The U.S. Public Health Service has recognized Nicholaus J. Christian, M.D., M.B.A., ’17, with a 2017 Excellence in Public Health Award. It was presented during the pre-graduation award ceremony on May 26 at the Victoria Theatre in Dayton. The award recognizes medical students who are involved in public health issues in their community. In 2016, the Public Health Service presented awards at 68 medical schools throughout the nation.
Christian was inspired to become a doctor after a volunteer experience during his undergraduate years at Ohio State University. He helped set up an outreach clinic in an underserved, predominantly Hispanic trailer park. He worked with compassionate and humble medical professionals that modeled the values of protecting health.
“This was the first time I had ever seen a doctor in a community-based role,” said Christian, who is from Covington, Ohio. “The relationship and impact that the doctor had with his patients was so strong. The physician knew exactly where each patient lived and the resources available in that community.”
Before that experience, he wanted to help people through community organizing. “I realized that I could accomplish this and more through a career in medicine,” he said.