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Mona Dai, MHS '17

Mona is a graduate of the Master of Health Science in Environmental Health program in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, with a focus on Food Systems, Water, and Environmental Sustainability.


Undergraduate in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University.

Why Mona chose the MHS in Environmental Health program

After college, I realized that my interests didn’t align well with my first job. I decided to enroll in the MHS program at JHSPH because I had worked on some global health projects as an undergraduate and knew that there were components to my work that I was missing with only an engineering background.

Mona's experience in the program

Initially, I was nervous because I had never taken any public health classes, so almost the entire curriculum was new to me. However, I was very grateful to have the opportunity to learn completely new topics taught by experts in the field.

Food Systems, Water, and Environmental Sustainability

I chose to follow the water and sustainability track and to pursue a food systems certificate. The classes were fascinating and I especially appreciated having classes with service components that allowed us to work on real issues in the Baltimore food environment and have the chance to learn and interact with people outside of Hopkins.

Program faculty

The faculty was not only knowledgeable but very inspiring, always encouraging us to think outside the box and to pursue different paths.

Students in the program

I felt lucky that my cohort was small enough that I could get to know everyone and I was able to discuss with my peers about so many environmental health topics that interested all of us. I was also happy to be surrounded by so many talented individuals and have the chance to explore many different opportunities.

Current position

I'm currently a fellow at the Environmental Protection Agency. It's great to have a JHSPH network in DC that is so close to Baltimore.