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Connect with Current Students

The Dornsife Ambassadors are student representatives from the MPH program at Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health.

Prospective students have the opportunity to meet and interact with our ambassadors at class visits, open houses, virtual sessions and accepted students days.

Dornsife Ambassadors are also available to talk to prospective students and provide guidance and advice throughout the admissions process. Learn more about our students and their personal experiences below.

To speak with an ambassador contact sphadmissions@drexel.edu.

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Alesha Amin
Dallas, Texas
MPH, Community Health and Prevention

About Alesha

Why I Chose Dornsife: I choose Dornsife because of all the hands on experience you get.

Research Interests: Maternal and Child Health

Favorite Place on Campus: Papadakis

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: Goldie

 Sarah Caldwell

Sarah Caldwell
Washington Crossing, PA
MPH, Community Health and Prevention
(minor in Global Health)

About Sarah

Why I Chose Dornsife: I found it really interesting that each professor had their own individual research. I thought that not only could Dornsife provide me with a sense of knowledge moving forward, but also insight into the field of public health which I hope to pursue.

Research Interests: Global Health

Favorite Place on Campus: Nesbitt Hall

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: KC's Smoothie Truck

Mary Conroy

Mary Conroy
Manahawkin, NJ
MPH, Health Management & Policy

About Mary

Why I Chose Dornsife: The ILE experience & depths that help expose me to different aspects of public health.

Research Interests: Hospital management

Favorite Place on Campus: Daskalakis Athletic Center

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: Georgio on Pine

Sierra Cuellar

Sierra Cuellar
Ocean View, DE
MPH, Community Health and Prevention

About Sierra

Why I Chose Dornsife: Dornsife was actually the only school I applied to, but it ended up being a great fit because of the emphasis on and opportunity to be involved in research specific to my area of study. Philadelphia is also so full of public health connections -- there are important relationships to be formed everywhere around the city.

Research Interests: Global Health, Vulnerable Populations, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, Reproductive Health/Rights, Gender Equality, WASH

Favorite Place on Campus: Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building because of all the natural light and the biowall

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: Food truck falafel (it's better and cheaper than falafel from any restaurant) or Sava's Pizza (because everyone needs a favorite pizza place)

Adrian Diogo

Adrian Diogo
Elizabeth, NJ
MPH, Epidemiology

About Adrian

Why I Chose Dornsife: I chose Dornsife because it is the best School of Public Health in Philadelphia. The curriculum has a strong emphasis on building qualitative skills with real-world experience through strong community partnerships.

Research Interests: Healthy Aging, Injury Prevention, and Health Economics

Favorite Place on Campus: Nesbitt Hall Lobby

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: Dos Hermanos Tacos (food truck) and Jamonera (restaurant)

 Rozhan Ghanbari

Rozhan Ghanbari
Paso Robles, CA
MPH, Epidemiology

About Rozhan

Why I Chose Dornsife: I chose Dornsife because of the welcoming environment and opportunities for research!

Research Interests: Mental Health, Global Health, and Infectious Disease

Favorite Place on Campus: 7th floor of Nesbitt

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: El Taco and ICI Macarons & Cafe

Sucharu Ghosh

Sucharu Ghosh
Hooghly, West Bengal, India
MPH, Epidemiology

About Sucharu

Why I Chose Dornsife: The curriculum of Dornsife with extensive practical exposure attracts me the most. The practicum is divided into two sections: Breadth (10 monthly engagements) and Depth (a minimum 120-hour internship). Moreover, it has a campus of diverse cultures with students from different countries. Also, U.S. News ranks it in the top 19th position!!!

Research Interests: Infectious Diseases and Substance Abuse

Favorite Place on Campus: 7th floor Nesbitt Hall

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: Wendy's

Nikki Johnson

Nikki Johnson
Lumberton, NJ
MPH, Epidemiology

About Nikki

Why I Chose Dornsife: I chose Dornsife for the interdisciplinary curriculum, small school feel and the endless opportunities in public health Philadelphia has to offer!

Research Interests: Health Disparities, Maternal and Child Health, Chronic Disease, Cancer, Environmental Epidemiology

Favorite Place on Campus: Korman Center

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: Honey's Sit N' Eat

Matthew Joy

Matthew Joy
Trenton, NJ
MPH, Community Health and Prevention
(minor in Public Health Emergency Preparedness)

About Matthew

Why I Chose Dornsife: Because of the many research opportunities the School has to offer.

Research Interests: Infectious Disease, Nutrition, Health Disparities, Health Communication

Favorite Place on Campus: Nesbitt Hall

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: Starbucks

Maureen Klopp

Maureen Klopp
Willow Springs, IL
MPH, Epidemiology

About Maureen

Why I Chose Dornsife: I chose Dornsife because of the expansive opportunities that are offered through different experiences. Also, I enjoy all the multitude of electives offered that allow me to explore my other interests and then have the opportunity to have a minor.

Research Interests: Infectious Disease, Global Health, and Emergency Preparedness and Response

Favorite Place on Campus: The lobby of Nesbitt

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: Mac Mart

Celina Koh

Celina Koh
New York, NY
MPH, Epidemiology

About Celina

Why I Chose Dornsife: I chose Dornsife because of the emphasis on practical experiences along with the flexibility to incorporate a minor. Furthermore, the opportunities to network with professors, public health professionals, and students are endless!

Research Interests: Refugee Health, Immigrant Health, Infectious Disease, Chronic Disease, Aging, Environmental Exposure

Favorite Place on Campus: Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building has the tallest vertical biowall - it's beautiful!

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: Amma's South Indian Cuisine in Center City

Stephanie Miller

Stephanie Miller
Phoenix, AZ
MPH, Community Health and Prevention

About Stephanie

Why I Chose Dornsife: I chose Dornsife because of the program values, research opportunities, and location.

Research Interests: Substance Abuse, Harm Reduction, Population Mental Health, Injury and Violence Prevention

Favorite Place on Campus: Nesbitt Hall (Off-Campus, but nearby: Cira Green)

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: New York Halal Truck or Franklin's Table

Gabrielle Mullin

Gabrielle Mullin
Collegeville, PA
MPH, Epidemiology

About Gabrielle

Why I Chose Dornsife: It's located in a large city with many public health initiatives and organizations that I could join.

Research Interests: Cancer Epidemiology, Injury Prevention, Policy

Favorite Place on Campus: I love Nesbitt, there's always someone to talk to or an event going on there

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: There's a food truck on Market Street that sells cupcakes, so good!

Puja Patel

Puja Patel
Edwardsville, IL
MPH, Health Management and Policy

About Puja

Why I Chose Dornsife: I chose Dornsife because it was the best fit for everything I wanted in my MPH program. Drexel is in a large city and Dornsife had many opportunities to get involved in the surrounding area through both education and engagement throughout the program.

Research Interests: Access to Care, Mental Health, Maternal and Child Health

Favorite Place on Campus: The walkway of Lancaster Ave behind the recreation center

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: White Dog Café

Isabelle Shumate

Isabelle Shumate
Hershey, PA
MPH, Health Management and Policy

About Isabelle

Why I Chose Dornsife: I choose Dornsife because of the emphasis on the Philadelphia community and the opportunities the school provided. In addition, during a preview day I attended all of the students seemed so passionate about the school and their work which helped me make the final decision to attend Drexel.

Research Interests: Clinical Management, Healthcare Consulting

Favorite Place on Campus: Nesbitt Hall

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: Johns on 33rd St

Maya Stallings

Maya Stallings
Media, PA
MPH, Epidemiology

About Maya

Why I Chose Dornsife: I loved how it was in the center of Philadelphia. I wanted to go to a school that would give me the tools I needed to give back to my community.

Research Interests: Violence Prevention, Maternal and Child Health, Health Disparities, Health Equity, Health of People of Color

Favorite Place on Campus: Starbucks

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: Sampan is my favorite restaurant

Laneisha Sullivan

Laneisha Sullivan
Wayne, NJ
MPH, Health Management and Policy

About Laneisha

Why I Chose Dornsife: As a Drexel University undergraduate alumna, I've always appreciated the resources this school offered both during and after graduation. After being named Philadelphia's #1 Public Health School, I immediately had to know why. Immediately, I knew the faculty, current students and academic resources provided on campus were going to propel my public health career journey farther than I imagined.

Research Interests: Women's Health, Vulnerable Populations, Hospital Management

Favorite Place on Campus: Drexel Park (Powelton Ave)

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: Spurrito food truck (a more health conscious spin on a Vietnamese-style burrito wrapped in rice paper)

Alaisha Verdeflor

Alaisha Verdeflor
Sayreville, NJ
MPH, Health Management and Policy

About Alaisha

Why I Chose Dornsife: I chose Dornsife because of its commitment to partnering with the surrounding Philadelphia community.

Research Interests: Health Equity, Housing Equity, Oppression and Health, Policy Analysis and Evaluation

Favorite Place on Campus: Writer's Room Studio at MacAlister Hall

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia:Han Dynasty