In our video series “Why Public Health?” we ask Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health students and alumni to talk about what drew them to the field.
- Darrell Gray, II, MD, MPH ’14, is passionate about reducing colorectal cancer in vulnerable populations and using tele-health to extend care to underserved neighborhoods. He is now an assistant professor of medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
- María Portela Martínez, MD, MPH ’14, and a Mongan Commonwealth Minority Health Policy Fellow, is working to improve access and quality of care to undocumented immigrants and other vulnerable groups. She now works at Health Resources Services Administration as the Branch Chief of Medical Training and Geriatrics within the Bureau of Health Workforce.
- Mary Mwanyika Sando, MD, MPH ’13, works in maternal and child health in Tanzania and hopes that one day, being pregnant in a developing country is not a risk but a “celebration of good health outcomes for both the woman and her child.” She is now the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Africa Academy for Public Health.
- Jim Kennedye, MD, MPH ’12, is an emergency room physician who works with local public health officials in his home state of Oklahoma.
- Will Perry, MPH’ 12, is a New Zealand-based surgeon with an ambition to improve patient safety in the field of surgery.
Student and Alumni Profiles
- Michael Gilbert, MPH ’15, reveals why he chose to attend Harvard Chan, partially due to his interest in innovative health technologies, and shares his involvement in an array of projects while a student, including one with epidemiological analytics firm Epidemico where he now works as a project manager: student profile
- Kai Hsiao, MPH ’15, hopes to build a more resilient Nepal in the aftermath of the recent devastating earthquake there: student profile
- Dervilla McCann, MPH ’15, is a cardiologist with more than 25 years of experience from Maine who is excited about the potential of the Affordable Care Act to improve care: student profile
- Lan Nguyen, MPH ’15, is working to improve the health of vulnerable groups in Vietnam, including people living with HIV/AIDs and people struggling with drug addiction: student profile
- Anubhav Agarwal, MPH ’14, and Arunika Agarwal, MPH ’14, share more than a marriage; they share a deep commitment to improving health care and health for the poor, around the world and in their native India: joint student profile
- Rebecca Hope, MPH ’14, a British-trained pediatrician, is passionate about improving the health of adolescents around the world: student profile
- Surgeon Meera Kotagal, MD ’09, MPH ’14, follows in her parents’ footsteps: student profile
- Imran Mahmud, MPH ’14, discusses his experiences as a Harvard Chan student, including his goals of attaining more leadership and innovation skills through involvement with professors and Harvard Innovation Lab (iLab): student profile
- Monica Bharel, MPH ’12, has spent her career caring for some of the most vulnerable among us, including many years of work at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. She was recently appointed Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health: alumna profile