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Why FSPH & Student Perspectives

Founded in 1961, the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health aims to build health and equity, and to drive positive change for all people. We act on this mission through initiatives in three core areas: education, discovery and service. In each of these realms, we affirm our commitment to developing leaders and evidence-based solutions, and to working in partnership with communities to promote health and well-being in ways that are innovative, respectful and inclusive.


The UCLA Fielding School of Public Health is home to one of the brightest and most diverse public health student bodies in the United States, with students hailing from 25 countries. The Fielding School of Public Health has five academic departments - BiostatisticsCommunity Health SciencesEnvironmental Health SciencesEpidemiology and Health Policy and Management - and offers three degree types: MPH, MS and PhD. Additionally, concurrent and articulated degrees and certificates enable students to gain specialized knowledge in areas such as global health, population and reproductive health, environmental health, and health care management and leadership. Our students also have access to a wide range of local and global hands-on training opportunities that provide the skills needed to move public health evidence to action. 


Fielding School faculty are leading efforts that improve people’s lives in Los Angeles and around the world. From preventing millions of HIV infections, improving response to Ebola and boosting HPV vaccine uptake to establishing healthy lifestyle choices, addressing cancer care and protecting people from food and occupational hazards, Fielding School faculty work on the front lines of change. The school's research centers lead innovative efforts in environmental genomics, health policy, global infectious diseases, human nutrition, global and immigrant health, health equity, global social policy, population and reproductive health, and more. The school also has 19 Memoranda of Understanding with institutions in countries that include Cambodia, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Germany, Mexico and the Philippines. And multidisciplinary collaboration is encouraged and enhanced by the Fielding School's presence on UCLA’s unified campus — the schools of medicine, law, nursing, business, dentistry, engineering and more are all located on the Westwood campus of UCLA, recently named the No. 1 public university in the United States. Additionally, UCLA has been named No. 17 among all universities worldwide according to the 2020 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.


Los Angeles is a unique setting to address public health challenges confronting our global community. L.A. County has the largest population of any county in the United States and is one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. Its nearly 10 million residents represent more than 140 cultures and speak an estimated 224 languages. With an average of 292 sunny days per year and UCLA’s location five miles from world-famous Santa Monica beach, which includes access to a 22-mile-long path for bicycling, skating, jogging and walking, L.A. has much to offer in the way of a healthy and happy lifestyle. Home to the largest city park in the country, countless hiking trails and some of the nation’s best museums, music and farmers markets, Los Angeles is internationally recognized as one of the most livable cities in the world.

Dr. Ron Brookmeyer serves as dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health which is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. To obtain copies of the Fielding School's most recent self-study and/or accreditation report, please email Yifang Zhu, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, at

For a PDF of information about the Fielding School, please see our Fielding School Fact Sheet.



Working with several FSPH departments and units including the Central Student Affairs Office, Career and Professional Development and Development and Alumni Affairs, FSPH Ambassadors have a thorough understanding of the qualities of our school. Read more about the ambassadors’ specialty areas, and why they chose FSPH:


Henar Abdelmonem (she, her, hers) | MPH Candidate, Community Health Sciences 
FSPH Ambassador Co-Coordinator

Henar is a second-year graduate student in the Community Health Sciences department. She received her bachelor’s degree in Human Biology and Society from UCLA in 2017. While at UCLA, she interned at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, working on the Healthy Aging Partnerships in Prevention Initiative (HAPPI) Project, where she helped evaluate programs aimed to improve healthcare access among African- and Latin-American communities throughout South East Los Angeles. She then worked at Kaiser Permanente, where she developed the “Project Pocketalker” campaign, dedicated to promoting awareness of a hearing assistance device in improving physician-patient relationships among hearing-impaired populations. During her summer fieldwork, Henar interned at the Semel Institute – Division of Population Behavioral Health as a Curriculum Developer, creating trauma and resilience informed care trainings for LA County community organizations. As an FSPH Ambassador Coordinator, Henar hopes to improve student health and well-being through integrating her public health training and her previous work experience in trauma-informed care, to create a more trauma-sensitive environment.

Top 5 Strengths: Relator, Discipline, Activator, Connectedness, Positivity


Victoria Lloyd (she, her, hers) | MPH Candidate, Community Health Sciences & MSW Candidate, Child and Family Well-Being
FSPH Ambassador Co-Coordinator

Victoria is a third-year graduate student pursuing her MPH in Community Health Sciences and MSW in Child and Family Well-Being at UCLA. Her previous experience includes service with Teach for America, where she taught 4th and 5th grade bilingual classrooms. She received a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Spanish and a minor in Public Health from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s degree in Education from Southern Methodist University. As a UCLA Population Health Advocacy Fellow, she worked with The L.A. Trust for Children's Health and served as a Champions for Change Health Educator, supported the implementation of LAUSD’s Blueprint for Wellness, and organized legislative visits with L.A. County congress members concerning School-Based Health and Title X Funding. As part of her MSW program, she interned as a School Social Worker at Lennox YouthBuild Charter School. She currently works at the Nathanson Family Resilience Center for the Strategies for Enhancing Early Developmental Success Program, a six-week Early Childhood Trauma-Informed Care professional development program for early childhood professionals. As an FSPH Ambassador Coordinator, Victoria hopes to help create a safe and brave learning environment where those around her feel supported and valued as leaders and community builders at FSPH.

Top 5 Strengths: Restorative, Relator, Intellection, Responsibility, Input


Joseph Zoller (he, him, his) | PhD Candidate, Biostatistics

Joseph is a second-year graduate student pursuing a PhD in Biostatistics. Prior to attending UCLA, he received a bachelor's and a master's degree in Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University and decided to use his background to pursue an applied field at the crossroads of public health and math. This past school year, Joseph was a TA for Biostats 100A, 100B, and PH 495. As a TA, he took initiative by using his experience as an EXCEL leader at CMU to facilitate collaborative learning amongst his students. During his time as a TA for PH 495, Joseph worked with Dr. Liz Yzquierdo to make sure collaborative learning was a part of the curriculum, so that future TAs would have the tools to promote active learning in their students. In his second year, Joseph is assisting Dr. Steve Horvath in his research on building epigenetic clocks to predict age in various mammalian species. As an FSPH ambassador, he hopes to bridge the gap between Biostatistics and the other departments, both inside and outside the classroom.

Top 5 Strengths: Harmony, Relator, Maximizer, Consistency, Learner


Sarah Homsy (she, her, hers) | MPH Candidate, Community Health Sciences & MSW Candidate

Sarah is a second-year graduate student pursuing her MSW and MPH in Community Health Sciences. For her MPH summer fieldwork, Sarah interned at the Jenesse Center, a domestic violence nonprofit in South Los Angeles. During her internship, Sarah created a 72-page comprehensive Health Resource Guide for Jenesse Center clients. In addition, she formatted and finalized the nonprofit’s Standard Operating Procedures Manual, in an effort to help streamline procedures for clients and staff. Sarah will be starting her MSW program this fall and is currently interning with the UCLA Dean of Students’ Office as a Case Manager for undergraduate students in crisis. In her role as an FSPH Ambassador, Sarah aims to help cultivate a more inclusive school atmosphere, foster connections between those pursuing dual-degrees, and provide support for fellow students served by the Center for Accessible Education.


Top 5 Strengths: Input, Empathy, Adaptability, Intellection, Context


Sally Ngo (she, her, hers) | MPH Candidate, Community Health Sciences, Child and Family Health Specialization

Sally is a second-year graduate student in the Community Health Sciences Department. For her MPH fieldwork, Sally was a Prevention Specialist at the Koreatown Youth and Community Center with the Prevention Education Department during the summer. Sally worked collaboratively on various projects where she was able to bring her public health training to reduce underage drinking and marijuana use among youth in Koreatown, Pico-Union, and Westlake areas using an environmental and multi-faceted approach. Projects that Sally worked on include policy advocacy, coalition work, a drug and alcohol education curriculum for youth, health communication materials, community engagement, policy analysis, and a leadership and civic engagement curriculum. Sally is also a Transformational Fellow with the Child and Family Health Leadership Training Program through the UCLA Center For Healthier Children, Families, and Communities. As a Transformation Fellow, Sally works with other fellows on the All Children Thrive Initiative (ACT). She is an ACT representative for the City of Long Beach and assisted in creating a community and resident inclusion plan with the Long Beach Department of Public Health. In her final year of graduate school, Sally is continuing her fellowship with the Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities to continue to improve the health and wellbeing of children and their communities. She is also serving as Vice President for Students of Color for Public Health to increase student voice and representation, especially people of color and minorities within UCLA and the public health field. As an FSPH Ambassador, she hopes to help encourage professional and personal growth, and help foster an inclusive and empathetic environment for students, faculty and staff, and the larger UCLA community.

Top 5 Strengths: Empathy, Developer, Responsibility, Relator, Harmony


Anna Peare (she, her, hers) | MPH Candidate, Community Health Sciences

Anna is a second-year graduate student pursuing an MPH in Community Health Sciences with concentrations in health policy and maternal and child health. Anna interned at the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) in Washington D.C. for her MPH fieldwork project this past summer. During her time at MCHB, Anna worked on federal grant evaluations for maternal and child health programs focused on children with special healthcare needs, pediatric mental health care, and collaborative networks addressing emerging public health issues. During her first year at Fielding, Anna was a LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and other related Disabilities) trainee where she participated in didactics pertaining to neurodevelopmental disabilities and conducted a needs assessment at FSPH to evaluate the incorporation of disability studies and advocacy into public health curriculum. Anna is also a student leader on the Immigrant Youth Task Force (IYTF) at UCLA. As an FSPH Ambassador, she hopes to help foster an inclusive and collaborative environment for all students at UCLA.

Top 5 Strengths: Includer, Positivity, Empathy, Maximizer, Relator


Zarreen Amin (she, her, hers) | MPH Candidate, Environmental Health Sciences, Industrial Hygiene Track

Zarreen is a second-year graduate student pursuing her MPH degree in Environmental Health Sciences, specializing in Industrial Hygiene. For her summer internship, she had the opportunity to work with Liberty Mutual Insurance as a Risk Control Consultant where she went to various businesses and aided in analyzing potential risks as well as performing industrial hygiene sampling services. Her summer project included task based loss analysis for a large Fortune 100 company where she presented her findings and made suggestions to the corporate group. This past school year, she worked closely with FSPH’s Career and Professional Development Office to put together an Elevator Speech Workshop so her fellow EHS cohort could prepare for the Environmental Health Sciences Student Association’s (EHSSA) yearly Speed Mentoring Event and aid in professional development. In her final year of graduate school, Zarreen will be a teaching assistant for the new PH 200 course, co-president of EHSSA, and president of the Industrial Hygiene Student Association (IHSA). She aims to utilize these positions to foster professional and interpersonal interactions between both the first and second years within the EHS department. As an FSPH Ambassador, she hopes to promote interdepartmental interactions, whether it be personal or professional, in order to encourage diversity, empathy, and inclusivity as future public health professionals.

Top 5 Strengths: Restorative, Responsibility, Harmony, Positivity, Communication


Tamar Galindo (she, her, hers) | MPH Candidate, Environmental Health Sciences

Tamar is a second-year graduate student pursuing an MPH in Environmental Health Sciences. She received a B.S. in Public Health from Cal State LA. Prior to starting at FSPH, she was an AmeriCorps Health Fellow serving as a Patient Navigator at a community clinic in South Central Los Angeles. Tamar is currently completing her fieldwork project as a Population Health Advocacy Fellow at a non-profit organization in Los Angeles called BREATHE CA of Los Angeles County. Her work is centered on local, state, and national policy relating to environmental health. This academic year, Tamar will be the Environmental Social Justice Chair for the Environmental Health Sciences Student Association (EHSSA). In this role, she aims to shed light on the environmental justice issues disproportionately affecting communities of color around Los Angeles. As an FSPH ambassador, she hopes to be an avenue for current and incoming students of color and underserved communities to bring their lived experiences (including her own) into this space of academia.

Top 5 Strengths: Relator, Developer, Arranger, Learner, Includer


Shichen Zheng (she, her, hers) | MPH Candidate, Epidemiology

Shichen is a second-year MPH student in Epidemiology. She received her bachelor’s degree in Health Policy Management from Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine. As an international student, she is interested in Global Health and Chronic Disease Epidemiology. During her graduate program at UCLA, she made a proposal about smoking and made recommendations to reduce lung cancer diseases in China. In her internship, working as an epidemiology intern for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health this past summer, she helped contribute to the 2018 – 2019 Flu Outreach Campaign report and Community Heat Preparedness as a data analyst. Before entering UCLA, she worked as a research assistant and focused on obesity prevalence in China. In her spare time, she is an amateur violinist and is a big fan of classical music. She loves to share and promote classical music, and her fan page of classical music on social media has reached 2,000 followers. As an FSPH ambassador, she understands the difficulties international students face who are living far away from their own country, speaking a second language, and struggling to get used to a new environment. She hopes to create a great connection between international students and help them to have a better study and living environment.

Top 5 Strengths: Developer, Harmony, Adaptability, Maximizer, Positivity


Sebastian Ramirez (he, him, his) | MPH Candidate, Health Policy and Management, Management Track

Sebastian is a second-year graduate student pursuing a MPH in Health Policy and Management. During his first year as an MPH student, he was involved in a few different roles. In collaboration with FSPH’s Career and Professional Development Office, he launched a professional development series that focused on cultural competency and diversity training for students, faculty, and staff. As FSPH’s Assistant Director to the Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), he organized FSPH community events and promoted awareness of EDI issues in the school. As a member of the Public Health Student Association, he, along with his wonderful team in the Survey Subcommittee, created the 2019 Public Health Student Experience Survey to assess FSPH student experience and school climate, and analyzed the data to inform FSPH initiatives. This past summer for his field studies experience, he interned at the UCLA Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center in Clinical Operations. During his internship, he supported administration in various projects by collecting and analyzing operational data to improve organizational efficiency, staff experience, and patient experience. This coming year as an FSPH Ambassador, Sebastian hopes to continue his professional development series so that students, faculty, and staff may be as prepared as possible for a dynamic and multicultural workforce, as well as improve the sense of community and collaboration at FSPH by connecting individuals and building bridges between various stakeholders.

Top 5 Strengths: Achiever, Includer, Communication, Discipline, Responsibility


Kamila Tan (she, her, hers) | MPH Candidate, Health Policy and Management, Management Track

Kamila is a second-year graduate student pursuing an MPH in Health Policy & Management. In summer 2018, Kamila interned at the Institute for Human Caring, under Providence St. Joseph Health. Kamila’s work at the Institute was focused on patient experience through storytelling initiatives via the Hear Me Now project, in which patients were able to record their stories about their healthcare experience or a general life experience in order to feel seen, heard, loved, and preserve a legacy. Kamila competed on the NCAA Beach Volleyball team during her time as an undergraduate student at UCLA, and has competed professionally in beach volleyball during summer 2019. During her time as an undergraduate at UCLA, Kamila developed an eating disorder that plagued her for years. Upon pursuing recovery and rekindling a healthy relationship with the sport of beach volleyball, she strives to share her experience of living with her eating disorder and her victory in recovery. She is passionate about helping others who are struggling, and combating the negative stigma associated with eating disorders and other mental health issues. Kamila’s current project focuses on building educational materials for coaches, athletes, and athletic administration on the subject of eating disorders, how to properly address them, and creating safe spaces and community for athletes struggling with mental health issues. As an FSPH Ambassador, Kamila hopes to create safe-spaces for discussion and foster healthy and inclusive communities within FSPH, so that students, faculty, and relevant stakeholders can continue to connect and understand each other more deeply.

Top 5 Strengths: Empathy, Developer, Positivity, Adaptability, Includer