Student Spotlight: Phillip Hahn
A rising senior in the Bachelor of Health Science program, Phillip has made the most of his time in school to expand upon and foster his love and passion for public health. Driven by an innate fascination and excitement by diseases, Phillip dreams of working for the Epidemic Intelligence Service through the CDC as a hot zone responder.
During his freshman year, Phillip began working for the North Florida Regional Medical Center Infection Control Department and has been with them ever since. This unique experience has given him a close-up look at the inner workings of epidemiological efforts and the direct impacts that they have on large populations. While much of society cringes at the thought of working with infectious diseases, Phillip feels very much at home in a hospital or lab surrounded by these specimens.
Phillip has also taken a heavy interest in gaining leadership and service skills in his time at UF. He mentored middle school students for two years through Mentor UF, served as a Center for Leadership and Service Ambassador, facilitated servant leader roundtables, and is currently a co-director of the Servant Leader Institute. He is also a certified Affordable Care Act application counselor and is always looking for new ways to positively impact people’s lives.
Like his studies, research has played an integral role in Phillip’s university experience. For over two years, he has been collaborating with fellow BHS students Catalina Garcia and Kayla Ventura to conduct research on college student’s knowledge of consent and subsequent unwanted sexual encounters. He is also a research assistant for an ongoing Arts-in-Medicine study addressing the dissemination of information through artistic mediums and its resulting impact on the spread of Ebola in African Nations.
This summer, Phillip has the honor of interning at the John’s Hopkins University in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Through the Department of Environmental Epidemiology, he is conducting research on the role of antibiotics on bacterial resistance and subsequent effects on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. He hopes to be back at Hopkins down the road to get his PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology.
On the side, Phillip loves hanging out with his family and friends and can always be found doing something outside. He is an avid concert-goer, reader, and is always looking forward to the next time he gets to travel.