Name Angel Algarin
Degree Program MPH
Hometown Berlin Center, OH
Previous Institutions The Ohio State University
What do you like most about the UK College of Public Health?
One of the things I like most about the UK College of Public health is the plethora of opportunities that the college has for its students.
Are you engaged in any research activities?
I am currently working with Dr. April Young on her research project, “Roles of Social Media and Mobile Apps in Sexual and Drug Co-usage Networks of Men who have Sex with Men”. Using the same collection methods, I will also be conducting my own research “Utilizing MSM geosocial networking applications for HIV research in rural areas.”
What are you involved with on and off campus?
On campus, I am a member of UKSPHA and a student representative of the Practice and Community Engagement Committee.
Off campus, I am a Social Media Co-Chair for Lexington Pride, a campaign volunteer for Senator Bernie Sanders, and a bartender at the restaurant Street Craves.
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
Upon graduation, I plan to continue my education in receiving a Ph.D in Epidemiology. From there, it would be my dream to study infectious disease that afflict gay Latino populations.
What made you decide to study public health?
Being of Latino descent and part of the LGBTQ community, it has always been important to me to give back to the communities that have not only embraced me, but also encouraged me to better my education. Therefore it is important to me to focus on the diseases that most greatly plague both of my communities in order to secure a healthier tomorrow.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time you can catch me hanging out with my dog Zane, visiting some of Lexington’s many attractions, or having some fun with other MPH students at Pazzo’s pint night!