Michigan Public Health Admissions Ambassadors

At the University of Michigan School of Public Health, we recognize that when considering a new career or applying to a new degree  program, nothing is more valuable than hearing from someone who has been through it. 

Our volunteer Admission Ambassador Program is composed of current students who are dedicated to recruiting the next generation of public health leaders. These Ambassadors are passionate about making a difference, active within our community, and excited to share their desire to contribute to the field of public health. 

Throughout the academic year, Admissions Ambassadors assist with various recruitment initiatives for prospective and admitted students. There are many ways prospective students may interact with an Ambassador, such as an informational webinar, graduate school fair or in an informal Zoom conversation or email exchange. As you explore what public health has to offer and begin your journey with Michigan Public Health, an Admission Ambassador can be an asset to your journey and help guide you through your decision making process. 

This page highlights some of our current Ambassadors. If you would like to connect with them, feel free to email them directly. If you are interested in being matched by your department/program of interest or degree, the Recruitment and Admissions team in the Office for Student Engagement and Practice is always available to assist. You can reach them anytime at sph-inquiries@umich.edu for more information.

Undergraduate Admissions Ambassadors

Graduate Admissions Ambassadors

Meet Our Undergraduate Admissions Ambassadors

Helena Helme

Helena Helme 
BS in Public Health Sciences

I'm a senior in the public health bachelor of science program and I was really drawn into public health because it allowed me to peak interests in the field of maternal and infant health, and potentially work on a global scale. I’m involved with a pre-health professional fraternity Delta Epsilon Mu (DEM) and so I have made so many connections with other students in public health, as well as a variety of other health professions. DEM has also given me the opportunity to directly participate in professional health related workshops and discussions, and opening up networking and career opportunities through association with professors and career professionals. If I’m not at SPH, I’m most likely on a run or cozying up with a new book and the biggest cup of tea I can find! I transferred to the U of M for my sophomore year from Michigan State and so I understand the transfer experience and have a soft spot for those external transfer students! Feel free to also reach out if you have any questions about the application process or chat about classes and campus life!

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Hannah Stovall
BS in Public Health Sciences

I chose public health because of the ability to reach large populations. When I discovered how public health focuses on the overall health of the population rather than individual people, I immediately decided that it was for me. My professional interests are in infectious disease prevention and immunizations, making public health a perfect fit for me. I am the Treasurer for the Public Health Student Assembly (PHSA) and a member of the Public Health Association (PHA). I am also an external transfer student from UM-Dearborn who transferred directly into SPH. Outside of school, I love to read, exercise, go on walks, and bake. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or advice on being an external transfer student coming into SPH, the application process, or anything else you need!

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Katey Krohn
BS in Public Health Sciences 

I chose public health because of my passion for preventive measures and their profound impacts on the health and wellbeing of individuals and entire populations. Specifically, I am intrigued by how nutrition, physical activity, and lifestyle influence bodily mechanisms that regulate both the onset and defense against chronic diseases. Outside of my classes, I serve as the President/Founder of Girl Gains Lifting Club, a female weightlifting club on campus. Additionally, I volunteer at Michigan Medicine and also serve as a campus tour guide for prospective undergraduate students. I welcome students to connect with me, whether it's about navigating the pre-med track within the School of Public Health or simply to grab coffee and chat about anything!

Olivia Jeong

Olivia Jeong
BS in Public Health Science

The broader perspective of healthcare systems and population health offered by public health appealed to me as a pre-med student. I have loved the curriculum and electives offered through this program, and public health has definitely equipped me with skills directly applicable to my career goals and a better understanding of how to create and implement change to improve health. My interests lie in women's health, well-being, and mental health. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy running, photography, and exploring new restaurants and coffee shops in Ann Arbor. Please reach out to me if you have questions about being on the pre-med track with a public health degree, finding research opportunities, electives you should take, or if you just want to talk!

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Samantha Rich
BA in Community & Global Public Health

I chose to pursue public health because it allows me to explore my interests in health policy and women’s health surrounded by equally passionate and driven individuals. Outside of class, I’m involved with The Michigan Daily, Students for Democracy, CURIS Public Health Advocacy, and Hopelessly Yellow. I also love to go on runs, read, and cook! Feel free to reach out if you are interested in any of these topics, want advice on how to navigate U-M and Ann Arbor from out of state, or just want to say chat!

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Zara Bedella
BS in Public Health Sciences

I am a junior in the BS program at SPH, with a minor in Asian Languages and Cultures. I chose public health because I was interested in the intersection between science and policy, and I wanted to learn more about combating health disparities in the US and abroad. Outside of class, I am vice president of New Movement, a dance club on campus, and I am on the Joy-Southfield committee of the Global Health Alliance. I have also worked in a research lab studying the origins of ovarian cancer. I love trying new coffee spots in Ann Arbor and finding new music to listen to. I'd be happy to answer any questions about choosing between the BA and BS programs, finding community on campus, and all things public health!

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Leah Nielsen
BS in Public Health Sciences

I chose to pursue public health because I am very interested in epidemiology, and I would like to pursue a career in it. I am a member of Delta Epsilon Mu and Public Health Association on campus. I am also secretary of Schriftlich, a German club on campus. I am currently a dual degree student in both Public Health and LSA, where I am majoring in German. Feel free to reach out to me about any questions regarding getting a dual degree with Public Health, studying abroad, or anything else!

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Malia Rubley
BA in Community & Global Public Health

I chose to study public health because of my interest in the intersection of health and policy. I hope to use my undergraduate education to learn more about how public health policy can improve health outcomes and address health disparities at the population level. Outside of class, I serve as an SPH representative for the Interprofessional Education Student Advisory Committee, am on the K-Grams executive board, and am involved in Women in Law Club. I also work as a pediatric clinical assistant for Trinity Health IHA Medical Group. In my free time, I love to go on walks in the Arboretum and get coffee with my friends! If you have any questions about applying to SPH, campus life, or being pre-law, please feel free to reach out!

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Samantha Riordan
BS in Public Health Sciences

Hello! I am currently a junior in the B.S. Public Health program with a minor in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences. I chose to study public health because I'm interested in learning about the relationship between healthcare and biostatistics. Additionally, I'm passionate about advocating for mental health and emphasizing the importance of bioethics when conducing research. Outside of class, I'm an editor for the Undergraduate Journal in Public Health, a policy analyst for CURIS where my team partners with the Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention, a member of HEPYA, and involved with a social sorority called Pi Beta Phi! During my free time I love to play soccer, ski, and explore different coffee shops in Ann Arbor. I'm an external transfer into the program, so I understand all about the transfer process and what to expect your first semester. For me, the School of Public Health has been extremely welcoming and my cohort has been amazing to get to know! Feel free to reach out to me to talk about the transfer process, campus life, being an SPH student, or if you have any general questions!

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Julia Ginter-Berriman
BS in Public Health Sciences

Hi! I'm Julia, and I'm a junior in the Public Health Sciences program, pursuing a dual degree in Biomolecular Science as well. I chose public health since it encompassed many of my interests including health policy, healthcare systems, and social justice. Also, public health is a multidisciplinary approach to health that allows me to get an in-depth perspective of many things that determine health at the population level, which I love. Outside of school, I am involved in Dance Marathon, the Public Health Association, and I work as a Patient Care Tech at the UM Cardiovascular Center. I also studied abroad this past summer in Sweden and Denmark, where I took three public health classes! I would love to talk about pursuing a dual degree, being Pre-Med, study abroad, or anything else!

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Marlee Sacksner
BA in Community & Global Public Health

I chose to pursue public health for the strong, uplifting community and because of my interests in health equity, mental health advocacy and awareness, and reproductive justice. I am also pursuing a minor in Gender and Health. Additionally, on campus I am involved in the Public Health Student Assembly, the Undergraduate Journal of Public Health, Project Prison Birth, Residence Halls Association, and Hillel Sustainability Club. In my free time I enjoy going to the movies with friends, baking and cooking, and spending time with my family and my dog.

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Serena Smith
BS in Public Health Sciences

I am a senior pursuing a degree in Public Health Sciences with a minor in Social Class and Inequality Studies. I have always been passionate about social justice and science, and have found that public health lives at the intersection of the two. My primary interests include the social determinants of health, health equity, and epidemiology. Although I work part-time for a CDC-funded lab at SPH, and also have recent experience in healthcare consulting. I would love to answer questions about choosing between the BA and BS programs, undergraduate research work, my admissions experience, or any other general questions!

Shichi Dhar

Shichi Dhar
BS in Public Health Sciences

I chose public health because I wanted to learn more about the factors that impact an individual's health outside of the traditional patient-physician interactions. More importantly, I am excited to learn about how knowledge of these factors can allow for policy and societal change to help communities reclaim control over their own health. Outside of class, I am an editor for the Undergraduate Journal of Public Health, on the planning team for Detroit Partnership (a service-learning organization), and a volunteer at Michigan Medicine. Prospective students can connect with me about being pre-med and a student in the Public Health Program, getting research and writing experience in undergrad, and anything else that may help you get through these stressful but rewarding years!

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Alaa Alawamleh
BS in Public Health Sciences

I chose to pursue a degree in Public Health because throughout my experiences as an aspiring physician in our world's current conditions, I have come to understand the importance of advocating for equality in health conditions and outcomes for all. Outside of SPH, I am a research assistant in the TPAL Lab at the school of Kinesiology, a volunteer at UM Hospital and Shelter Association of Washtenaw County, and a teaching assistant for ‘Medical Arabic’ at University of Michigan Medical School. On campus, I serve as Director of Internal for MENA Public Health, Health Chair for Students Allied for Healthcare Accessibility (SAHA), a Blackwood Mentor, and Founder/President of JSA. In my free time, I enjoy reading and baking vegan desserts! I would love to connect with prospective students and offer input on the application process, getting involved with research or communities, and overall help in any way I can!

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Sanjidah Rahman
BS in Public Health Sciences

My name is Sanjidah Rahman and I am currently a senior in the Bachelor of Sciences program under the School of Public Health with a minor in the Environment under LSA. I chose to pursue public health because I felt like I could make the greatest impact on the world through this field. Public health opens up your mindset from taking care of people in a healthcare setting to looking at every aspect of daily life and how by improving everyone's quality of life, everyone's health outcomes will automatically improve. This perspective can be applied to any field of study/work, so the career opportunities are endless!

Some of my hobbies include reading and attempting (key word is attempting) cooking! This year in addition to the School of Public Health's Undergraduate Ambassador Program, I am excited to be participating in the Undergraduate Journal of Public Health as an editor. If you want to talk about any of these topics feel free to reach out! I would also love to talk about my experience in the public health program, my minor, taking graduate-level classes, and how I plan to practice public health in my post-grad plans. I look forward to meeting you!

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Karis Hawkins
BS in Public Health Sciences

I am a Senior in the undergraduate B.S. program here at SPH. I am an external transfer student and my primary interests are in social epidemiology research and black maternal and infant mortality. I chose public health because of my interest in confronting health disparities and researching social determinants of health. I currently work in a public health research lab at the Institute for Social Research and at the SSW DEI office. After this year I plan to go on to grad school to get my MPH in epidemiology. I'd be happy to connect with students on what it's like adjusting as an external transfer student, finding public health research opportunities, applying to grad school, or share my experiences in the program overall!

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Simran Bhutia
BS in Public Health Sciences

Hi guys! I am Simran, and I am a senior in the Undergraduate Sciences at SPH. I chose to pursue public health because I like the way the field combines different disciplines to protect population health. Currently, I am involved in a public health club on campus called Global Health Alliance, as well as immunology research in the Microbiology and immunology department! Let me know if you have any questions about pursuing a minor with the PH major or being a pre-med. Also, I definitely have great coffee shop recommendations if you are in need of any :)

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Omar Chowdhary
BS in Public Health Sciences

I have had many enlightening conversations with diabetic patients about their struggles with monitoring blood pressure & sugar and making healthy dietary changes that are sustainable for the long term. I chose SPH because I want to develop a population-oriented perspective of prevention and chronic disease care through the courses and research offered here. On campus, I love to weightlift, kayak, and swim in my free time. Off-campus, I love going on hikes with the fam as well as volunteering in Detroit with my friends. As an ambassador, I would love to give my advice on being a pre-med in SPH as well as just general advice about different medical research opportunities and interesting student organizations to get involved in.

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Merna Mikha
BS in Public Health Sciences

It was important for me to discover a major that resonated with my interests, and I found my passion in the field of public health. As a pre-med student, my interests naturally gravitated toward medicine, with a particular emphasis on understanding how public health is shaping the future of healthcare, especially in its outreach and support for marginalized and overlooked communities. This deepened my appreciation for public health, particularly given my Assyrian heritage as part of a minority group. Beyond public health, I'm also pursuing a minor in Science, Technology, and Society, with a particular focus on Medicine, offered as an RC minor at LSA. In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, card and board games, and exploring new burger joints! If you have any questions or are debating between the two programs, please feel free to reach out!

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Nina Parikh
BS in Public Health Sciences

I chose to pursue a degree in public health as I am interested in finding ways to keep people healthy rather than simply treating them once they become sick. I was fascinated when I first learned about the social determinants of health, and the significant impact these factors can have on the health of individuals and communities. In my free time, I enjoy being active, reading, and baking banana bread muffins. I am originally an external transfer student so I can speak to the external transfer process. I am also pursuing a business minor with plans to work in healthcare management and strategy. Feel free to connect with me if you would like to chat about public health, business, the transfer process, or anything Michigan related!

Peace Odiase
BA in Community & Global Public Health

I chose public health because I am passionate about global public health. I want to work to dismantle the oppressive systems that lead to health inequities and work with communities to build sustainability. In my free time, I like to try new restaurants and watch psychological horror movies with friends. On campus, I'm a Diversity Peer Educator (DPE) and the Undergraduate Representative for the Public Health Students of African Descent (PHSAD) student organization. I also volunteer as a Reading Mentor for Soar Detroit. Additionally, I'm majoring in Psychology and minoring in Community Action and Social Change, and I studied abroad in South Africa this summer. So, feel free to connect with me about being a dual degree student, pursuing a minor outside of SPH, or studying abroad. You can also reach out to me about the application process, any questions you have, or just to chat about your interests in public health!

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BS in Public Health Sciences

Hello! My name is Adare and I am a senior in the B.S. Public Health Sciences Program. With aspirations of becoming a Genetic Counselor, I have always been very interested in genetics and through my studies, public health, as I started to notice the various ways in which genetics and public health are interconnected. Specifically through disease surveillance and epidemiology, where genetic data can be used to track disease outbreaks. Outside of my classes at sph, I work as a research assistant in a lab through the Department of Epidemiology, I am a health and safety officer for Alpha Chi Sigma, and volunteer at the Ozone House. Feel free to message me if you would like to talk about programs and interests related to genetics and the Public Health Program!

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BS in Public Health Sciences

I joined the public health program because of its interdisciplinary approach to solving large health issues, as well as its emphasis on community centered work and social justice. Some of my interests in the field include mental health, maternal health, and health disparities in North Africa. Some clubs am currently involved in Global Health Alliance, Elevate, and Students Allied for Healthcare Access. Feel free to connect with me about pre-PA resources, being a commuter student, or anything else! I am excited to speak with prospective students and provide more information about what this program has to offer.

Adhira Hyder
BS in Public Health Sciences

Coming into college, I thought I was going to major in biology, but even then I knew I wanted to do more than just that. I chose public health because it centers conversations around people and communities, focusing on how the science connects to their health and can be best used to truly improve it. Health is so much more than just our physiological state, and I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to deeply understand this through the undergraduate program. My first introduction to public health was through the Health Science Scholars Program, a living-learning community here at Michigan, which I was a part of for two years. I'm also involved with the UM Red Cross Club and interned at the Flint Registry over the summer! I'd be happy to connect with students about the program, admissions, being pre-med, finding extracurriculars/activities, or anything else you're curious about!

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BS in Public Health Sciences

Hi! I am a junior in the undergraduate public health BS program. I chose to study public health because it combines my interests in helping others, healthcare, social justice, and health equity. I am pre-health and plan to pursue a graduate degree in a pediatric healthcare career (likely rehabilitative services). Outside of classes, I volunteer at Mott Children's Hospital (reading books to babies!), work at a pediatrician's office (vaccinating kids), am part of a few clubs, and play on the club water polo team. I also love spending time with friends, biking, and trying new foods in Ann Arbor. Feel free to reach out about public health, being pre-health, have trouble deciding if you should switch majors, or anything else!

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BS in Public Health Sciences

I decided to pursue a career in public health because of its emphasis on population well-being and the social factors that influence a community's health. Health is a multifaceted concept, and to truly understand it, we must examine the societal structures in place and how they contribute to health disparities. Public health takes a comprehensive approach to assessing the health of a community, and I am passionate about being a catalyst for that positive change! Beyond my studies in public health, I participate in various extracurricular activities. I co-lead the South Asian Awareness Network (SAAN), volunteer with OEC, work with the DRIP education team in MHEAL, and contribute to podcast content production for Michigan in Color. If you're interested in getting involved with any of these organizations or if you have questions about navigating campus life as a first-generation student, pre-med student, or fellow coffee enthusiast, please don't hesitate to reach out to me. I'd be happy to connect and share my experiences and insights!

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BS in Public Health Sciences

I chose public health because I am passionate about applying principles of social justice to the field of healthcare. Outside of school, I serve as a Senior Editor for Michigan in Color, a Panels Chair for Dil Se (a South Asian mental health awareness organization), and the Professional Development Chair for Mu Epsilon Delta. Additionally, I work as a research assistant at the Sen Lab, where we study depression outcomes for resident physicians. In my free time, I enjoy doing the NYT Mini Crossword and photography. Prospective students can connect with me about being pre-med, the BS degree program, writing in public health, or participating in a public health study abroad program through UofM (I had the opportunity to go to South Africa)!

April Hamilton

April Hamilton
BA in Community and Global Public Health 

I am a junior pursuing a BA in Community and Global Public Health and a Minor in Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture. I chose public health because I am very interested in the intersection between the public health discipline and policymaking. I am especially interested in international policymaking and mental health. In the future, I intend to pursue an MBA/MPH dual degree and a PhD in Public Health. I am also a part of the Student Opportunities for AIDS/HIV Research (SOAR) program and an active member of several black student organizations across campus. If you are interested in the experience of being a black student in SPH and the opportunities the school has to offer, the SPH application process, and SOAR as a whole, feel free to contact me.

Adarsh Barki

Adarsh Barki
BS in Public Health Sciences

I have chosen to be a part of the undergraduate public health program with my passion for effectively helping improve the well-being of any one community through multiple avenues. Public health allows me to explore and understand how people are impacted by health equity, social determinants, and the convergence of medicine and public health. My ultimate goal is to integrate these disciplines in the future to aid my ability to treat patients as a physician. One class that has helped my journey to becoming a public health student is SOC 100, significantly shaping my perspective in understand how society and environmental factors affects one's well being. I am also a pre-medicine student. Outside of class, I am a dancer, participate in a pre-health honors society known as Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED), collaborate in a project through M-HEAL called MEND, and work as a Certified Phlebotomist at Michigan Medicine. These experiences allow me to explore the medical field through different lenses. Feel free to contact me for insights on the application process, pre-medicine, my extracurricular involvement, course experiences, or anything in general!

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Yasmine Maarouf
BA in Community and Global Public Health 

As a Female Muslim, Arab, American I am motivated by the values and morals that I grew up with. I am committed to making a positive impact on the lives of children and families around the world. I have a huge passion for development and implementation of strategic partnerships that are working towards creating a better world for children. I have a strong interest in global health and humanitarian issues. I have previously worked for UNICEF USA, The Dearborn Public Health Department, The Syrian American Medical society and currently work for Save The Children as a corporate partnerships intern. I have developed skills in project management, communication, fundraising,  and data analysis, and I am eager to speak to anyone about the nonprofit sector. In my free time, I love to run and coffee shop hop! Check out the Detroit Muslim Running club on instagram:)

Meet our Graduate Admissions Ambassadors

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Yijun Zou
Nutritional Sciences, MS with Dietetics Concentration

Hello! My name is Yijun and I’m currently a first-year MS Student in Nutritional Sciences, also with a concentration in Dietetics. I'm also an International Student from Shanghai, China. Before coming to UM SPH, I received a dual degree in Nutrition and Psychology, augmented by a certificate in Culture, Health, and Science at UMass Amherst.

The community-driven initiatives I witnessed during my undergraduate studies fueled my passion for public health. Previously, my management position in the journal writing department of a Chinese nonprofit organization provided me with essential skills in team leadership, project coordination, and strengthening team cohesion. My professional experience spans outpatient nutrition care, digital health platforms, and laboratory research, demonstrating my adaptability and expertise in different nutrition disciplines. Being an ambassador allows me to pass on this passion by encouraging and mentoring future students, and please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions!

Yan Jing PhayYan Jing Phay
MPH Student, Nutritional Sciences (Dietetics Concentration)

Hello! I am currently a second-year graduate student from Malaysia, who is pursuing MPH in Nutritional Sciences (Dietetics Concentration) here at the School of Public Health at UM! I graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong with a degree of BSc in Food and Nutritional Sciences! I am very interested in how cultural, political and socioeconomic factors can affect the nutritional intake of the general public, especially in underprivileged communities or developing countries, and hoping that the knowledge and skills I acquired here will be able to assist me to make a change back in my home country, Malaysia! Since I am an international student too, if you have any questions in your process of applying and/or considering studying in the U.S., feel free to reach out to me! 

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PhD Student, Nutritional Sciences

Hi! I am a PhD student in Nutritional Sciences. I have been a member of the UM SPH community since 2018, completing my MPH in the same department prior to starting the PhD program. I work in the ELEMENT research group, focused on maternal and early life exposures (to nutrition and environmental toxicants) in Mexico City. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions throughout your admission process! 

Hanna VerenaHanna Venera (she/her)
PhD Biostatistics

Hello! My name is Hanna, and I am a PhD student in the Biostatistics department. I completed my MS in Biostatistics here last April and my undergraduate at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA in 2021. I am interested in clinical trials research and would be happy to talk to you about research interests or how to get involved. The Biostatistics department is incredibly supportive and collaborative, yet challenges its students to push their academic boundaries -- it is truly the best of both worlds! Feel free to reach out with questions about anything from moving to Ann Arbor from out of state, to transitioning from a small undergrad institution, to navigating the Master's vs PhD decision (: Go Blue!

Mike SweeneyMike Sweeney
Biostatistics PhD

I am a Biostatistics PhD student and first-generation college student interested in statistical genetics/genomics and statistical computing. Before arriving at UM SPH, I was born and raised in Bethpage, NY and I received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics & Statistics and Computer Science from Stony Brook University. I am more than happy to chat with prospective SPH students about any topic that would be of help. Particular topics I am most knowledgeable about are the biostatistics department, the Center for Statistical Genetics, the Genome Science Training Program, moving to Ann Arbor from out of state, and transitioning to graduate school directly from undergraduate study. Choosing a graduate school is a life-changing decision as well as a major financial and time commitment, and the decision was quite difficult for me as a first gen student. I enjoy hearing from prospective students and having candid (and hopefully helpful!) conversations with them during this exciting and pivotal time of change.

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MPH, Health Behavior and Health Education

Hi, I am a first generation student and the first in my family to graduate from college! I am so grateful to be a second-year MPH student with a concentration in Health Behavior and Health Education. I call Chicago home and earned my B.S. in Public Health with a minor in Health Administration at the University of Louisville. My passions include health equity, minority health, and ensuring access to quality healthcare. I spent my summer interning in Flint, Michigan at Hurley Children’s Hospital-MSU’s Pediatric Public Health Initiative. Currently, I am a research assistant at Michigan Medicine.

I would love to answer any questions you may have and serve as a resource! Feel free to reach out at any time in the admissions process and beyond.

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MPH, Health Behavior & Health Education

Howdy! I am a second-year MPH student in Health Behavior & Health Education (HBHE). After graduating from a small liberal arts college with majors in Math & Art History, I took a number of years off from school, working predominantly in collegiate and youth athletics, before coming to Michigan.

Public health is the definitive interdisciplinary field, and as someone who has many interests, the Michigan School of Public Health was the place where I felt I could satisfy my intellectual curiosity, while also learning how to do the most good for society. My specific passions include physical activity, nutrition, education, behavior change, and geroprotection. As such, I have had the opportunity to take several classes within the School of Kinesiology. Outside of class, I am active in the HBHE Student Association.

Prospective students should feel free to ask me about anything – just beware you may receive an essay in return, as I could talk about all the great things at U of M for hours!

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MPH student, Health Behavior Health Education 

I am a first year MPH student in the HBHE department from Houston, TX. I completed my undergraduate degree at Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science Studies and a minor in Studio Art. I chose University of Michigan due to the excellent program curriculum and the abundance of available resources for students. So far, I have become involved as an admissions ambassador and as a volunteer for STATCOM (Statistics in the Community). Please reach out with any questions about the admissions process, public health curriculum, and being an out of state student. 

Juli TashfiaTashfia Jilu
MPH - Health Behavior and Health Education | MSW - Policy and Political Social Wor

I am currently a dual master's student pursuing degrees in Public Health and Social Work. Within Public Health, I am in the Health Behavior and Health Education department, while in Social Work, I'm on the Policy and Political Social Work pathway. In undergrad, I was a double major in Biology and Science in Society at Wesleyan University. Outside of academics, I am a Patient Care Tech at Michigan Medicine, a research assistant for Dr. Mary Janevic at the School of Public Health, and a policy intern at the Michigan Center for Youth Justice. Drawing on my diverse educational background and driven by my experiences as a first-generation, low-income student and as a child of immigrants, I hope to bridge the gap between medicine and voiceless communities through advocacy and policy work. If you’d like more information about anything I’m involved in or to learn more about the MPH program, don’t hesitate to reach out!

jessica mccoyJessica McCoy

Hi! My name is Jessica McCoy and I'm a first year MPH student in the Health Behavior Health Education (HBHE) department. My interests are global reproductive health and family planning, public policy, and improving the structure of our healthcare system. I chose to attend Michigan because I felt a strong sense of community here and that I would be supported as I made a career change. I also love how extensive the university's resources are and all of the incredible opportunities both inside and outside of SPH. I'm the Social and Service Co-Chair of the HBHE student association and a member of the interdepartmental Maternal and Child Health Student Association. During my first year, I am holding a Research Assistant position within the Social Epidemiology department working on an NIH-funded systematic review of the intersection of tobacco control policies and health inequities. I'm more than happy to connect with prospective students to help chat through the many factors that come with choosing a program!

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MPH Student, Health Behavior and Health Education

I am a first-year MPH student in the Health Behavior and Health Education (HBHE) department. I got my BS in Physiology and Bioethics from Michigan State University last year. I chose to attend UM SPH because of the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of the curriculum and internship opportunities that encourage students to get out into communities to see public health in action. My future plans include going to medical school after graduating with my MPH to pursue a career in emergency medicine and community outreach. I decided to get my master's degree in public health because I want to impact patients and communities beyond hospital walls and use my position and knowledge to advocate for change and improve broader health conditions and outcomes. Outside of classes, I am also involved in Womxn in Health Leadership (WiHL), Public Health Action Support Team (PHAST), a peer-founded non-profit called GlobalMarks, working as a phlebotomist at Michigan Medicine, and volunteering for Crisis Text Line. Prospective students can ask me about living in Ann Arbor, transitioning from undergrad to grad school, pre-med life, or just about anything SPH-related! I look forward to getting to know many potential students and hopefully seeing everyone on campus! 

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MPH Population and Health Sciences

Hi! My name is Nia, and I am a first-year student in the Population and Health Sciences MPH online program. I am also an alumna of the BA program at SPH. I have worked in environmental health for my state health department for over a year. I am interested in the health administration field and how health behavior influences health equity. Other interests include health program planning, nutrition, and community engagement. In my free time, I enjoy watching anime and playing with my dog, Levi. I am involved with the Black Student Union on campus as well. Prospective students can connect with me about anything. Topics can be related to public health work experience, the application process, class suggestions, general advice, etc. I'm here for support!

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Stephen Anfield
MSW (Interpersonal Practice) + MPH (Population Health) Student

Hey, y'all! I'm a career-changing, graduate student pursuing dual degrees in social work (MSW) and public health (MPH). Hailing from the deep South with a degree in communication and rhetoric from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, I hope to combine my educational and lived experiences to create new, culturally-congruent ways of engaging diverse communities and populations to improve overall health and well-being. My interests include technology & privacy, health & well-being of historically excluded populations, and determinants of health. Questions? I'll try my best to answer anything sent my way, and if I don't know, I'd be happy to connect you to someone who does. Looking forward to e-meeting all of you and Go Blue!

Sydney P

Sydney Prochaska 
Health, Management, and Policy- MHSA, second-year

My decision to attend the University of Michigan was motivated by my search for an environment that would encourage me to strive to reach my full potential, both personally and professionally. By joining this esteemed program and university, I have access to numerous resources and opportunities that can aid me in achieving my goals. During my first year, I participated in the UCLA Health Case Competition, completed fieldwork at Michigan Medicine's Psychiatry department, attended ACHE, and interned at the Mayo Clinic. Post-grad, I will complete a fellowship with Kaiser Permanente in Southern California. My areas of interest include provider relations, health equity, and population health. Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions.

Nicholas Gagliardo headshotNicholas Gagliardo
MHSA, Health Management and Policy

Hi, I am a first year MHSA student at the University of Michigan. After completing my undergraduate, I joined the field of healthcare working as a laboratory technician at a hospital for two years. This experience exposed me to the clinical side of healthcare, but I also encountered many challenges, which sparked my interest in healthcare administration. I am particularly interested in exploring how administrators can utilize strategies and innovation to enhance various aspects of healthcare and improve patient experiences.

The University of Michigan piqued my interest at prospective student events, primarily because of its extensive resources and supportive alumni network. Since arriving here, my Michigan experience has exceeded my expectations. I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience that have significantly helped me grow both personally and professionally. Please feel free to reach out if you'd like to know more about Michigan, or if you have any questions!

Cole frederick headshotCole Frederick
MHSA Student, Health Management and Policy

Bio: Hello! My name is Cole Frederick and I am a first year MHSA student here at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. I attended the University of Iowa for my undergraduate degree and moved here to Ann Arbor from out of state. I have experience working in an academic hospital setting as well as outpatient clinical operations from my time working with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. After graduating I am interested in pursuing a fellowship at a reputable children's hospital and a career in operations and management within pediatric healthcare. I have truly enjoyed my time here at Michigan and I have come to love the city of Ann Arbor and all that it has to offer. I would love to share what my experience was like moving out of state for graduate school and answer any questions you may have for me. Thank you!

Amina Dada headshotAmina Dada
Master in Health Services Administration (MHSA) in Health Management and Policy (HMP) 

I am a first-year Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) student in the Health Management and Policy program. I completed my undergraduate degree in Public Health Honors with a Business Administration minor at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and completed internships during my undergraduate education as well. My interests are in patient access, strategy, and improving the patient care experience and hope to work in an Academic Medical Center. I chose to attend Michigan because of the interdisciplinary nature, phenomenal alumni network, and how the professors and cohort push me to be my best. By joining such an esteemed program I know I will be prepared when I start my healthcare administration career. Connect with me anytime, I would love to answer your questions about the program!

Aashna Pradhan headshotAashna Pradhan
MPH Student, Health Management and Policy

My name is Aashna and I am a first-year MPH student in the Health Management & Policy department. I am very interested in global health strategy and health innovation’s role in promoting health equity and addressing disparities. Prospective students can reach out to me about anything at all! I have absolutely been in your shoes and know how tough the application season can be so I am here to support in any way I can! I went to Michigan for undergrad too so I can give a lot of insight into what makes SPH unique, life in Ann Arbor, and more. 

connor watson headshotConnor Watson
MHSA Student, Health Management and Policy

I am a first-year Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) student in the Health Management and Policy program. I have a significant interest in health administration and hope to work at an Academic Medical Center in the future. I chose Michigan because of its incredible reputation (for both the school and the program), the professors and cohort (which I find to be both incredibly diverse, seasoned with experience, and genuinely engaged in your success), and the connections and alumni network (which has been the most impressive and helpful aspect of the program so far). I have worked closely with individuals in many of the top programs across the country, and I truly believe that Michigan's is unparalleled in terms of how prepared and knowledgeable the students are when they start their healthcare careers. I hope that you will consider Michigan and I am happy to connect with anyone who has questions.

Marissa Olson

Marissa Olson 
MPH Student, Epidemiology

Hi, I am a second-year MPH General Epidemiology. I'm also a First-Generation student. I received my undergraduate degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL in May 2020. Since graduating from my undergraduate and before coming to UM SPH, I worked for two years at my local health department as a COVID-19 Case Investigator doing case management and helping with vaccine distribution. I have a huge passion for infectious disease and social epidemiology! So far, my experience at UM SPH has been nothing but positive! Since being at U-M, I've been able to be on two research studies and had an internship with the Michigan Public Health Institute. I'm more than happy to chat about the admissions process, classes, public health, or anything else you would like to know! 

Jamie Fry headshotJamie Fry (she/her)
MPH Student, General Epidemiology

Hello! My name is Jamie and I am a second-year, first-generation college student in the General Epidemiology MPH program. I earned my Bachelor of Health Science degree from DePaul University in 2019. After graduating, I spent 2 years working on the COVID-19 response team at my local health department. Since starting my program at UM SPH, I have joined the following organizations: Public Health Action Support Team (PHAST), Epidemiology Student Organization (ESO), Sexual and Gender Diversity in Public Health (SGDPH), and First-Generation Students at U-M Public Health, along with being an admissions ambassador. I know how overwhelming the graduate school application and decision-making process can be, so please reach out to me with any questions! I am happy to share more about why I chose UM SPH and what my experience here has been like so far!

Camille dixson headshotCamille Dixson
MPH Student, Health Behavior and Health Education

I am a first-generation and second-year Master of Public Health student. My areas of interest surround urban health, maternal health, healthy cities, and Black health disparities. I completed my undergraduate degree in Sociology with a Public Health minor at Central Michigan University in 2022. I chose to further my education at the University of Michigan because I believed it was a place full of resources that would lead me to a successful career in public health in addition to having the opportunity to work with the amazing faculty and staff in SPH. I am involved in the Public Health Action Support Team (PHAST), Public Health Students of African Descent (PHSAD), and serve as Secretary of the Health Behavior and Health Education Student Association (HBHESA). This past summer, I completed an internship with the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation. Currently, I serve as a Program Assistant for the Michigan CEAL project. Prospective students are free to contact me about the MPH program, applying to graduate school, general life at Michigan, or any other questions!

Janaye JonesJanaye Jones
Dual Degree MPH: Health Behavior and Health Education; General Epidemiology

Hello everyone! I am a first-generation dual MPH student studying Health Behavior & Health Education (HBHE) and General Epidemiology (GE) from Ypsilanti, MI. I completed my Bachelor of Arts at The University of Michigan in Sociology with a sub-plan in Health and Medicine and a minor in Afro-American and African Studies. My future plans include attending Physician Assistant school and reducing barriers to health care in communities of color. I recently completed my internship with the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center research on campus and have conducted research on poverty, environmental risks for cancer, and vaccine hesitancy surrounding COVID-19.

On campus, I am involved with Public Health Students of African Descent (PHSAD), the Public Health Action Support Team (PHAST), the Umich Pre-PA club, and recently Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society!

Don't hesitate to email me with any questions regarding pursuing a dual degree, questions about HBHE and GE, research, my pre-PA journey, or even campus involvement! Good luck with your admissions process, and of course, Go Blue!

Lala Sri FadilaLala Sri Fadila
Nutritional Sciences, MPH

I am a second-year MPH student with a concentration in Nutritional Sciences. I am originally from Indonesia where I also obtained my bachelor's degree in nutrition from Universitas Gadjah Mada back in 2018. Prior to coming here, I worked as a monitoring and evaluation officer in a global donor organization that focuses on malaria elimination in Indonesia. My interest is in sustainable food systems, I have been involved in some sustainable diets promotion activites and I search for a program where I can dive deeper into this issue, the University of Michigan is the answer. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns regarding the application, life as an international student here, or just anything you are curious about!

Kennedy SmithKennedy Smith
Health Management and Policy, MPH

Hello, my name is Kennedy Smith and I am a first year Master of Public Health Student, in the Health Management and Policy Department. I obtained my bachelor's degree in Health Sciences from Hampton University, where I focused on policy and administration. My passion lies in healthcare policy, particularly in the areas of access and equity. I am also keen on researching health policy within the United States' justice system. I chose the U of M School of Public Health because of its unique opportunity to explore various disciplines, including population and community health, in addition to health behaviors and outcomes—integral aspects of developing public health policy. In my leisure time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, trying new foods, and rewatching various shows such as “Suits.” I welcome any inquiries from prospective students regarding my department or the School of Public Health. Having been in your shoes, I understand your concerns, and I am confident that things will work out positively. I look forward to connecting with you!

Lauren WardLauren Ward
Environmental Health Sciences, PhD candidate

Lauren Ward is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. Originally from Kokomo, Indiana, she received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and her MPH in Tropical Medicine from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Lauren's research interests include chemical exposures, occupational health, and infectious disease. She hopes to eventually become a research professor and is passionate about student engagement in the community beyond the classroom. Feel free to reach out with questions about the EHS Department, applying to a PhD, research, and extracurricular opportunities available on campus! 

Nicole SeilerNicole Seiler
Environmental Health Sciences, MPH

Nicole Seiler is a second-year Industrial Hygiene MPH candidate from Midland, Michigan. Nicole graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health Management in April 2022 from Grand Valley State University. During her time at Grand Valley, Nicole served as the 2021-22 Vice President of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Student Chapter and was awarded the Excellence-in-a-Discipline Award for Occupational Safety and Health Management and the Thomas M. Seykora Award for Outstanding Contribution by Grand Valley State University. While studying at Michigan, Nicole served as the 2023-24 President of the University of Michigan Industrial Hygiene Student Association and was awarded the President's Leadership Award, which is the highest scholarship and professional development honor given by the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF). This summer she had the opportunity to work as the Environmental, Health, and Safety Intern for Howmet Aerospace in Dover, NJ. She will be joining Howmet full-time after Graduation in the Spring of 2024. In her past experience, Nicole has had the opportunity to gain Occupational Safety and Health/Industrial Hygiene experience in the aerospace mining, agriculture, and electrical car battery manufacturing industries. Driven by her passion for the field of industrial hygiene, Nicole decided to pursue a Master’s of Public Health in IH to gain more specialized knowledge on how to effectively protect health and safety of workers. Nicole’s ultimate goal is to become both a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), joining the family business as a third-generation Industrial Hygienist. In her freetime, Nicole loves to play tennis, take art classes, and cheer on her favorite team, the Cleveland Browns.