OSU swimming, Ronald McDonald House and public health: all part of Bopp's journey


Fourth-year public health student Amy Bopp has made the most of her time here with the College of Public Health, and will be receiving her bachelor of science in public health with a sociology specialization degree Sunday.

“I think this college is an experience unlike anything else that other students on campus get,” Bopp said. “I find that in every single public health class, what we’re learning speaks to everyone in a little bit of a different way, which is something I’ve always valued with the College of Public Health.”

Declaring a major in public health was a long process for Bopp.

“I came into college as a biology major and was unsure of exactly what I wanted to do,” Bopp said. “I wanted to do something health-related. I was looking at clinical or maybe physical therapy or med school, but after my freshman year I really took a look at the public health program and I knew that was going to be the fit for me.”

Outside of the College of Public Health, Bopp's involvement in other organizations and teams at Ohio State helped shape her career interests.

Bopp was a member of the women’s varsity swim team for three years, which she said kept her very busy.

Bopp stopped swimming for Ohio State last May, which she said opened up her schedule to explore other things that were meaningful to her.

“Last summer, I was a nurse aid for a child who had autism, which was an amazing learning experience,” Bopp said.

Bopp has also volunteered with the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio for three years before accepting a paid employment position there this year.

“Every single day, I walk through the door and I’m so excited to get to work to help our families,” Bopp said of the organization which partners with Nationwide Children’s Hospital to keep parents close to their hospitalized children.

“In every aspect of that job, I see public health, whether it’s providing meals for the families, transportation, or a place to stay,” Bopp said. “I would love to continue working with the Ronald McDonald house, and I’m also interested in becoming a nurse practitioner and combining what I’ve learned in public health with more of a clinical aspect.”


About The Ohio State University College of Public Health

The Ohio State University College of Public Health is a leader in educating students, creating new knowledge through research, and improving the livelihoods and well-being of people in Ohio and beyond.  The College’s divisions include biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health behavior and health promotion, and health services management and policy.   It is ranked 19th among all colleges of public health in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report, and also includes the top 10-ranked MHA degree program.  The College provides leadership and expertise for Ohio and the world through its Center for Health Outcomes, Policy and Evaluation Studies (HOPES), Center for Public Health Practice, and the NCI-funded Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science (CERTS).