Master of Public Health Alumni

Our alumni hold positions in health systems, government agencies, community based organizations, and higher education. A number of alumni received competitive post-masters fellowships in health policy and health administration. Several of our graduates are pursuing additional degrees in either clinical medicine or research. Our alumni are actively engaged in our program serving as mentors, internship supervisors, culminating experience preceptors and collaborators on health promotion events.

Hofstra University's Public Health Alumni Association (PHAA) has been established to build and strengthen personal and professional relationships among public health alumni and current Hofstra MPH students, faculty, public health professionals, and the community.
 
In addition to regularly scheduled meetings, the PHAA will work actively to establish an engaged, connected alumni network. It is PHAA's goal to promote the professional development of alumni, organize networking and mentorship programs, and plan social networking events – all in connection with the mission and vision of both Hofstra's MPH program and its graduate student organization, Society of Public Health Advocates. 
 
The association is led by an executive board, which consists of 5 elected MPH alumni. More details, including biographies of the board members, can be found below. 
 
To learn more about PHAA, please contact the team at the Alumni House.

Aditya Bissoonauth

President:
Aditya A. Bissoonauth, MPH, CHES
Research Coordinator, Northwell Health

Aditya Bissoonauth is a Research Coordinator in the Center for Health Innovations and Outcomes Research (CHIOR) and the Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology at Northwell Health. He manages clinical and outcomes research in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism. Aditya is also...more

Lauren Doodian

Secretary:
Lauren Doodian, MPH, CHES
Analyst, Fidelis Care

Lauren Doodian is a December 2017 alumna of Hofstra’s MPH program. She is currently an Analyst for Value Based Payment Initiatives at Fidelis Care, a Managed... more

Margaret Wayne

Event Manager:
Margaret Wayne, MPH
Health Liaison Docs for Tots

Margaret (Maggie) is the Health Liaison for Docs for Tots. She received her Bachelor of Science from SUNY Geneseo in 2014, where she studied Communicative Disorders and Sciences. Most recently, she received her Master of Public Health from Hofstra University. During her time there....more

Kerry Meyers

Vice President:
Kerry Meyers, MPH, CHES
Regulatory Research Coordinator, Northwell Health

Kerry is a 2018 alum of Hofstra University’s Master of Public Health program. She is currently employed at the Northwell Cancer Institute as a Regulatory Research Coordinator and works on clinical trials for cancer patients. Most of the studies are experimental....more

Tracey Tran

Treasurer:
Tracey Tran, MPH
Quality Assurance Manager, Emergency Service Line, ScribeAmerica

Tracey is a Spring 2018 MPH graduate. Currently, she works as a Quality Assurance Manager at ScribeAmerica working a medical scribe in the emergency room and outpatient offices for...more

bissoonauth

President:
Aditya A. Bissoonauth, MPH, CHES
Research Coordinator, Northwell Health


Aditya Bissoonauth is a Research Coordinator in the Center for Health Innovations and Outcomes Research (CHIOR) and the Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology at Northwell Health. He manages clinical and outcomes research in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism. Aditya is also an Adjunct Professor in the Master of Public Health Program at Hofstra. He has a plethora of experience in industry-sponsored clinical research, working with disparity populations, and exploring patient-centered modalities to improve health outcomes (i.e. telehealth management). Aditya is interested in business development, strategic implementation of policies and procedures in a large healthcare organization, and working towards closing the gaps in healthcare across the board, guaranteeing that health equity is achieved.

As a graduate of Hofstra’s Master of Public Health program, Aditya is eager to serve as PHAA’s President. As the President, he hopes to strengthen ties with the MPH alumni, ensuring that the association serves as a resource and provides opportunities for growth and professional development. Furthermore, he foresees PHAA serving as a communication channel to voice and confront current issues faced in public health..

Lauren Doodian

Secretary:
Lauren Doodian, MPH, CHES
Analyst, Fidelis Care

Lauren Doodian is a December 2017 alumna of Hofstra’s MPH program. She is currently an Analyst for Value Based Payment Initiatives at Fidelis Care, a Managed Care Organization located in Queens, NY. While attending Hofstra as a full-time student, Lauren also served as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement, where she facilitated student leadership workshops, Title IX trainings, alcohol safety and other health programming for undergraduate students.

Lauren’s main interests include the promotion of healthy aging, as well as health policy, research, and analysis. Her passion for elder care and advocacy began during her undergraduate studies, when she took a minor in Geriatric Health and Wellness. Through service learning hours at an assisted-living facility and an internship at nursing and rehabilitation facility, she realized that she had found the population she wanted to work with the most.

With her culminating experience project, Exploring the Feasibility, Benefits, and Challenges of Implementing an Intergenerational Time Bank on Long Island Lauren was able to take her passions for positive aging, policy, and advocacy and began the efforts for creating and implementing better and more innovative solutions to combat the isolation and resulting poor mental health outcomes so many elders face, particularly in suburban areas such as on Long Island. This project led her to presenting at the American Public Health Association 2018 Annual Meeting and Expo in San Diego, California which received Honorable Mention for the Retirement Research Foundation’s Master’s Student Research Award.

 Margaret Wayne

Event Manager:
Margaret Wayne, MPH
Health Liaison, Docs for Tots

Margaret (Maggie) is the Health Liaison for Docs for Tots. She received her Bachelor of Science from SUNY Geneseo in 2014, where she studied Communicative Disorders and Sciences. Most recently, she received her Master of Public Health from Hofstra University. During her time there, she was Event Manager and then President of the Society of Public Health Advocates. These roles allowed her to plan and organize events including two charity 5K races on Hofstra’s campus. She was immersed in the Nassau County community through an outreach internship with the Nurse-Family Partnership where she discovered her passion for maternal-child health. This passion further grew through her attendance at the national conference for the American Public Health Association in November 2017. She remains active with APHA as a member of the Community Health, Policy and Program Development, Public Health Nursing, and Young Public Health Professionals sections. These activities combined with her academic performance resulted in her acceptance into Delta Omega, a national public health honors society

Kerry Meyers

Vice President:
Kerry Meyers, MPH, CHES
Regulatory Research Coordinator, Northwell Health

Kerry is a 2018 alum of Hofstra University’s Master of Public Health program. She is currently employed at the Northwell Cancer Institute as a Regulatory Research Coordinator and works on clinical trials for cancer patients. Most of the studies are experimental drug treatment trials from the NIH or various pharmaceutical companies. Her job consists of submitting IRB applications for new studies and continuing review for ongoing studies, preparing informed consent forms, tracking study data, working alongside physicians and other healthcare providers, communicating with sponsors and more. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer and runs her own small fitness business through social media. She has a passion for fitness, nutrition and wellness, and spends her free time in the gym and cooking healthy meals. During her time in the MPH program, she based her studies around nutrition, obesity prevention and substance abuse prevention. As Vice President of the PHAA, she hopes to facilitate meaningful professional relationships among current students, alumni and other professionals in the field.

tracey tran

Treasurer:
Tracey Tran, MPH
Quality Assurance Manager Emergency Service Line, ScribeAmerica

Tracey is a Spring 2018 MPH graduate. Currently, she works as a Quality Assurance Manager at ScribeAmerica working a medical scribe in the emergency room and outpatient offices for Northwell ED’s. She oversees the quality assurance, compliance, and maintenance of eight sites between New York City and Long Island and works with each sites’ manager to ensure daily tasks are completed. Her public health interests are widespread, with a specific focus on emergency management and emergency/disaster preparedness. She hopes to work with health departments and hospitals to run preparedness drills and ensure that all codes and protocols are appropriate. She is excited to be on the PHAA Executive Board and believes the board can create opportunities and events for fellow hardworking and deserving alumni.

Maria Akhondzadeh '14 (mentor): “As I have already completed my Master of Public Health at Hofstra, it was incredibly important for me to be able to share my experiences, both during the program and my professional career after the program, with someone who is walking through my shoes exactly a year ago! I hope that as I help Caitlin through the program, she will share new ideas and research with me so that I can keep up with the public health world. I hope that with my help and the experiences that I have, Caitlin can thrive and excel in the public health sector.”

Caitlin DeCoster '16 (mentee): I learned a lot while spending time with Maria especially in terms of how to best budget my time, what classes I need to really expect to put extra time aside for, and most importantly how the MPH program and Professor Kyriacou have helped Maria throughout here time here at Hofstra.”

Johanna Andrews '14 (mentor): “As the creator and coordinator of Hofstra University's Health Equity Symposium, I was delighted to have the assistance of the MPH students as volunteers for the Second Annual Health Equity Symposium that took place in March 2015. However, one student in particular went above and beyond the call of duty and executed each task with enthusiasm, grace, and in a timely fashion. Tracy Portelli quickly became my co-chair for the event because of all of her hard work and dedication to the Symposium. She was such a pleasure to work with and never complained when the many challenges of event implementation came our way. I had the opportunity to not only shed my insight on how to create, manage, and coordinate an event, but I was also able to share my experiences with the MPH program and how to use the skills she was developing to transition into a public health professional. I am glad that I was able to become such a profound mentor for Tracy and assist her in her professional development. We have developed an amazing relationship and I plan to continue to foster Tracy's creativity and drive in her public health career.”

Tracey Portelli '15 (mentee): “As a MPH graduate student, I had with great honor, the opportunity to work closely with Johanna Andrews, a Hofstra graduate alumna, and founder of the yearly Health Equity Symposium (HES). As a co-chair of the 2nd HES, I have been able to develop a mentor/mentee relationship with Ms. Andrews. She taught me by her exemplary conduct, as she is the perfect definition of a leader. Working with Ms. Andrews was a pleasure as she gave directions and never left me astray. She is motivating, and has such charisma that makes everyone around her feel at ease. It was inspiring to see who once was a student has now thrived into a successful woman who I aspire to be. It is an experience that I encourage every student to take advantage of because aside from developing organizational and leadership skills, it was also a lot of fun.”

Nathalie Jean-Baptiste '14 (mentor): “We shared how we both became interested in public health and what we hope to do in the future. Abdul, like I did, will be participating in a global health internship in La Romana, Dominican Republic this summer. We discussed the research process, and I shared with him what I wish I knew preparing for my internship experience. We discussed life after graduate school, and while it hasn't been that long since I was in his position, I shared how looking back I'm surprised at how much has changed. My conversations with Abdul helped me realize that although I am new to the professional field of public health, I can still mentor someone in my field.”

Abdul Quadri '15 (mentee): “I am very thankful to Nathalie, my mentor, for sharing some of her time to help me guide through this journey. The profession of Public Health is very broad and presents a wide array of opportunities; therefore, it was delightful to learn of Nathalie's experience as she went through the same journey and now is an alum of the program. Nathalie and I were able to connect on the International Internship Research Program offered by the MPH program. I was appreciative of her sharing the internship blogs detailing everything her group did and where they went, along with pictures.”

Ronald Sanchez '14 (mentor): “We formalized our relationship by sitting down and having an open dialogue about our career goals, academic interests, courses, and specific tasks for her upcoming internship. We spent hours discussing many topics, exchanging ideas, diving deep into the work, and strategizing next steps. Afrin is much more than a mentee; she is my peer and future colleague. The opportunity to serve as a mentor allows me to share my experiences and knowledge, while learning from and collaborating closely with my mentee.”

Afrin Howlader '16 (mentee): During our meeting we reviewed material for my global health internship, which was very productive. Ronald had also participated in this internship a few years ago, and learning about his experiences with data collection, community interaction and outreach truly helped me gain a well-rounded outlook on what to expect. We then spoke about different career options, his fellowship, his internships during the program, and what his goals are moving forward. The meeting drove me to explore more options in the field, and gain some great insight on the administration domain of public health. Our conversations led me to deem Ronald as a driven and inspirational role model who shares such great understanding on not only public health but also the way of thinking about the 'bigger picture' in life.”