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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.

Olamide Adebowale

Olamide Adebowale
Richmond, VA
MPH, Health Management and Policy

About Olamide

Why I Chose Dornsife: It is one of the best programs I found, and it brought me my full circle moment.

Research Interests: Health improvement for vulnerable and immigrant populations.

Favorite Place on Campus: Not sure yet.

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: My kitchen :)

Breanne Baez

Breanne Baez
Pomona, NY
MPH, Community Health and Prevention

About Breanne

Why I Chose Dornsife: The many opportunities offered and the location of Drexel itself.

Research Interests: Nutrition/Obesity

Favorite Place on Campus: The Rec Center

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: Johns Food Truck

Maura Boughter-Dornfeld

Maura Boughter-Dornfeld
Philadelphia, PA
MPH, Health Management & Policy

About Maura

Why I Chose Dornsife: I chose Dornsife because I saw immediately how engaged the whole community is and how much everyone cares about each individual's success and growth. Dornsife demonstrated their interest in having well-rounded students, understood my need for some financial support, and helped me with my hope to gain experience (in many forms) to further my career in public health.

Research Interests: Food Insecurity, Childhood Adversity/Trauma, Access to Health Care

Favorite Place on Campus: 3rd floor (Health Management & Policy Department) of Nesbitt!

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: Spurrito or Boba (Food Trucks) and Han Dynasty (Restaurant)

Breauna Branch

Breauna Branch
Bowie, MD
MPH, Epidemiology

About Breauna

Why I Chose Dornsife: I chose Dornsife because I really enjoyed how welcoming everyone was when I visited the school during the admissions process. I value that we as students are required to gain more experience in the field as a graduation requirement compared to other institutions. Dornsife has many opportunities to be engaged with the campus and community as well as having numerous community partnerships.

Research Interests: Infectious Disease, Maternal and Child Health, and Global Health

Favorite Place on Campus: The Collaboratory in Nesbitt Hall

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: Landmark

Chelsi Defoe

Chelsi Defoe
Brooklyn, NY
MPH, Environmental and Occupational Health

About Chelsi

Why I Chose Dornsife: I chose Dornsife because of the people. I couldn't attend the Accepted Students Day so I reached out to Phi and received a personal tour in return. The faculty and students that spoke to me were so down to earth and genuine. I immediately felt like I was supported here. I thought to myself that I wanted to be a part of a school that truly cares about its students and Dornsife embodied that. Also, I was sold by the on-campus Chick-fil-A!

Research Interests: I am interested in occupational health and hazard assessments. Right now, I am assisting Dr. Huynh with her project on developing an intervention program for nail salon workers. I hope to do a similar project for my ILE assessing the health hazards of food truck workers.

Favorite Place on Campus: Nesbitt Collaboratory

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: Mike's Food Stop

Casey Gonzaga

Casey Gonzaga (Leech)
North Wales, PA
MPH, Environmental and Occupational Health
(minor in Infectious Disease and Prevention)

About Casey

Why I Chose Dornsife: I chose Dornsife because of the vast opportunities that are present within the city of Philadelphia. You have to complete breadths monthly, and a depth over the summer, which can be in any area of interest to you. This has really helped me see public health from different perspectives, other than just EOH. I truly believe that this is what helped focus my interests.

Research Interests: Infectious Disease Outbreak Control / Surveillance; Opioid Epidemic Surveillance; Global Health

Favorite Place on Campus: In the winter, 6th floor Nesbitt. In the warmer months, the quad.

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: Valanni restaurant in Center City, Tran's Food Truck

Areej Idris

Areej Idris
Philadelphia, PA
MPH, Epidemiology

About Areej

Why I Chose Dornsife: The courses offered by the school and the location.

Research Interests: Pharmacoepidemiology

Favorite Place on Campus: Nesbitt Hall

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: Chinese food truck

Thomas Jackson

Thomas Jackson, MS
Stringer, Mississippi
MPH, Health Management and Policy

About Thomas

Why I Chose Dornsife: I chose Dornsife because of the community-centered emphasis and the focus on practical experiences, along with the availability of concentrations, the 5-quarter program design, and the excellent job placement statistics.

Research Interests: Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy Advocacy, Evaluation, and Analysis

Favorite Place on Campus: Nesbitt Hall, 3rd floor

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: Food trucks: tied between Kami and Halal Trucks. Restaurant: Nom Wah Philadelphia

Jannie Kim

Jannie Kim
San Pedro Sula, Honduras
MPH, Epidemiology
(minor in Program Monitoring and Evaluation)

About Jannie

Why I Chose Dornsife: I really liked how the practical experiences were incorporated with the academic curriculum.

Research Interests: Global health, maternal/child health, obesity, diabetes

Favorite Place on Campus: Tech Lounge on the Square

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: Taqueria La Veracruzana

Kelly McLaughlin

Kelly McLaughlin
Selinsgrove, PA
MS, Epidemiology
(minor in Biostatistics)

About Kelly

Why I Chose Dornsife: Drexel, as well as the city of Philadelphia, provide incredible resources and mentors that help shape your professional career in public health from the very first day. I enjoy the opportunities to collaborate with professors in other departments, as well as other public health professionals here in the city.

Research Interests: My research interests include physical activity, injury and chronic disease prevention, and disease outbreaks.

Favorite Place on Campus: Starbucks

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: Los Compadres food truck

Rachel Seitz

Rachel Seitz
Monkton, MD
MPH, Health Management and Policy

About Rachel

Why I Chose Dornsife: The opportunity to participate in research and to promote health in all policies.

Research Interests: Policy affecting those with special health care needs.

Favorite Place on Campus: Dornsife

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: Hummus Grill

Samantha Trainor

Samantha Trainor
Voorhees, NJ
MPH, Health Management and Policy

About Samantha

Why I Chose Dornsife: I chose Dornsife because everyone I met immediately during an open house made me feel like this was where I should be, and I thought the program was one of the best out of other schools I applied to! When first starting the program, I was introduced to so many people who I have been able to network with and other students who I have become close with!

Research Interests: ACA and access to care/ Areas of PH: Hospital Management and Patient Safety

Favorite Place on Campus: 3rd floor of Nesbitt: HMP floor because I can speak with my peers and get my studying done

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: Grilly Cheese (grilled cheese) food truck or Fuel on 32 and Chestnut

Alex Trautman

Alex Trautman
Hollywood, FL
MPH, Community Health and Prevention

About Alex

Why I Chose Dornsife: I love that Dornsife believes in and fights for Health as a Human Right. I also felt really welcomed here by the entire CHP department when I came to tour and I think Philadelphia provides a really unique place to study public health.

Research Interests: Sexual and Reproductive Health, Women's Health

Favorite Place on Campus: 4th floor of Nesbitt

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: Brunch at Jones

Lauren Trumbull

Lauren Trumbull
Center Valley, PA
MPH, Community Health and Prevention

About Lauren

Why I Chose Dornsife: I choose Drexel because of the many partnerships the school has with organizations in Philadelphia and I believed the professors research interests matched my own.

Research Interests: Health disparities, violence, human trafficking

Favorite Place on Campus: Starbucks!

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: Sabrina's Café

Danielle Uibel

Danielle Uibel
Washington Township, NJ
MPH, Environmental and Occupational Health

About Danielle

Why I Chose Dornsife: Philadelphia has so much to offer and Dornsife takes advantage of the city and helps us gain so many opportunities!

Research Interests: Infectious Disease, Global Health, Medicine and Public Health, Cardiovascular Disease, Cancer

Favorite Place on Campus: Nesbitt 6th floor and the Starbucks in the LeBow Business Building

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: WaWa and Grilly Cheese

Revathi Varanasi

Revathi Varanasi
Plainsboro, NJ
MPH, Epidemiology
(minor in Health Economics)

About Revathi

Why I Chose Dornsife: I chose Dornsife because everyone in the school made it very clear that they were actively involved with helping each student achieve their goals. Also, Philly is an amazing city to live in!

Research Interests: Mental health and Substance Use

Favorite Place on Campus: Nesbitt Hall, 7th floor lounge - where I go to study between classes!

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: El Rey near 20th and Chestnut

Kenna Yadeta

Kenna Yadeta
Silver Spring, MD
MPH, Community Health and Prevention

About Kenna

Why I Chose Dornsife: I chose Dornsife because of its location in the city of Philadelphia. Philadelphia has so much to offer and I couldn't wait to collaborate with the many partnerships Drexel had with the surrounding community.

Research Interests: Violence and Trauma, Maternal and Child Health,Women's Health, Substance Abuse, Health disparities, Health Equity, Social Justice

Favorite Place on Campus: Third floor kitchen....they have the best coffee :)

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: Jessie's Boys

Claudia Zumaeta Castillo

Claudia Zumaeta Castillo
Lima, Peru
MPH, Community Health & Prevention

About Claudia

Why I Chose Dornsife: Because of its Community Engagement.

Research Interests: Infectious Diseases, Minorities & Underserved population

Favorite Place on Campus: The Recreational Center

Favorite Food Truck or Restaurant in Philadelphia: South Philly Barbacoa (Real Mexican Food, not TexMex)