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Leiema Suitumua Sachiko Hunt

Masters of Public Health


While earning my degree, my greatest supporters were:
My family near and far (I have a big family), BYU Faculty and Staff (esp. director, advisor, and reader), my cohort, my roommates at CVS 1, Team Sau Ia, Provo YSA 9th Ward

What I enjoyed most about my experience at BYU was:
Where do I start? I am going to miss BYU so so much! I loved interacting with the people in my cohort, and the faculty and staff. The faculty and staff are so very approachable and have always been willing to hear and help me.

I have gained valuable learning experiences here at BYU. Research and writing have never been my strong points, but I know that the more I practice, the better I will become. Participating in the research projects and fulfilling the other MPH program requirements challenged me to write more and gave me the opportunities that I needed to practice. I also have the tendency to shy away from leadership roles, but this program encouraged me to become a leader in various group projects.

There is more to share, but overall my experience in the MPH program has enlarged my perspective and further developed the skills I gained when I was employed in the American Samoa Department of Health. One of the contributing factors in making my decision to be enrolled at BYU was the school's mission. I am confident that no other school would have strengthened me spiritually in comparison to BYU. I made the right choice to come to BYU.

While earning my degree I was involved in the following clubs/organizations:
Polynesian Club, Pacific Islander Life Sciences Student Association, Living Legends

I plan to use my degree to:
I was recently offered a job to work as a CDC Public Health Analyst in American Samoa. I will help to develop and formulate short and long-range public health program goals, objectives, and policies. I will also be analyzing public health policies, programs, and statistical standards to advise senior management on public health policies, operations, products, and services. This was everything that the BYU MPH program prepared me for.

Now that I have completed the program, I'm most looking forward to:
I look forward to working in the Pacific Region.