We invite prospective MPH students to contact our MPH student ambassadors directly to learn more about their firsthand experiences as students in our program. The students below are all available to correspond with and will be happy to answer your questions about the program from their perspective as enrolled students. Please use the email addresses found below to contact the student ambassadors directly!
Please note that questions about admissions or the application process should not be directed to the student ambassadors, but to the NYU GPH Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MPH Student Ambassador
Concentration: Public Health Policy and Management
Concentration: Global Health
Concentration: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Erick Ballestros - Public Health Policy and Management
Erick is a second-year student in the Public Health Policy and Management concentration, with a focus in Management. He was born in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico and was raised in San Bernardino, California. Prior to pursuing his Master of Public Health degree, Erick attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he found his passion for public health and earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology, with a minor in Public Health.
Erick currently works at the Mount Sinai Health System as a Supply Chain Analyst, where he supports the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Management and Corporate Directors through data analytics, best practice and process development, and project management work to optimize medical product utilization and reduce system wide costs. To achieve these goals, he closely collaborates with internal and external stakeholders, medical suppliers and vendors, and hospital clinicians. Erick is also the President of NYU’s Healthcare Consulting Organization (HCO) – a student-led organization dedicated to the professional development and relationship building of our members through informational panels, speaker events, and networking opportunities with industry professionals.
In his spare time, he enjoys weightlifting, exploring the city, and trying new foods.
Current Courses: Applied Practice Experience Seminar, Strategic Management and Leadership, Microeconomics, Global Environmental Health
Schools attended: University of California, Los Angeles (2012-2017)
Work Experience: Mount Sinai Health System, The ALS Association – Greater New York, Kaiser Permanente
Career plan: Erick would love to gain more experience in hospital administration and is interested in enhancing the quality of life of vulnerable populations through continuous quality improvement and increased access to critical and affordable healthcare services.
Yeerae Kim - Biostatistics
Yeerae Kim is as second-year MPH student in the Biostatistics concentration. She was born and raised in Seoul, Korea but spent most of her adolescent years in India, Prague and the US. She graduated from University of Southern California with double major in biology and international relations and her interest is in using and analyzing health data in the field of global health. She is also interested in non-communicable diseases, particularly cancer.
Prior to coming to NYU, she worked as a research assistant at the National Cancer Center in Korea and published a paper on the relationship between diabetic patients with hepatitis B, hepatitis C infections and liver cancer. She also worked at the National Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service in Korea as a project coordinator between Korea and the Kingdom of Bahrain. For her applied practice experience, she worked as a Health Systems Strengthening section intern at UNICEF Headquarter in NYC. Currently, she is a course assistant for an undergraduate course, Biostatistics for Public Health.
Fall 2019 classes: Regression II: Categorical Data Analysis, Global Issues in Social and Behavioral Health, Health Care Policy, Public Health Management & Leadership, Thesis I: Practice & integrative Learning Experiences, Practicum in Applied Statistics.
Schools attended: University of Southern California, Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences and International Relations
Career plan: Yeerae hopes to pursue a career that combines her skills in epidemiology and biostatistics either related to global health or non-communicable diseases. She is also looking into pursuing a PhD program in near future.
Adwoa Nantwi - Epidemiology
Adwoa Nantwi is a second-year student in the Epidemiology concentration. She was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up in Williamstown, New Jersey. In 2018, she graduated from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and minor in Public Health. While at TCNJ, she served as a peer educator for the Health and Wellness department and as an intern at Kidsbridge Diversity and Tolerance Center. During her first year, Adwoa worked as a research assistant for the NYU SEARCH lab, which focused on various interventions for stroke risk management and prevention.
She currently works at New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, where she studies the effects of maternal environmental exposures on infant/child growth and development. She also serves as the treasurer of NYU’s Black Women’s Health Collective (BWHC), which aims to spread awareness about the health experiences of black women and girls. Besides her public health interests, Adwoa works as a site manager and interventionist for Practice Makes Perfect, where she tutors and provides workshops to middle school children at partnering schools across NYC. She is also a resident fellow for the International House NYC, where she fosters community engagement among the residents.
In her free time, Adwoa enjoys exploring concerts across the city and going to open-mic poetry events.
Schools attended: The College of New Jersey, Bachelor of Science in Biology, Minor in Public Health
Work Experience: New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, Practice Makes Perfect, Kidsbridge Diversity and Tolerance Center, Capital Health Hospital (Hopewell)
Current Courses: Epidemiological Methods and Design, Thesis I, Regression II: Categorical Data Analysis, & Psychometric Measurements and Analysis
Career Plan: Adwoa plans to continue a career in epidemiological research, specifically focusing on health disparities in reproductive, maternal, child, and adolescent health.
Niveditha Narasimhan - Global Health
Niveditha Narasimhan is a second year MPH student in the Global Health concentration at NYU GPH. She lived and grew up in 4 countries, and graduated with her B.S. in Biological Sciences from UC San Diego in 2016. Her interests in Health & Disease, Community Engagement, and Service, developed into a passion for Global Health and Welfare. A Masters of Public Health in Global Health, in New York City in particular, will support her journey in pursuing a career in Global Public Health.
For her Applied Practice Experience, she worked as a Communication for Development (C4D) in Humanitarian Action intern with the C4D Section, Programme Division, at UNICEF NY Headquarters, on their Children Uprooted Campaign. She is Chair of Personnel of GPH’s Health & Human Rights Association, an organization that aims to engage and educate the NYU and New York City communities about social justice issues and on the interdependence of Health & Human Rights. She was also an Orientation Leader during GPH Orientation 2019.
Fall 2019 Courses: Applied Practice Experience Seminar 1, Global Issues in Social and Behavioral Health, Health Care Policy, Public Health Management & Leadership, Qualitative and Field Methods
Previous Degree: University of California, San Diego, Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences
Work Experience: United Nations’ Children Fund (UNICEF) NYHQ, Singapore Committee for UN Women, Aravind Eye Hospital Madurai, Access Health International Singapore
Career Plan: Niveditha is aiming for a career within global health and humanitarian programming specifically focused on families, women and children, and the welfare & empowerment of similar groups in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). She is also interested in the areas of Mental Health, Sexual & Reproductive Health, and Social and Behavioural Change Communication.
Anisha Pal - Social and Behavioral Sciences
Anisha is a second year MPH student in the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration. Anisha is from Florida, but completed her Bachelors at Emory University where she graduated with a Psychology major and Sociology minor. During her time at Emory, she co-founded a mental health club on campus known as Flourish Emory that promoted self-care on campus. As a first year graduate student at GPH, she was a research assistant at the ACCESS Lab under Dr. Beverly Watkins and was working on the Prison Reentry Project which aimed to evaluate the PEP and it’s success rate in accordance to reentry. Anisha’s summer internship was at Bellevue Hospital where she was a Policy and Advocacy intern to help close the gap between the homeless shelters and hospitals of New York City through conversations with several community stakeholders. She is currently a research assistant at CDUHR’s (Center for Drug Use and HIV Research) and is also the Graduate Events Officer on the Student Governing Council at GPH. Her passions within public health includes intervention science, program planning, and mental health.
Schools attended: Emory University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Current Courses: Categorical Regressions, Theories in Public Health and Policies, Qualitative Research and Fieldwork, Thesis 1
Career Plan: Anisha hopes to pursue a career within the healthcare sector where she can plan programs and interventions as well as address health disparities within the population.