Samira Khan graduated from Hofstra's MPH program in the Winter of 2016. During her final semester, she also received her Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification. Prior to her studies at Hofstra University, Samira received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from CUNY – The City College of New York in 2013. She is currently working as a Research Program Coordinator at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Samira works primarily in research that examines the relationship between sleep disordered breathing, specifically obstructive sleep apnea, and cardiovascular outcomes. She previously worked as a research assistant at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, working in research that primarily focused on examining the effects of aerobic exercise on cognition in individuals with schizophrenia.
Her public health research interests include examining and reducing health disparities in immigrant populations, focusing primarily on South Asian and Muslim communities. Samira's other current activities include working as a weekend school teacher at the Islamic Center of Long Island, training medical scribes at the Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island, serving on the Board of Directors of the South Asian Public Health Association (SAPHA) and as Secretary for the Hofstra Public Health Alumni Association (PHAA). Samira's future goals include pursuing medical school and expanding on the research she conducted for her Master's Thesis, which looked at the relationship between provider communication and patient understanding and its influence on health behaviors in a Muslim population.