Alumni Profiles

Rebecca Alban


Rebecca Alban, MPH

Hometown: Silver Spring, MD

I currently work for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) Supporting a grant from UNITAID to roll-out point-of-care early infant diagnosis (EID) for HIV in 9 African countries.

What experience or training from your MPH most prepared you for your current position?

My four month research and travel experience in Peru through the Minority Health International Research & Training (MHIRT) was fabulous, and helped me to become conversant in research methodology and qualitative data analysis. I also significantly benefited from the mentorship aspect of the program--my mentor and I are still in touch and she continues to impart her wisdom on public health issues and life in general.


Sarah Short, MPH

Hometown:  Hartland, MI

I am currently a second year medical student at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

How have you used key things you learned from your MPH since graduation?

I have used my MPH heavily since graduation. There is only a small handful of medical students who have a degree in public health, so I have become the "go-to" person when formulating research projects for community health, or any questions about public health in general. I feel confident in my abilities to apply public health to medicine, which is invaluable when treating people and communities around the globe.


 Sarah Short

Joey Olsen

Joey Olsen, MPH

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

I work in New Orleans at a Community Based Organization Managing the HIV Testing programs.

What experience or training from your MPH most prepared you for your current position?

The comprehensive curriculum offered in my MPH program really did prepare me for this career. We do targeted HIV testing so on a regular basis I use some of the strategies that I learned in my epidemiology classes. I was never a ”math person” but the biostatistics classes that I took both made math “click” and made me literate in an new and absolutely invaluable language. The flexibility of my program allowed me to take some electives in HIV related topics, which I really appreciated. I knew that was the direction that I wanted to take my career (and even had my eye on my current job) and I was able to so specifically tailor my education for it, based on the curriculum at Tulane.

Dylan Podson, MPH

Hometown: Ellicott City, MD

I'm currently with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (Dept. of Health and Human Services) in Baltimore, MD working to combat fraud, waste and abuse in the country's healthcare system.

What experience or training from your MPH most prepared you for your current position?

A model and mindset which was most important from my MPH was the skill to work collaboratively among local, state and federal agencies. Through my work study at the Louisiana Office of Public Health and my Practicum in Taiwan, I was able to practice (and see the benefits of) a cross-cutting approach to solving public health's most notorious ailments such as HIV/AIDS and tobacco use.

 Dylan Podson

Taisy Conk

Taisy Conk, MPH

Hometown: New York, NY

I am currently a Community Healthy Food Advocate at New Settlement Apartments, a community development corporation in the South Bronx. I oversee a comprehensive and place-based initiative called "Communities for Healthy Food NYC".

How have you used key things you learned from your MPH since graduation?

As a program manager, I am constantly utilizing the program planning and monitoring and evaluation knowledge I gained from my MPH. I even reference my slides from both of these courses on a regular basis. This month I'm working on creating a logic model for my program.  I've found that it's a challenge to prioritize monitoring on-the-ground programs when there is little support.


Katie Tosh, MPH

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

I am the Director of Measurement and Outreach at Boston After School & Beyond.

How have you used key things you learned from your MPH since graduation?

As my job involves data analysis and evaluation, I am constantly using knowledge and skills I gained in courses related to those topics. An understanding of program design, implementation and behavior change is also valuable as I work to understand and improve the impact of both my organization's work on the design and quality of our partners' programs, as well as the impact of our partners' programming on youth participants' social-emotional skill development.

 Katie Tosh

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