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Student Ambassadors

The College of Global Public Health invites 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 prospective students via email, and will be happy to answer your questions about the program from their perspective as enrolled students.  Please use the email addresses below to contact our student ambassadors directly.

Please note that questions about admissions or the application process should not be directed to the student ambassadors, but to the Office of Admissions at

Amanda Makol
Health Policy and Management

Amanda is a second year student in the Health Policy and Management concentration. She was born and raised in Connecticut and is a proud Nutmegger (yes – this is what Connecticut residents are called). Amanda graduated from the University of Connecticut while on the pre-med track. She was first exposed to public health during a service trip to Costa Rica and has since been in love with the field. In the last year, she has had the opportunity to intern with the Reproductive Maternal Newborn and Child Health division of UNICEF. She is currently a Clinical Research Coordinator with Mount Sinai Cardiology. After completing the program, Amanda hopes to pursue medical school and use her future clinical skills and public health knowledge to address health inequities in low income communities.

Current Courses: Health Information Technology, Strategic Management, Public Health Systems, Microeconomics

Schools Attended: University of Connecticut: Bachelor’s Degree in Physiology and Neurobiology and Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience.

Internship Experience: RMNCH-UNICEF

Career plan: While this plan is always in constant flux, Amanda hopes to use her public health education to minimize health inequities in low income areas

Liza Martinez
Global Health

Liza was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia but move to New York almost a decade ago. Her personal interest to pursue a career in global health settings today lies in the duality of her life: for her, Colombia is home, and New York is home too. In Colombia she worked as a primary care medical doctor for several years, in rural and urban settings, always with underserved populations. There she had the opportunity to witness first hand health disparities not only caused by the limitations of the health care system but by social and environmental factors particular of the country. It was there that her interest on how to improve the health of an entire population in challenging circumstances started to build up and motivated her to move from the clinical setting and pursue a career as a public health professional. However, it took years for her to make the final decision to enroll in the MPH at NYU. She is now a second-year student in Global Health, a member of NYU Applied Global Health and Development Program and is planning to start the Health and Human Rights Club to foster community among graduate students at the CGPH.

Current Courses: Program Planning and Evaluation, Psychometric Analysis, Global Health Governance and Management and Capstone in Global Public Health.

Schools Attended: Universidad El Bosque, Medical Doctor

Internship Experience: I interned this past summer in Pure Earth, a non-profit organization working on global health and pollution in low and middle income countries.

Career Plan: Whether working in the public or private sector, building / strengthening health care systems or tackling health issues indirectly through advocacy of health and human rights, she want to build up a career that reflects a systems approach to health and is focused in Latin America.

Jennifer Trinier
Social and Behavioral Sciences

Jennifer is a second-year student in the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration. She was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She graduated from the University of Waterloo and worked as a research assistant in the health psychology lab and the social psychology lab. She completed her practice experience at The Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) at the College of Nursing where she helped collect research dissemination metrics and created fact sheets featuring ongoing research and interventions. She is currently working with Dr. Weitzman (Pediatrics) and Dr. Gordon (Environmental Medicine) on a study titled “Effects of hookah smoking on indoor air quality in New York City and surrounding areas”.

Current Courses:   Theories in Public Health Research and Practice, Thesis I, Epidemiological Methods and Design, Qualitative and Field Methods

Schools Attended:  University of Waterloo: Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a Legal Studies and Criminology Option

Internship Experience: Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR)

Career Plan: Jennifer plans to work in substance use and harm reduction.

Anne Dumadag

Anne Dumadag is a second-year MPH student in the epidemiology concentration. She received her BS in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise and BS in Psychology from Virginia Tech in 2013. Prior to beginning the MPH program at CGPH, Anne worked as a Nutritionist Associate for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program within the Virginia Department of Health. Since January, she has been working with the Socioeconomic Evaluation of Dietary Decisions Lab (SeedProgram) on several projects pertaining to food marketing and currently serves as the Associate Director of Research for the Health Disparities team. Over the summer, Anne completed her applied practice experience at the Center for Health, Identity and Behavior Prevention Studies (CHIBPS) working on several papers related to attachment and health, and gained a new interest in mental health research. After completing the program, Anne hopes to expand her research and/or work experience and eventually pursue a PhD in epidemiology.
Current Courses: Perspectives in Global Mental Health, Thesis I, Psychometric Measurement and Analysis, Epidemiological Methods and Design

Schools Attended: Virginia Tech – Blacksburg, VA (May 2013)

Internship Experience: Applied Population Health Lab, Socioeconomic Evaluation of Dietary Decisions Lab (SeedProgram), Attachment and Health Research Team at the Center for Health, Identity and Behavior Prevention Studies (CHIBPS) 

Career Plan: Anne hopes to pursue a research career with a focus on health disparities, especially within the context of infectious disease or mental health. She would like to work with a state-level health department or a federal agency such as the CDC or NIH. Eventually, Anne intends to pursue a PhD in epidemiology.