Welcome to PHSA

Stephanie Maestri and Monica Bahamon
PHSA Co-Presidents

“Welcome to the Canes family!! We are the current co-presidents of the Public Health Student Association (PHSA), and we’re excited for you to join the MPH program! PHSA provides you with opportunities to teach nutrition classes to high school students, manage health fairs in various communities in South Florida, and to compete with faculty and staff during National Public Health Week.”

Krystal Gopaul

Capstone with CDC’s Central American Office in Guatemala City, Guatemala

“Guatemala is experiencing a concentrated HIV epidemic. Less than 1% of the population is HIV positive whereas 9% of men who have sex with men and 24% of transgendered women are HIV positive. I am assisting with the development and implementation of a study titled “Strengthening the ‘Reach-Test-Treat-Retain’ Cascade for the MSM and TW in Guatemala” to improve the HIV services offered to these high risk groups.”

Andrew Fisher

Intern with the Ebola Preparedness Strengthening Team at WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland

“During my internship I was immediately exposed to incredible experiences that provided me with the opportunity to meet wonderful mentors, attend the World Health Assembly, publish papers, as well as listen to and engage with leaders in various fields. Specifically I worked on an analysis of data collected during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and helped publish a report that was sent all around the world.”

Martin Gutman

Kuvin Foundation MISH (Miami Israel Science and Health) Fellow

“My fellowship is with the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where I worked on a two-part project, both pertaining to Leishmaniasis. I worked in a laboratory setting investigating the relationship between the Leishmania parasite and its related virus, Leishmania RNA Virus. I also compiled information on the scientific breakthroughs in Leishmaniasis research to supplement writing for Dr. Maureen Malowany’s book on the social history of Leishmaniasis.”

Rudolph Phillips

Capstone Program with Clinical Trials Unit on Addiction and Mental Health (UEC), National Institute of Psychiatry in Mexico City, Mexico

“The UEC was created to perform clinical research and community based research to provide more scientifically based evidence on substance abuse, addictions, and mental health in Mexico. I had the opportunity to assist in a research project evaluating inhalant drug abusers with co-occurring psychiatric disorders housed in non-professional, mutual-aid rehabilitation centers. Through this experience I learned about the implementation of scientifically based practices in a real world setting, and the barriers preventing the implementation.”

Amanda Randall

Kuvin Foundation MISH (Miami Israel Science and Health) Fellow

“In partnership with the Hebrew University’s Braun School of Public Health, I am working with the Linda Joy Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Center for Women. My primary project at the Wellness Center is a health communication research project focusing on building a resource for health professionals. I have also been participating in a variety of field areas: a nutrition project in a girls’ elementary school in East Jerusalem, an education botanical garden visit with disabled adults, a visit to a mental health facility in Tel Aviv.”

Jared Cotta

Kuvin Foundation MISH (Miami Israel Science and Health) Fellow

“My fellowship is with the Ministry of Health in the district office in Jerusalem, under the mentorship of its Director, a senior public health professional who carries responsibilities for a very large, diverse, and complex health district. I have attended two conferences and meetings at the Israeli parliament. Additionally I have been working on an article on vaccine hesitancy in Israel, for publication.”

Ioannis Angelidis, MD, MSPH

First-year Resident in General Surgery at Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola Medical Center

“Being a medical graduate from Greece myself, I pursued a MSPH to broaden my quantitative skills which would eventually lead to a more individualized freedom of analyzing data. My thesis was on health disparities, and more specifically on the effect of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status on the surgery delay in Floridian female patients. The MSPH was not only about research, it also involved getting a public health perspective by understanding how medicine is practiced on many levels.”

Lucy Bloise, MPH

Project Officer with NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control

“I completed my MPH in two years while working full-time as a Research Coordinator in the Department of Pediatrics at UM. As a result of my growing interest in reducing HIV-related health disparities, I did my Capstone with the CDC- Central American Region, working on an STI/HIV surveillance, prevention, and control strategy within the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health. I created culturally-specific didactic videos in Spanish to increase STI/HIV awareness and promote condom use in vulnerable populations with low-literacy.”

Daphney Dorcius, MPH

First-year medical student at Florida International University

“I started my journey as a future public health professional with the ultimate goal of becoming a physician. As a MPH student I worked for Dr. Willy Prado and the Familias Unidas team, and was exposed to the field of research. Additionally, I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Erin Kobetz and the Jay Weiss Institute for Health Equity and complete my capstone field experience as a Clinical Research Coordinator.”

Henry Olano, MPH

Mount Sinai International Exchange Program for Minority Students, Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit of the Hospital Clinico Universitario Virgen de la Arrixaca in Murcia, Spain

“While in the MPH program at UM, I developed a keen interest in environmental health and epidemiology, and dreamed of working in a global context. As part of the Mount Sinai International Exchange Program for Minority Students, I am working as a clinical researcher in the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit of the Hospital Clinico Universitario Virgen de la Arrixaca in Murcia, Spain.”

Abdullah Alqahtani, MD, MPH

“Doing my Master of Public Health at UM was a very rewarding experience, as was living in the city of Miami. My favorite part of the program was the Capstone Project, because it was the time to utilize and implement what I have learned into real life. My project resulted in a final paper about the disparities of hypertension management in stroke patients across the state of Florida and Puerto Rico.”