MPH Student Ambassadors

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 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

Vaibhav Srinivasan
Global Health

Vaibhav Srinivasan is a second year MPH student in the global health concentration at the New York University College of Global Public Health (GPH). Originally from India, Vaibhav received his Bachelor of Medicine/ Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from Sri Ramaswamy Memorial (SRM) Medical College Hospital and Research Centre. Appreciating that health care is more than just writing prescriptions and depends on overall community development and support, Vaibhav decided to pursue a career in public health, and travel halfway across the world to New York City.

He currently works as an intern in the Health Supply Chain and Logistics Division of the World Food Programme. Vaibhav is also the Graduate President of The Student Governing Council and he is currently active in two labs at GPH: the Applied Global Public Health Initiative Lab, a lab that works on current public health problems and applying skills to real-world problems, and the Population, Impact, Recovery, and Resilience (PiR2) Lab where he is working on the Gulf Coast Child and Family Health Study (G-CAFH), a longitudinal study of post-disaster recovery measures in the Mississippi and Louisiana Gulf Coast.

Current Courses: Internship 1, Global Issues in Social and Behavioral Health, Global Health Governance and Management, Data Driven Decision Making

Schools attended: SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

Work Experience: World Food Programme, Population, Impact, Recovery, and Resilience (PiR2) Lab, Applied Global Public Health Initiative Lab, Graduate Assistant with the NYU GPH Student Affairs team

Career plan: Vaibhav is gearing towards a career as a global health consultant, where his focus would be on health system strengthening in low and middle-income countries.



Charlotte Kurz
Community Health Science and Practice

Charlotte is a second-year MPH student in the Community Health Science and Practice Concentration. Originally from Denver, Colorado, she came to NYU directly after graduating from Binghamton University with a BS in Human Development and a Health and Wellness Minor. Prior to coming to NYU, she worked with community-based organizations to develop health education programming for the greater Binghamton community, especially related to nutrition. While in Binghamton, she worked for the campus registered dietitian, where she worked to create health programming that was accessible to all students. As a first-year graduate student Charlotte interned with Project HEAL, the largest US non-profit providing funds and recovery support for people suffering from eating disorders, and currently serves as the National Blog Manager. Charlotte is particularly passionate about improving mental health access and breaking stigma, which she writes about frequently on her blog, and her work has been showcased on several mental health websites. Charlotte is currently working on her first book about her experiences with mental illness and recovery, which will be published in the coming year. She will be starting as an HRTP intern at the NYC Department of Health this fall.

Schools attended: Binghamton University, Bachelor of Science in Human Development

Current Courses: Assessing Community Health Needs and Resources, Program Planning and Evaluation, Perspectives in Global Mental Health, Internship: Practice and Integrative Learning Experience

Career Plan: Charlotte hopes to take her passion for mental health and work in a community mental health non-profit. She wants to help implement prevention programs within communities and help those who need it find treatment that is accessible and effective. Charlotte wants to continue her work to break stigma and increase the conversation around mental health so that it’s something everyone can talk about.



Sheena Thakkar
Public Health Policy and Management

Sheena is a second-year student in the Health Policy and Management Concentration, focusing in management. She was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to pursuing her Masters degree, she attended the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences where she started her public health education with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health, concentrating in Healthcare Business and Pre-Law. Sheena correctly works at Pfizer in the Health Economics Outcomes Research Department, supporting various portfolios: Anti-Infectives, Cardiovascular and Biosimilars. Through her current experience at Pfizer, she analyzes the economic, clinical and humanistic aspects of specific medications. Her role allows her to manage projects in which tools, studies and communication techniques are developed to relay economic implications of medicines and related healthcare initiative programs. She works  closely with inter-professional teams consisting of internal/external stakeholders, consultants, regulators, and physicians to develop these projects.

Current Courses: Microeconomics, Internship: Practice & Integrative Learning Experience, Introduction to Public Health Systems, Strategic Management.

Schools Attended: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Minor in Healthcare Business, Pre-Law Track

Work Experience: Harvard School of Public Health Department of Infectious Diseases, Massachusetts State Senate, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, AARP, John A. Hartford Foundation, VetaHealth, Pfizer

Career Plan: Sheena hopes to gain more experience in the pharmaceutical sector and/or healthcare consulting industry post her MPH at NYU. She is passionate in learning more about healthcare leadership, private-public partnerships and strategic planning.



Chelsea Mangold
Public Health Nutrition

Chelsea Mangold is a second year MPH Nutrition student at NYU’s College of Global Public Health, concurrently enrolled in Steinhardt's Didactic Program in Dietetics. She completed her B.A. from the University of Washington in Psychology with a minor in Diversity studies. Her interest in public health was sparked when studying the public and mental health care system abroad in Chile, with a focus in maternal and child nutrition. Following graduation, she interned at Seattle's innovative Lifelong AIDS Alliance's food and nutrition program alongside registered dietitians to create healthy diet plans and provide nutritionally sound food and education for those living with chronic illnesses in the community. Chelsea has witnessed firsthand the importance of diminishing health disparities with regards to nutrition on both local and global scales. As Associate Director of Research NYU Langone’s SeedProgram, she contributes to studies focusing on the accessibility of unhealthy foods across all boroughs of new York City, investigates conflicts of interest from donations by corporate food companies such as Coca Cola and Kraft to academic institutions, and coordinates human research studying the impact of racially- targeted food and beverage advertising on adolescents. She is particularly vested in creating awareness around issues of food policy and accessibility and studying the negative effects of food marketing, especially when targeted towards underprivileged communities. Chelsea is currently co-President of Nutrition without Borders at NYU, having served on the organization’s founding executive board as Communications Chair in her first year of the MPH Program. She partners extensively with the World Food Programme, working to combat hunger on a global scale via online advocacy and fieldwork.

Current Courses: Assessing Community Health Needs, Nutritional Counseling and Education, Food Science and technology, Food Systems Management

Schools Attended: University of Washington, BA in Psychology

Internship and Work Experience: Lifelong Aids Alliance Food and Nutrition Program, Socioeconomic Evaluation of Dietary Decisions Lab (SeedProgram), Business Development Associate for WSP (public infrastructure firm)

Career Plan: Chelsea hopes to establish a career in food policy, perhaps acting as a nutrition policy advisor for local or state government. Prior  to this however, she plans to obtain her Registered Dietician credentials following a clinical dietician internship. She hopes to continue to partner with the World Food Programme and can also envision a career working towards reducing global hunger via nutrition program planning and implementation in areas of need.



Erica Finfer

Erica is a second-year student in the Epidemiology concentration. She was born in San Diego, California and completed her undergraduate degree at California Polytechnic University- San Luis Obispo in Applied Nutrition with a minor in Psychology. Prior to beginning her MPH, she interned at the European headquarters of the World Health Organization in Copenhagen, DK. During this experience, she got first-hand exposure to the workings of an UN organization and its role in global public health. Once at NYU, she has worked with the Socioeconomic Evaluation of Dietary Decisions (SEED) lab, actively contributing to research in corporate behavior, targeted marketing, health disparities, and food policy with an emphasis on minority adolescent populations. During her time at NYU, she has found her passion within Epidemiology and research, and has utilized the University’s extensive support systems to further her education.

Current Courses: Thesis 1, Epidemiology 3 Design & Methods, Perspectives in Global Mental Health, and Psychometric Measurement and Analysis in Public Health Research and Practice

Schools attended: California Polytechnic University- San Luis Obispo, BS in Applied Nutrition with a minor in Psychology

Work experience: SEEDProgram NYU Research assistant; UCSF COAST Research assistant; World Health Organization Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Intern

Career Plan: Erica hopes to pursue a career in research geared towards alleviating health disparities within communities. She is interested in exploring the world of health start-ups post-graduation, targeting companies that use innovative technologies and methodologies to better our population’s health. She plans to work for a couple of years in the field, and then re-evaluating applying to PhD programs.