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Connect with Current Students

The Dornsife Ambassadors are student representatives from the Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Science programs at Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health.

Prospective students can meet and interact with our ambassadors during 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, including some of our second-year students' Integrative Learning Experiences (ILE)‚Äč below. If you would like to speak with a Dornsife Ambassador please contact our admissions team at

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Demi Adefarati
Collegeville, PA
MPH, Health Management and Policy

About Demi

Why I Chose Dornsife: I chose Dornsife because I loved the research being conducted by professors within the various departments, and because of Drexel's location within Philadelphia. Ultimately, I knew that I wanted to be in Philly because I love the community, and I wanted to be engaged with a city that I felt a personal connection to.

Research Interests: Chronic Inflammatory Conditions Amongst Women of Color, Health Inequities, Women of Color and their Experiences in the Healthcare System within the United States, Economic Determinants of Health, and the Intersection of Racial and Gender Based Trauma as a Determinant of Health

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Khadijah Bundick
Roanoke, VA
MPH, Global Health

About Khadijah

Why I Chose Dornsife: I chose Dornsife because of the distinctiveness of the program.

Research Interests: Maternal Reproductive Health (Research), Health Policy/Inequities

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Isabel De Ramos
Philadelphia, PA
MS, Epidemiology

About Isabel

Why I Chose Dornsife: Dornsife's dedication in improving the health of Philadelphia's disadvantaged and most vulnerable populations resonates with my own career goals. As a Philly native, I chose Drexel as my new home once I discovered that Dornsife has deep roots and connections with overall public health research, programs, and projects throughout the city.

Research Interests: Health Disparities, Immigrant & Refugee Health, Chronic Disease, Health Equity, Health of People of Color

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Ngozi Fadulu
Clementon, NJ
MPH, Epidemiology (online program)

About Ngozi

Why I Chose Dornsife: I chose Dornsife based on revelations I read from current students and the school's expertise in the area of public health around the city of Philadelphia and all over the nation.

Research Interests: Infectious Disease Surveillance, Maternal and Child Health, Social Epidemiology

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Kaitlyn Farrell
Philadelphia, PA
MPH, Global Health

About Kaitlyn

Why I Chose Dornsife: I was instantly drawn to Dornsife's core mission to fight for health as a human right, locally and globally. Drexel's Dornsife School of Public Health perfectly encapsulated everything I envisioned for my MPH degree. With unmatched educational opportunities and a newly created Global Health MPH program, the choice was clear. At Drexel, I would gain the tools I need to improve the health and well-being of children and families, both here in Philadelphia and around the globe.

Research Interests: Global Health, Ethics, Maternal and Child Health, and Latino and Immigrant Health

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Line Pascale Gonel
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
MPH, Health Management and Policy

About Line Pascale

Why I Chose Dornsife: My choice was based on the broad practical opportunities available and the scholarships offered regardless if you are a resident student or not. As an international student those two opportunities are making a great difference in my graduate student experience. Furthermore, I love history and if I want to know more about Americans culture, Philadelphia is the best place. It's rich in history and Dornsife is the number #1 School of Public Health in Philadelphia.

Research Interests: Healthcare Management, Health Insurance

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Akshatha Krishna
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
MPH, Epidemiology

About Akshatha

Why I Chose Dornsife: Dornsife offers a curriculum which allows easy understanding through itss quarter system. Also being one of the most renowned public schools, it offers a wide range of exposure in the health care field.

Research Interests: Cancer Research, Infectious Diseases, Urban Health, Community Health

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Alysha Melnyk
Mohnton, PA
MPH, Global Health

About Alysha

Why I Chose Dornsife: Dornsife offers the school and work balance I was searching for. Since completing my Bachelor of Science in Biology at Susquehanna University in 2014, I have worked for over six years with international medical nonprofit ECRI. I always knew I would go back to school, but I was so passionate about growing my career at ECRI that I needed to find a program that I could complete with a full-time work schedule. Additionally, I was searching for a program that could truly compliment the work I do. Dornsife provides me with that balance, and I am happy I can build my career and gain additional knowledge at school simultaneously. Despite already working in the public health field, I find Dornsife continually offers new resources, varied perspectives and additional knowledge that allows me to grow inside and outside the classroom.

Research Interests: Global Health, Health Policy & Health Care Delivery, Behavioral Science & Health Communication

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Aria Mooney
Dunmore, PA
MPH, Epidemiology

About Aria

Why I Chose Dornsife: Dornsife offered me the ability to take a variety of classes in my areas of interest while also being in a great city with so many opportunities. The Dornsife staff was there for me whenever I needed help, so I knew this was the place for me.

Research Interests: Infectious Diseases, Emergency Preparedness

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Garvita Nagar
Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
MPH, Epidemiology (minor in Biostatistics)

About Garvita

Why I Chose Dornsife: Dornsife stands out by offering one of the best programs that provides a flexible curriculum with the perfect balance between statistical and public health courses. The school has a number of research opportunities to gain experience in my field of interest.

Research Interests: Epidemiological Research on Oncology, Infectious Diseases and Other Viral Infections

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Neeraj Narayan
West Chester, PA
MPH, Epidemiology (online program)

About Neeraj

Why I Chose Dornsife: I loved the opportunities here.

Research Interests: Injury Epidemiology

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Gabby O'Leary
Wynnewood, PA
MPH, Health Management and Policy

About Gabby

Why I Chose Dornsife: I chose Dornsife because of the research opportunities, emphasis on community engagement, and strong connections in the Philadelphia area.

Research Interests: Maternal and Child Health, Urban Health, Health Disparities, Injury Prevention, Policy

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Georgia Pardales
Berkeley Heights, NJ
MPH, Community Health and Prevention

About Georgia

Why I Chose Dornsife: I chose Dornsife because of the faculty, multiple research opportunities and the location!

Research Interests: Health Communication, Chronic Disease, Vaccination

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Mikaela Perez
San Antonio, TX
MPH, Epidemiology

About Mikaela

Why I Chose Dornsife: I love the diversity in Philadelphia. This is a great location to study public health as well as participate in the various research opportunities that Drexel offers such as the Urban Health Collaborative.

Research Interests: Maternal and Child Health, HIV/AIDS, Infectious Disease, Global Health, Reproductive Health, Sexual Health, and Urban Health

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Liam Romond
Wind Gap, PA
MPH, Environmental and Occupational Health (minor in Public Health Emergency Preparedness)

About Liam

Why I Chose Dornsife: I chose Dornsife because of the school's distinguished faculty to learn from and work with, as well as the incredible resources that the school and university offer.

Research Interests: Unintentional Injuries Related to the Built Environment, Occupational Safety, Impacts of Climate Change on Older Populations, Environmental Justice in Rural Communities

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Isabelle Shumate
Hershey, PA
MPH/MBA Dual Degree

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

Other Involvement: Health Management & Policy Club Vice President

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Yosselin Turcios
Alexandria, VA
MPH, Community Health and Prevention

About Yosselin

Why I Chose Dornsife: I chose Dornsife because of its skills-based curriculum, outstanding faculty research, and hands-on public health opportunities.

Research Interests: Latinx/Immigrant Health, Health Disparities and Health Equity, and Maternal and Child Health Among Marginalized Communities

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Nicole Wittmeyer
Wilmington, DE
MPH, Health Management and Policy (minor in Infectious Disease and Population Health)

About Nicole

Why I Chose Dornsife: I chose Dornsife because of the opportunities the program has to offer, the option to declare a minor, and the ability to participate in research and network with professors.

Research Interests: Health Management, Chronic Disease, Infectious Disease, Mental Health, Nutrition

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Yassmen Zaki
Somerset, NJ
MPH, Epidemiology (online program)

About Yassmen

Why I Chose Dornsife: Dornsife has been well-known for being a castle of diversity, providing quality education, and its focus on improving the health of disadvantaged populations and communities.

Research Interests: Maternal and Child Health, Infectious and Chronic Disease, and Health Policy

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Ammar Zaman
Lititz, PA
MPH, Epidemiology

About Ammar

Why I Chose Dornsife: Great opportunities for job placement and tremendous community involvement.

Research Interests: Cardiovascular Health, Environmental Health, Infectious Diseases