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Cindy is a second-year pursuing a MPH in Epidemiology with a certificate in Global Health. She received her BA in Biology and Spanish from the University of Virginia. Her academic and professional interests include emerging infectious diseases and the impact of disease on national and international security. She just returned from summer fieldwork in Dhaka, Bangladesh conducting research on avian influenza surveillance systems. Prior to starting at UCLA, Cindy worked in Washington, D.C. at a homeland security and emergency management consulting firm researching emerging trends in national health security. As a former member of the Women’s Club Soccer team at UVA, Cindy loves playing soccer, running, and being outside. Hiking and trying the awesome food in LA are some of her favorite things to do since moving to LA.
Why FSPH? “I chose Fielding because of the emphasis their MPH program puts on gaining professional experience in the field. The proximity to the LA County Department of Public Health also gives Fielding students a lot of unique opportunities to do real-world public health work and to connect to professors who also hold positions at the County.”
Eesha is a second-year graduate student in Health Policy and Management. She received her BA in Psychology from Whittier College. During her studies abroad in Vienna, she observed refugees fleeing the Syrian Civil War. This experience sparked her interest in global and public health, specifically among refugee and underserved populations. Prior to starting at UCLA, Eesha worked in Bangkok, Thailand as an interpreter for asylum seekers and displaced persons, and worked in administration for a mental health non-profit serving system-youth and their families. Currently, Eesha works as an intern at the Providence Institute for Human Caring, focusing on implementation initiatives, collaborating with medical staff and providers to integrate advance care planning into their workflows. On the side, Eesha is an avid foodie and spends her time exploring the plethora of foods that the diverse LA region offers.
Why FSPH “I decided on FSPH because during my visit to the school, and specifically the HPM department, I felt the support the students and faculty provided, as well as, the potential to grow as a professional through all the resources and connections that the department had!”
Chiao-Wen received her BS in Molecular Environmental Biology and BA in Comparative Literature from University of California, Berkeley and her MPH from Brown University. She is a fourth-year in Community Health Sciences. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Internal Affairs at the UCLA Graduate Student Association and contributed to the 3-year strategic plan of the Graduate Student Resource Center. She has been involved in the student-run Mobile Clinic Project at UCLA, where she provides social services to the homeless and underserved populations within the Greater Los Angeles area. Currently, Chiao-Wen works as a Graduate Student Researcher to improve quality of life among families affected by HIV/AIDS and people who misuse drugs in resource-limited settings. On the side, Chiao-Wen is a dancer/choreographer, who recently wrote and directed a stage play at UCLA Freud Playhouse and spends her time outside of school participating in stage productions.
Why FSPH? “UCLA FSPH is the perfect fit for me because it's a great place to foster interdisciplinary work and offers a unique opportunity that allows me to combine my passions for arts and public health, while providing a diverse and supportive environment.”
Anna-Michelle Marie McSorley is a second-year student in the Department of Community Health Sciences and a recipient of the Graduate Division Graduate Opportunities Fellowship, the Eugene and Sallyann Fama Public Health Fellowship, and the Public Health Training Program on Population Health Advocacy Fellowship. In 2012, Anna-Michelle received her BA in Psychology from San Diego State University. In 2013, she joined the David Geffen School of Medicine as a Research Manager and was responsible for the coordination of several federally-funded randomized control trials aimed at reducing inequities in transplant access and education for racial/ethnic minority and low-income patients. Currently, Anna-Michelle serves as President of the Community Health Sciences Student Association and is a Teaching Assistant. Additionally, as a Public Health Advocacy Fellow, Anna-Michelle is contributing to state-wide policy advocacy efforts at California Latinas for Reproductive Justice in Downtown, Los Angeles.
Why FSPH? “As a former UCLA employee, I constantly attended all kinds of wonderful on-campus activities, including the many talks and lunch time seminars held throughout the year. Over and over again, I kept finding myself at events held at the Fielding School of Public Health - to me, it was clearly a sign that FSPH was meant to be my academic home.”
Kit is in her third and final year of the dual-degree program in Social Work and Public Health in Community Health Sciences. Hailing from the Bay Area, Kit received her BS in Child Studies at Santa Clara University in 2015. She is focusing her studies on maternal child health and early childhood psychosocial development. Her research experience includes developing, implementing, and evaluating interventions for young children to increase adulthood resilience. Currently, she is a clinical social work intern at Providence St. John’s Child and Family Development Center, where she implements evidence-based mental health treatments among young children from low-income families with behavioral and psychological challenges. Kit loves hiking, kayaking, paddle-boarding, and camping.
Why FSPH?“I chose FSPH because they offer, encourage, and value interdisciplinary education and research. FSPH provides abundant opportunities to learn from and alongside real-world professionals within and outside the field of public health.”
Veronica is a second-year student in Health Policy and Management. She is interested in how policy relating to economic security and the built environment impacts community health. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with minors in Chicana/o Studies, Public Policy, and Education at UCLA. Upon graduating, she joined AmeriCorps at AltaMed Health Services where she served as an ACA outreach and enrollment coordinator for two years. In this capacity, she witnessed the profound impact the ACA had on the communities she served, cementing her desire to bring about positive change through policy. She then worked as the program coordinator for Choose Health LA Kids–AltaMed in Southeast Los Angeles, where she mobilized community members to reduce childhood obesity through parent engagement and food advocacy. She most recently served as a summer associate at The Greenlining Institute where she researched nonprofit hospital investments in preventative health.
Why FSPH? “I was drawn to the various opportunities available at UCLA, from research, to policy and community level work. FSPH places a high value on hands on experience, on learning outside the classroom and developing practical skills, something I was specifically looking for in a program.”
Kyra is a second-year in the dual-degree program in Social Work and Public Health in Community Health Sciences. She received her B.A. in Psychology and English from UCLA. Prior to starting the UCLA graduate program, Kyra provided social services support to the Los Angeles reentry and diversion population as a Case Manager for Project 180; in the same year, Kyra was selected as a Real Change Fellow for RESULTS, an organization committed to ending poverty. As a current Population Health Advocacy Fellow, Kyra is working with the Urban Peace Institute to strategize and implement violence prevention and intervention programs. As a side passion, Kyra enjoys creative writing and performance, as a poet and playwright whose work has been featured at UCLA’s Night of Cultura and the Playwright’s Nest Fest at the Los Angeles Theater Center.
Why FSPH? “My choice to come to UCLA for graduate school is rooted in many factors, the most prominent of which are 1) the proximity and involvement this program allows me to have with my Los Angeles community, and 2) my desire to acquire a knowledge base and skill set within the joint MSW/MPH degree program.”
Margaret is a second-year student pursuing a MPH in Environmental Health Sciences with a certificate in Leaders in Sustainability. In 2015, she received her B.S. in Environmental Toxicology and minor in Human Physiology from the University of California, Davis. Before attending UCLA, Margaret was an intern with the California EPAs Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, focusing on areas of California facing the highest pollution burden. Her academic and professional interests include adverse health effects of air pollution, specifically near-roadway exposure, on human health, and health effects of cumulative exposures. She recently completed her internship at Intrinsik, an environmental consulting firm, where she learned how to perform air dispersion modeling, and write a subsequent Health Risk Assessment. Currently, Margaret serves as the Career Development and Alumni Chair of the Environmental Health Sciences Student Association and is a Teaching Assistant in the UCLA Department of Life Sciences. She hopes to pursue her Doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering. Outside of UCLA, Margaret enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing sports, hiking, cooking, and most of all, exploring all the amazing food that Los Angeles has to offer.
“UCLA is centrally located to real-life Public Health issues, and provides the tools and resources to overcome some of the toughest issues in the community. Los Angeles County faces some of the worst pollution burden in the country, and UCLA is on the forefront of working to solve these challenges.”
Ms. Mak is a PhD candidate in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Her research explores vulnerable populations' access to, use of, and experiences with digital technologies for health-related activities. Ms. Mak currently works with the Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and has also collaborated on research examining the impact of the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) initiative on clinician and staff experiences at VA primary care and women's health clinics. She is a member of AcademyHealth's Education Council, co-Director of Graduate Events for UCLA Graduate Student Association, and one of FSPH's Student Ambassadors. Ms. Mak has a BA in political science from UCLA and a MPH from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.
“FSPH is an ideal place for people who enjoy asking "why" and figuring out "how". It is very likely someone else at FSPH, or within the wider UCLA community, is interested in a similar question and would be willing to find out together. There are numerous opportunities to conduct inter, intra, cross, multi, and trans - disciplinary research.”
Soe Min is a second-year pursuing a MS in Epidemiology. After receiving his BS in Medicine at the Institute of Medicine, Yangon, Soe Min worked as a medical officer with the Myanmar Department of Health and was an attending doctor at the District Hospital. Soe Min also volunteered in the rescue and resettlement process after Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar in 2008. After getting his MPH degree from the University of Public Health, Yangon, Soe Min worked in Public Health as government staff focusing on nutrition, polio eradication, non-communicable diseases, and future health professional training. He is currently the Deputy Director of Nutrition under the Department of Public Health, Myanmar. He is a UCLA / Forgaty AIDS International Research Training Program Trainee, where health professionals from developing countries collaborate on multidisciplinary research for prevention of HIV infection, transmission and disease progression, and effective clinical management of HIV-infected individuals. Soe Min lives in University Village with his three children.
"There is a shortage of public health professionals in my home country, Myanmar, so I decided to add public health skills to my profession. One of my honorable mentors is a smart FSPH alum who inspired me to continue my studies at UCLA FSPH. I decided on UCLA FSPH because it is not only a highly prestigious university, but also the Epidemiology department offers the Fogarty AIDS International Research Training Program.”