Student Highlight – Patty Scholting is a student in the UNMC College of Public Health (COPH) Master of Public Health program with a concentration in Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC). She entered the MPH program on a part-time basis in the fall of 2008. With her course work complete, she is now turning her attention toward developing her service-learning/capstone project. Patty expects to graduate in 2014.
Patty is currently on the faculty at UNMC in the Physician Assistant program. She is an assistant professor and academic coordinator in the School of Allied Health Professions. She also practices as a PA in the field of internal medicine. It is there that she became interested in public health and more specifically in COPC. “Our current health care system focuses on acute or chronically ill patients and as a result healthy individuals are overlooked,” says Patty about the character of our current health care system. COPC identifies all members of a defined community, including ill and healthy individuals, in an effort to address health issues comprehensively. Patty believes that looking at health through the lens of population, and not just the individual, is critical to addressing the health-related challenges of today. Patty’s interests include addressing workforce issues in rural health by providing students and future PAs the tools they need to put COPC into action within the communities they serve. The UNMC COPH has provided her with not only an expanded view of health care but also the means to teach her students the importance of public health in every field of medicine.
Outside the world of academia and medicine, Patty likes to spend much of her time outdoors, hiking, camping, gardening, and spending time with her family.