Opinion: The U.S. deserves the best public health doctors. They needn’t be medical doctors

The Covid-19 lockdown began in Massachusetts the week I submitted my dissertation to become a doctor of public health (DrPH).

When I had gone back to school in Boston three years before, after working as a policy analyst at the National Institutes of Health, I could never have imagined graduating during a health crisis like this. I had studied pandemics, of course, but only as history lessons. Suddenly I — like everyone around the globe — was living through one.

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