For this project, I teamed up with two other Latham Fellows and the TRIO Upward Bound Program to provide a unique opportunity for local first-generation high school students to engage in health science from basic research to public health, and to connect with UI STEM undergraduate researchers. In order to model public health research, I engaged students in a hands-on epidemic simulation activity. Students traced an infection through a population and discovered the original host. I also followed up this activity by sharing personal experiences as a first-generation, low-income and minority college student on what led to decisions he made for major/minor/certificate studies at the University of Iowa. Through this workshop, students gained a better understanding of the field of epidemiology and public health and what you can do as an undergraduate to get involved in those fields. In this document, you will learn about the details of this project, such as the rationale, overall goal, target audience, the implementation process, the mechanism of the activity, project impact and engagement, and the future directions of the project. You will also know more about the lessons that I’ve learned from this project in the end of the narrative.
Copyright © 2018 Jack Feng
Feng, Jack, "Public Health Works: Understanding and Communicating Science through Epidemic Simulation" (2018). Latham Science Communication Project. 38.