Master of Public Health Program

MPH Students

Here are the current students of the Master of Public Health Program:

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Zoha Anjum
Zoha Anjum
Zoha is an aspiring infectious disease specialist, Knowledge First Graduate Scholarship recipient and a recent Honours Bachelor’s of Science graduate (in Physiology) from the University of Toronto. She is concurrently pursuing her graduate diploma in Water Without Borders through the United Nations University, Institute of Water, Environment and Health. Zoha discovered her passion for public health during her work with Toronto Public Health where she explored accessibility to mental health resources at post-secondary institutions. Her interest in infectious diseases stems from her undergraduate research experience in Lyme disease and obesity, which was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in 2016.
Olubusola Ayodele
Olubusola Ayodele
Busola completed her undergraduate studies at York University, earning a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biology. Over the course of her undergraduate studies, she developed interests in epidemiology and health research. In search of more knowledge, she went on to complete a graduate certificate in Clinical Research at The Michener Institute. She is particularly interested in health surveillance, infectious disease epidemiology and outbreak management. In the future, Busola hopes to work in an applied epidemiology setting where she will use the knowledge gained from McMaster’s MPH program to develop practical public health interventions that will prevent, control and treat diseases in the population.
Sawila Bayat
Sawila Bayat
Sawila Bayat graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honours Bachelor in Health Sciences and a minor in Management. She completed extensive research on women’s health and also published an abstract for her team’s research focusing on the association between waterpipe smoke exposure and restrictive lung diseases. She is interested in the creation of programs for health promotion and prevention purposes and the development and implementation of screening tests and health care delivery systems. Sawila hopes to incorporate these interests in future research involving chronic diseases, women and children’s health as well as the social determinants of health.
Katie Cheung
Katie Cheung
Katie completed her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science at the University of Ottawa. During her undergraduate studies, she completed multiple clinical research projects at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and became an ambassador for the Big Tobacco Lies Campaign, a campaign that resulted in passing Bill 45 in May 2015 to limit false advertisement in cigarette packaging. These activities sparked her interest and passion in health promotion, health advocacy, and social determinants of health. A fun fact about Katie is that she has an ARCT diploma in classical piano performance and a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Tiffany Dang
Tiffany Dang
Tiffany is a recent graduate from the University of Ottawa with an Honours BSc in Biomedical Science. She completed her undergraduate thesis at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, examining the role of ovulation and BRCA1 mutations as risk factors for ovarian cancer. Tiffany fostered an interest in public health through her experiences in human rights advocacy at the Senate of Canada, volunteering at a geriatric day hospital, and completing projects in clinical research and science promotion. McMaster’s MPH program has provided Tiffany the opportunity to enrich her interests in health policy and knowledge translation and to develop skills in strengthening health systems.
Jade Goodman
Jade Goodman
Jade Goodman graduated from Queen’s University (B.Sc.H. Biology and Health Studies, 2017) with a Chancellor’s Scholarship. As an international exchange student with a focus on interdisciplinary studies in global health, she actively participated at the WHO, UN, and ILO in Switzerland, and Handicap International in France. Jade’s passion in healthcare is grounded in the social determinants of health through community advocacy. At QU, she successfully implemented several intersectional social justice programs related to poverty alleviation, food security, Indigenous leadership, environmental activism and feminism. Jade’s ultimate goal is to be a leader in health equity for rural and remote Canadian communities.
Shuaib Hafid
Shuaib Hafid
Kayla Lucier
Kayla Lucier
Kayla Lucier is a recent graduate of the University of Windsor, where she completed an Honours Arts and Science degree in Biology and English. Her interests in healthy environments, health promotion, and education led her to the McMaster MPH program. This decision was also influenced by her experiences volunteering with Canadian Blood Services and working with the McMaster Centre for Transfusion Research. During her time in the program, Kayla hopes to develop her knowledge translation skills and her understanding of qualitative research methods. She is concurrently completing the Water Without Borders graduate diploma program through the United Nations University - Institute for Water, Environment, and Health (UNU-INWEH).
Jenna McHugh
Jenna McHugh
Jenna graduated from McMaster University in 2016, with a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Health Studies. Since graduation Jenna has worked full-time as a Community Development Worker in the North End of Hamilton. She is excited to expand her knowledge in the public health field in order to continue to support the community she loves. She is passionate about encouraging healthy and active life styles from a young age, working with children to promote healthy eating and physical activity. In the future, Jenna hopes to remain involved in creating and sustaining healthy communities for all in Hamilton and beyond.
Guneet Saini
Guneet Saini
Guneet earned her Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto in 2017. Her interest in public health stems from her volunteering efforts with a health promotion program and a research project focused on the effects of mental health on student academic success. As part of the MPH program at McMaster, her interests lie in the epidemiology of infectious diseases and healthy policy. Through the knowledge and experiences she acquires in this program, Guneet hopes to use evidence-informed decision making towards reducing health inequities and preventing disease.
Harman Sandhu
Harman Sandhu
Harman recently completed his undergraduate degree in Honours Life Sciences at McMaster University. He is passionate about Hamilton and is looking forward to continue engaging with the city while completing his MPH degree. Harman has completed research in mental health stigma and hopes to continue research work by pursuing a thesis during his graduate studies. An avid supporter of collaboration, Harman welcomes interdisciplinary public health research opportunities so anyone with ideas is encouraged to email him. Mentorship, coffee, books, cats, hip-hop, and physical exercise are a few of Harman’s other interests. He hopes to pursue further education and teaching in the future.
Ravinder Sandhu
Ravinder Sandhu
Ravinder Sandhu graduated from the University of Toronto in 2016 with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Human Biology. While pursuing her undergraduate studies, Ravinder had the opportunity to participate in molecular neurobiology research using genome editing to elucidate the role of specific proteins in neurotransmission. Following graduation, Ravinder also did clinical research looking at the impact of local anesthetics on cognitive function following elective knee or hip surgery. Ravinder joined the Masters of Public Health program to develop a better understanding of how social disparities act as barriers to accessing quality healthcare on an individual and community level. She is also interested in working on programs that empower individuals to take an active role in their own health and treatment. McMaster’s Public Health Program is providing Ravinder the opportunity to develop knowledge and analytical skills that she looks forward to applying in her future endeavours.
Amanda Stypulkowski
Amanda Stypulkowski
Amanda earned her Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Health Studies from the University of Waterloo in 2017. She completed an undergraduate thesis investigating youth perceptions of access to marijuana, which developed her interest in knowledge translation and health policy. Amanda has worked as a Research Analyst at Cancer Care Ontario, a Research Assistant at Sunnybrook Hospital, and a Project Coordinator at eHealth Ontario. She is currently working as a Research Coordinator at McMaster University exploring the impact of an institutional policy on student stress, and volunteering with the Ontario Public Health Association on their Cannabis Task Group. Her interests include substance use, chronic disease prevention, and the aging population.
Arielle Sutton
Arielle Sutton
Arly completed her undergraduate degree at McGill University, where she majored in Honours Psychology and minored in Anthropology. She completed two Honours theses in the field of Health Psychology, which sparked her interest in public health. She also developed her passion for public health volunteering in Out of the Cold Shelters in Toronto. Arly’s research interests include the social determinants of health, women’s health and sexual health, and she ultimately wishes to attend medical school.
Bethina Loiseau
Bethina Loiseau
Bethina has a bachelor of science, with a double major in psychology and global health from the University of Toronto. She is passionate about public health because it enables the wellbeing of individuals by improving their health through multiple interconnected levels. Due to her research assistant experience in the mind and body psychology lab at U of T, and her research in the Dominican Republic, her main interests are women’s health and mental health; specifically, in relation to marginalized populations within and outside of Canada. Her long term career goal is to do work in Haiti, where she was born.
Meagan Tibbits
Meagan Tibbits
Meagan Tibbits is a recent graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University where she earned an Honours degree in Biology, specializing in genetics, cell and molecular biology. She is currently completing her Masters Degree in Public Health at McMaster University. Through McMasters MPH, Meagan hopes to develop a better understanding of how socioeconomic factors affect populations in terms of disease susceptibility. For the past couple of years, Meagan has worked as a Community Development Worker with Peel Public Health, specifically with the Needle Exchange Program. In her undergraduate degree, Meagan became very interested in disease and how they affect varying populations and the trends these populations see from various epidemiology and disease pathology classes. In the future, Meagan would like to work with infectious diseases and outbreak control.
Andrea Wang
Andrea Wang
Andrea recently graduated from McGill University with a B.Sc. in Microbiology and Immunology. In her undergraduate, she took various sociology courses and volunteered in a homeless shelter, which created a desire to work in a multidisciplinary field in healthcare. Andrea decided the MPH program was a good fit for her next step. Through the MPH, she hopes to gain the skills to work on the social determinants of health, as well as mental health and addiction in marginalized groups. On the side, she volunteers at a foodbank and serves on the Events committee of the Graduate Students Association.
Maryan Warsame
Maryan Warsame
Maryan recently earned her Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Ryerson University. Throughout her undergraduate studies, she volunteered in various health advocacy programs which fostered her interest in Public Health. Her academic interests include preventive medicine in the area of communicable and non-communicable disease epidemiology, health systems, and health policy. By obtaining her Masters of Public Health she hopes to gain a better understanding of patterns of disease incidence and prevalence, major etiologic and prognostic factors and harm reduction practices. Maryan intends on completing a research based practicum that will incorporate various aspects of her research interests.
Ying
Ying Zhu
Ying graduated from Peking University Health Science Center in 2013. During her academic career in the disciplines of preventive medicine and epidemiology she discovered her passion for public health. Four years’ employment experience in Peking University People’s Hospital shaped her ambitions and explored her potentials to pursue an in-depth understanding in her area of interest. She hopes to emerge from McMaster’s MPH program with skills and expertise required in the field of public health as a competent practitioner. Being prepared with professional trainings and indomitable spirit, she intends to dedicate her career in helping people and making a difference in the lives of others. Moreover, she aspires to play an active role in achieving, promoting and sustaining health of general public.