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Student and Alumni Profiles

Hossam Abdou
Hossam Abdou
Concentration:  Global Health

Adeyi Adoga
Adeyi Adoga
Concentration: Epidemiology

Amrita Ahuja
Amrita Ahuja
Concentration:  Community and Population Health

Salowa Akhter
Salowa Akhter
Concentration: Epidemiology 

Christine Anyanwu
Christine Anyanwu
Concentration:  Community and Population Health

Janet Chan
Janet Chan
Concentration:  Community and Population Health 

Godswill Chigbu
Godswill Chigbu
Concentration: Epidemiology

Cara Dooley
Cara Dooley
Concentration: Epidemiology

Sydney Feldman
Sydney Feldman
Concentration:  Community and Population Health

Evan Gombert
Evan Gombert
Concentration: Epidemiology

VIvian Huang
Vivian Huang
Concentration: Epidemiology

Sarah Kattakuzhy
Sarah Kattakuzhy
Concentration: Epidemiology

Brian Jackson
Brian Jackson
Concentration: Epidemiology

Keiona Jones
Keiona Jones
Concentration: Global Health

Marcus Jones
Marcus Jones
Concentration:  Epidemiology

John Kupsa
John Kupsa
Concentration: Global Health

Hannah LeBuhn
Hannah LeBuhn
Concentration:  Global Health

Kaitlin Mason
Kaitlin Mason
Concentration: Global Health

Olga McKenzie
Olga McKenzie
Concentration: Epidemiology

Madelyn Nossick
Madelyn Nossick
Concentration:  Epidemiology

Chidoze Obichere
Chidozie Obichere
Concentration:  Epidemiology

Ijeoma Ogunsanya
Ijeoma Ogunsanya
Concentration:  Epidemiology 

Chigoziem Oguh
Chigoziem Oguh
Concentration: Community and Population Health

Morayo Owolabi
Morayo Owolabi
Concentration:  Global Health

Molly Reisman
Molly Reisman
Concentration: Community and Population Health

Jameela Rogers
Jameela Rogers
Concentration:  Epidemiology

Stephanie Sanchez
Stephanie Sanchez
Concentration: Epidemiology

Helina Selam
Helina Selam
Concentration: Global Health

Salma Sharaf
Salma Sharaf
Concentration:  Epidemiology

Shreenidhi Sharma
Shreenidhi Sharma
Concentration:  Epidmiology

Jamie Sibel (1)
Jamie Sibel
Concentration:  Epidemiology

Manisha Singh
Manisha Singh
Concentration:  Global Health

Sharon Tennant
Sharon Tennant
Concentration:  Epidemiology

Rajaniece Thompson
Rajaniece Thompson
Concentration:  Community and Population Health

Sophie White
Sophie White
Concentration:  Community and Population Health

Anna Whitney
Anna Whitney
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.