Epi Student Highlights

The Department of Epidemiology is proud of the dynamic group of talented students within our department’s community. Take a look at a few of the student highlights showcasing these innovative young professionals.


Sarah MacDonald
Sarah MacDonald





In late April Sarah MacDonald attended the American Academy of Neurology’s Annual Meeting in Washington DC. The purpose of the trip was to give a platform presentation of her thesis work with Dr. Sonia Hernandez-Diaz. The work examines the risk of adverse outcomes during the hospital delivery admission in pregnant women with epilepsy across the United States. Sarah’s thesis work found that women with epilepsy were at a higher risk for a variety of adverse outcomes including maternal mortality. While at the annual meeting in DC she also gave print and video interviews for the website ‘Neurology Advisor’.  Moving forward, Sarah will be entering the doctoral program at Harvard Chan and has just received a 3-year scholarship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Mosepele Mosepele
Dr. Mosepele Mosepele
Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health’s Harvard AIDS Initiative (HAI) profiles this outstanding doctor from Botswana. Growing up in the height of the devastating AIDS epidemic in Botswana, Mosepele was motivated to take the steps necessary to become a public health professional and provide relief and support to those in need in his community. Mosepele is now an established doctor and researcher with the Harvard AIDS Initiative and he is working towards his Masters in Clinical Epidemiology at the Harvard Chan School.

Nadia Abuelezam
Nadia-Abuelezam Carousel

Learn more about the way Nadia plans to use her skills in mathematics in collaboration with a passion for education to tackle issues in public health.  Abuelezam, who studied both pure and applied mathematics during her undergraduate years at Harvey Mudd College in California, graduated from the Harvard Chan School in May with a doctor of science in epidemiology. Read about how she became inspired to use her mathematical expertise to make important research advances in public health through this featured HSPH News report.

Corey Peak
Corey Peak and Kelsey Gleason, HSPH students, in the HSPH Quad
MIDAS funded Master’s student, Corey Peak, traveled as part of a Harvard Chan School cohort to Burmese refugee camp.  In an recent HSPH News article, the story is shared about 8 HSPH students, including Peak, who traveled to the camp to take a course with refugee students at Umpiem Mai’s Public Health Institute (PHI). The course was offered by the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard through the Department of Global Health and Population at HSPH. PHI, started by Community Partners International, a non-governmental organization (NGO), in collaboration with the Karen Department of Health and Welfare (KDHW), provides students from the camp with undergraduate-level general studies, some clinical work, and a year of focused training in public health.   The goal of this program is to strengthen the local public health workforce in the area.  Read the full article here.


  • To learn about additional exciting student news, you may find it in our department’s quarterly newsletter, EpiCenter.  All editions of EpiCenter may be found on our news webpage.
  • For more Student Highlights from the area of Cancer Epidemiology and Cancer Prevention, visit their webpage!