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

Avanthi Hulugalle
Global Health
Avanthi is a second-year student in the Global Health concentration. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Prior to beginning the MPH Program at GPH, Avanthi worked at UCSD Reproductive Medicine as a research assistant for a breast cancer and contraceptives study and UCSD Pediatrics’ research projects on prescription medication use and pregnancy exposures.  Avanthi is currently the Associate Director of Research at the NYU GPH Reproductive Health and Health Systems Lab where she works on ways to enhance women’s health issues in the research and business. Her current research involves creating assessment tools to find the best health technology and innovations that will have the most clinical impact, sustained engagement and function for women’s health.
Current Courses: Capstone, Data Utilization in Public Health Practice, Global Perspectives in Reproductive Health and Human Rights, Program Planning and Evaluation
Schools attended: University of California San Diego, Bachelor of Science in Public Health
Work Experience: NYU Reproductive Health and Health Systems (R2HS) Lab, Course Assistant for NYU Undergraduate Epidemiology, Wellthie, NYU Research Alliance, NYU Obstetrics and Gynecology

Career Plan: Avanthi would like to innovate strategies and continue researching reproductive health. She is passionate about reproductive health disparities and believes technology is at the core of the solution.  Avanthi is debating between applying to PhD programs or working in the digital health tech industry.



Ana Camargo
Public Health Nutrition

Ana is a second-year student in the Public Health Nutrition concentration. After earning dual degrees in International Affairs and Nutrition & Dietetics from Florida State University, Ana accepted a position with the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) where she worked as a nutrition educator in underserved communities of north Florida. Through this experience she witnessed first hand how socioeconomic disparities affect the health of individuals and populations. Whilst completing her Registered Dietitian DPD Internship, Ana further realized the gaps lacking in bridging clinical and public health sectors and thus made the decision to apply to NYU for her MPH. Ana is an active member of the College of Global Public Health community serving on the Student Governing Council, InterProfessional Education Group (IPEG) Board, and participating in various research labs (ie. Applied Global Health Initiative, SeedProgram, Nutrition & Food Assistance Lab). Some of her research topics include: correlations between health disparities and food marketing in different racial and ethnic groups, analysis and evaluation of school meals programs globally, and evaluation of SNAP-Ed programs in the state of NY. 

Current Courses: Data Utilization, Accessing Community Health Needs & Resources, Food Policy, Program Analysis & Evaluation 

Schools Attended: Florida State University, BA in International Relations, BS in Nutrition 

Internship Experience: The Hunger Project, Socioeconomic Evaluation of Dietary Decisions Lab (SeedProgram)

Career Plan: Ana hopes to pursue a career with the United Nations’ World Food Programme or Food & Agriculture Organization in nutrition program planning and evaluation. Eventually, she would like to explore the entrepreneurial route focusing on maternal and child nutrition. 



Ekemini Isaiah
Health Policy & Management

Ekemini is a second-year MPH student in the Health Policy & Management concentration on the Health Policy track. Originally from Long Island, Ekemini came to NYU GPH straight after graduating from Cornell University with a BS in Biology and Society, concentrating in Public Health. Prior to NYU, Ekemini researched barriers in access to preventative cancer screenings for women with disabilities and its policy implications. 

Over the summer, Ekemini traveled back to London (after taking a course in London for J-term through NYU GPH in London) to complete her internship with the Personal Social Services Research Unit within the London School of Economics. There she was able to use her qualitative and quantitative skills to study long-term care dependency and the cost/burden of dementia. Her research is usually oriented towards providing recommendations to the US for health system improvement. 

Ekemini is currently working with Dr. Victor Rodwin in Wagner studying how health systems are responding to an aging population and how health systems are shifting over time. She also serves as the Graduate Events Officer for the GPH Student Governing Council and works as a TA for core courses within the college. 

Current Courses:
Econometrics I, Health Economics, Program Analysis & Evaluation, Introduction to Public Health Systems, Internship: Practice & Integrative Learning Experience

Schools Attended: Cornell University, BS in Biology & Society

Internship Experience: London School of Economics researching strategies countries across the EU are taking to reduce long-term care dependency cost-effectively

Career Plan: Ekemini hopes to pursue a research career in comparative health systems. She intends to pursue a PhD in Health Policy after graduation. 



Giovanni Appolon

Giovanni is a second-year part time MPH student concentrating in Epidemiology. He is a native New Yorker born in Brooklyn. He obtained his Bachelor's of Science in Respiratory Care from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2013. Before Giovanni began his studies at NYU, he worked as a Respiratory Therapist in Pittsburgh, where he focused on education and treatment of patients suffering respiratory disorders. After working in Pittsburgh, he moved back to New York and started working at the New York Presbyterian Hospital specializing in pediatric patients that suffer from respiratory disorders.
Schools attended:  Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy
Current courses: Epidemiological Methods and Design and Qualitative & Field Methods in Global Public Health

Career Plan: Giovanni hopes to carry his experience, education and passion for helping those with respiratory disorders by attaining his PhD in Epidemiology and conducting his own research to help develop better treatment strategies for those suffering from respiratory disorders.