a Registered Dietitian in the fields of primary care, food service management, and long-term care. Although it was rewarding to contribute to the care of clients and patients while working downstream within the healthcare system, I was also inspired to look towards upstream approaches to improving the health of a larger number of people.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
The MPH program within the School of Population and Public Health is a reputable program with highly skilled faculty who are leaders in their field of practice. Having the opportunity to access their valuable expertise and connections, and being a part of a world-class university played a large role in my decision to study at UBC.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
Public health is a broad and ever-evolving field, and my intent was to gain a wide range of skills to position myself for the opportunities ahead. The MPH program offers many options in areas of study from data-heavy focus to health promotion and program planning.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
Having spent most of my life in the prairies, my favourite part of life in Vancouver is being able to comfortably venture outdoors year-round! Some rain gear is required at times, but all of the greenery is very soothing.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
I was fortunate enough to have a wide variety of professional experiences prior to starting the MPH program. Aside from working in the field of dietetics, I've also worked as a research assistant in a nutrition & physiology wet lab looking at the impact of diet on various diseases, as well as in a behavioural study testing an intervention to increase the level of empathy for healthcare professionals. I've also worked with many types of populations, ranging from the young to the elderly, urban and rural, and newcomers. Having both clinical and research experience with a variety of people in a range of settings provided me with a well-rounded foundation upon which to build a public health career.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
I enjoy getting into nature with my husband, whether through hiking or cycling. There's so much to be seen. I also enjoy trying out new recipes in the kitchen, reading, and dabbling in photography.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Be open to new experiences, and don't be too hard on yourself. Many graduate students hold themselves to such high standards, but remember to mindfully take in this unique time in your life.