Eliz Rivera-Torres is a sophomore at Rutgers who plans on double majoring in Public Health and Latino & Hispanic Caribbean Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences with a minor in Health & Society. For Eliz, healthcare was always a field of interest, but it was in public health that she found her niche.
“I chose Public Health as a major because it’s an all-encompassing field. It allowed me to combine my love for healthcare, social work, and education. Besides those areas, public health has a lot of different dynamics, so I still have room to grow and explore even after becoming a professional.”
It was here at Rutgers that she realized how much of a real impact public health professionals have in their communities.
“I love that my classes are so applicable to everyday life! I get to see how far we have come and generate ideas on how we can go further in terms of improving communities.”
With her degree, Eliz plans on becoming a behavioral health educator.
People can do studies and compile information, but until someone becomes a point of contact and commits to spreading that information, it remains useless to those that don’t have it. I especially want to focus on the Latino community, since we are the fastest growing minority group in America. Having people such as myself who are more attuned to their needs is pivotal in creating an atmosphere that’s more than just comfortable. It will be welcoming.”