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PT and the Greater Good

Full-Time PT and Part-Time Student

Published November 16, 2010 3:14 PM by Dean Metz

I'm now careening toward the end of my first year as a master's in public health student. I've learned a lot about epidemiology, social and behavioral science in preventative care, global health, public health and the aging. I've also learned that it is a lot harder being a student in one's late 40s than in one's late 20s. I used to be able to read something once through and it stuck. Now it takes two or three readings before it really makes sense.

Also, when I was going to PT school, I wasn't a working professional, as I am now. I have days where I stay late at work, need to bring some paperwork or research home, or am just too wiped out from my day to then begin a new chapter of work at home.

Of course there is the added bonus of taking my course online in the States. My classes do meet for regular lectures on Monday and Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. EST. However that translates to 11 p.m. in England. Imagine starting your lecture at that hour!

As I've said before, I really like the program. I think the information is relevant to PT even though very few seem to pursue this role. I also think it will help me move forward in my career no matter where I eventually wind up for good.

I just hope I can survive it!


Hi Kiara, I'm studying at NOVA Southeastern in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Great online programme. Students from all over the US and the Caribbean.

Dean Metz November 17, 2010 5:29 PM

Good for you! I agree more PTs need to consider roles in public health. Which school are u studying at?

Kiara Major, PhysioTherapist November 16, 2010 5:12 PM

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    Dean Metz
    Occupation: Staff Development Specialist
    Setting: New York, NY – Newcastle Upon Tyne, Great Britain
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