Student Highlight – Nicci Ramsey is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, but was raised in Omaha. She is a student in the UNMC COPH MPH Program, with a concentration in Public Health Administration.
Nicci’s path to the field of public health began with her pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in peace studies from Chapman University in Orange, California. She continued to pursue her education goals by earning a master’s degree in counseling psychology with a focus on substance abuse and addictions from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. While earning her master’s degree, Nicci spent her spare time volunteering at the Lincoln Park Community Shelter for the homeless. Nicci describes this volunteer work as “one of the greatest experiences of my life, serving the homeless members of my community and showing my support for their rehabilitation and work toward achieving their goals. My experience volunteering at LPCS gave me new aspirations for myself; I want to give back to the community, to the members who are often overlooked and need the supports of the community most. I began to dream of one day opening a shelter like this in my hometown in Omaha. To be able to provide a multidimensional rehabilitation program in my own community that provides a safe environment to begin to empower those who are often forgotten about became my goal.”
Through the mix of her background in mental health and substance abuse counseling, mediation, and an enjoyment for listening to the incredible stories that many disenfranchised people have to share, Nicci was drawn to the MPH program with a concentration in public health administration. She hopes to gain the knowledge and skills to one day develop a shelter that provides a variety of services for the members of the Omaha area or become the director of one of the already amazing programs within the community, ultimately providing an empathetic environment that can successfully address the public health needs within the growing community.
Nicci appreciates the COPH professors who have a variety of experiences in public health and provide a well-rounded exposure to the many dimensions of the field. What Nicci likes most about the COPH is the “dedication of the student advisors. The advisors within the COPH work very hard to support their advisees and help guide us through the program.”