Maryann Ford, Environmental Health
“Passionate professors and strong programs that link science and health make UMass Lowell unique.”
When UMass Lowell launched the Environmental Health Program in 2009, Maryann Ford jumped on board. “I wanted a health major that was broader than clinical,” she says. “I am really interested in environmental sustainability and how it relates to ecology and human health,” says Ford who received the Chancellor’s Commonwealth Scholarship.
“I really like the way the school interacts with the Lowell community so much. In the environmental health classes especially, the professors make a huge effort to contribute to the welfare of the Lowell area.”
For example, through just a few of her classes, Maryann created a video documentary about a health advocacy group in the area, published a Letter to the Editor in response to decreased state funding for mental health programs and created a plan to educate people about climate change to improve health.
“Working with the Lowell community gives context to the work we do in class.”
During the summer of 2011, Ford worked as an intern at the University of Montana’s Center for Environmental Health Sciences where she conducted laboratory research on how particles or combustion products could affect health. Once she graduates in 2012, Ford hopes to combine her environmental toxicology research with public health concerns to design effective campaigns that will reduce health disparities in large city populations.
“While the Commonwealth Scholarship triggered my interest in UMass Lowell, I couldn’t be any happier. Passionate professors and strong programs that link science and health make UMass Lowell unique.”