Ayah Hamdan

Ayah is a student in the SM Epidemiology program, on the Reproductive, Perinatal and Pediatric Health track. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and a proud product of the California community college system. Ayah is interested in the intersection between technology and health, and how it can be applied to maternal health in refugee communities.  

In the summer of 2019, Ayah served as a Harvard MIRT research fellow in Ethiopia writing a manuscript on the attitudes of adolescent women regarding early marriage. She is the Public Health Project Manager for the Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project, for which she is constructing a report that guides Bay Area health efforts in addressing Islamophobia within the clinical setting.  

Ayah was born and raised in California’s Bay Area, where you need a sweatshirt to go to the beach and everyone uses the word “hella” in excess. She takes pride in her identities as a Palestinian, Muslim, woman, daughter of immigrants, and first-generation college student. Ayah is always happy to talk about nature, intersectionality, Beyoncé, river sports, and the best donut shops in Boston.