Name: Anthony Nevicosi
Graduation Year: May 2011
School: University of Illinois-Springfield (UIS)
I was born and raised in North-Central IL; close to I-80. After serving for 4 years in the Air Force, I completed my undergrad education at Illinois State University studying Nutrition and Dietetics. I was soon employed by the Bureau of Prisons, but later realized I wanted to complete my Master’s degree; both in Public Administration and Public Health- concentration in Environmental Health.
1. Why did you choose an environmental health career?
I grew interested after hearing and reading about the global warming phenomenon. I was not certain how true Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” was, but was curious to study the effects of environmental health’s impact on Earth.
2. What do you like most about the EH program you are in?
It is a very flexible program according to my schedule. The online curriculum has its positives and negatives, but having the flexibility to study on my own time is a definite plus.
3. What do you see yourself doing after graduation?
I am looking to continue my career in the Federal Government system. By graduating with an MPA and MPH I hope to be a marketable job seeker, but also look forward to serving in the public sector again. Whether the agency is the EPA or HHS, I hope to be a strong contributor, while my work makes a difference on a daily basis.
4. What would you like to say to potential students to recruit them into an environmental health degree program?
Our environment is what makes the world go round. Without a strong desire for its health, day-to-day living will suffer. In order to improve the environment’s health, we need students to continue to pursue and enhance the education programs available. You can take pride knowing you are improving your community and the world’s future health.