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Student and Alumni Profiles


Pankaj Agarwal 
Concentration: Epidemiology


Ajuni Choudhary
Concentration: Epidemiology


Nicholle Cross
Concentration: Community and Population Health


Brendan Day
Concentration: Epidemiology 


Faustina Dickson
Concentration: Epidemiology 


Nimasha Fernando
Concentration: Epidemiology 


Mohammad Imran
Concentration: Epidemiology


Tanya Khatri
Concentration: Global Health


Talia Kozlowski
Concentration: Community and Population Health 


Rachel Laufer
Concentration: Global Health 


Chigoziem Oguh
Concentration: Community and Population Health 


Nneoma Okezie
Concentration: Community and Population Health 


Deborah Olumuyiwa
Concentration: Global Health


Jahi Omari
Concentration: Community and Population Health


Michelle Peralta
Concentration: Community and Population Health


Leanne Pomeroy
Concentration: Community and Population Health


Jessica Pryor
Concentration: Community and Population Health

 
Stephanie Sanchez
Concentration: Epidemiology 


Rupini Shukla
Concentration: Epidemiology


Anna Whittington
Concentration: Community and Population Health

 

Alumni Spotlight

Leah Perotta

Leah Perrotta, MPH ‘16
Program Developer

What inspired you to study public health at UMB? 

The desire to want to be an expert in my field. I always knew I wanted to help people, but wasn’t sure how. Once I learned about public health and the impact it can have on the health and well-being of communities, I knew I had found my passion. I also wanted to start my career in Baltimore, which is what made the program at UMB so appealing. 

How have you used your MPH degree to transition into your current work? 

I have applied many of the program planning and evaluation concepts into my day-to-day work. I still reference some of my text books, templates and notes when working on programs. I have also applied lessons learned from many of my professors and mentors during my coursework and capstone project to help me provide quality services and content to the participants I serve. I still consult with some of my MPH mentors as I navigate the workplace wellness field. I have been able to use my education to improve and evaluate programs, processes and services and educate my colleagues about important behavior change theories and concepts to promote health behavior change. 

 What do you think is the biggest challenge in public health today? 

Motivating individuals to make behavior changes. In today’s fast-paced world, it is difficult to find the time and motivation to dedicate to improving your health. This is why I am so passionate about workplace wellness. Adults spend the majority of their time at work, making it an ideal setting for addressing important health issues such as the obesity epidemic, diabetes prevention and control and providing important stress management and mental health services. 

What advice would you provide to current and aspiring public health students? 

Embrace challenges and see them as opportunities to make improvements and leave your legacy. There are so many opportunities in public health to have an impact on individual's lives - explore the field to find out what you are most passionate about and make it your mission to make a difference.