"August 29, 2005 was not going to be a normal day. My sophomore year of my Pharmacy program had just begun; morning classes were scheduled as usual under an increasingly darkening sky. Meanwhile, three hundred and twenty miles south in Pass Christian, Mississippi, my family was facing the raw, unrelenting power of nature manifested inHurricane Katrina. In the aftermath of the storm, a small portion of the herculean effort involved in the reconstruction of the Mississippi Gulf Coast consisted of 453 officers of the United States Public Health Service. It was during this time that I knew I would pursue a career in public health as an officer in the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service. The experiences that I have gained in public health in my seven years with the Commissioned Corps have been invaluable. New York Medical College has been a great experience for me so far. The online program is very flexible, which has worked well with my schedule. The course materials, PowerPoints, and library resources have been valuable, and the staff has been very helpful and prompt in responding to questions and keeping open lines of communication. I am very appreciative to have an opportunity to pursue my Masters of Public Health in Health Policy and Management at NYMC."
Nathan Hamil is from Pass Christian, Mississippi. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Public Health (M.P.H) with a concentration in Health Policy and Management from NYMC School of Health Sciences and Practice & Institute of Public Health. He is a commissioned officer in the United States Public Health Service and currently serves as a Drug Information Specialist with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.