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Student and Alumni Profiles

  • Chandni Shahdev
    Public Health – Epidemiology

    Her master’s degree in public health and research experiences helped Chandni Shahdev get a job with the CDC Foundation, working with employers to prevent and contain outbreaks of COVID-19.

  • Tara Lynch
    Psychology, Public Health

    Tara Lynch's experience during her undergraduate psychology program practicum working with a community agency to improve outcomes for rape survivors led her to pursue a Master of Public Health.

  • Melissa King
    Public Health

    After taking a few public health classes and establishing a strong connection with faculty, Melissa King realized that helping people live healthier lives is her passion.

  • Ashley  Ventrillo
    Public Health

    Majoring in Public Health helped Ashley Ventrillo turn her passion for women's rights into a career.

  • Mindasari Daniar
    Nutritional Sciences & Public Health

    Mindasari Daniar's upbringing in Indonesia inspired her to study nutrition. She now works at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and is pursing her Master of Public Health degree.

  • Maryann Ford
    Environmental Health, Peace and Conflict Studies

    Maryann Ford hopes to combine her environmental toxicology research with public health concerns to design effective campaigns that will reduce health disparities in large city populations.

  • Jessica Saad
    Community Health & Sustainability

    Looking back, Jessica Saad doesn’t take for granted how much UMass Lowell —and community health especially— helped prepare her for life outside of college.

  • Kyle Mehan
    Nutritional Science

    Kyle Mehan began researching nutrition when trying to heal his own injuries. Now he promotes a plant-based diet.

  • Marina Novaes
    Public Health

    Marina Novaes was inspired to pursue a career in health after a mission trip to El Salvador. Marina's experiences through her sorority, Alpha Sigma Tau, and the peer-education group Campus Advocates for Prevention Education, motivated her to apply (and be accepted into) UML’s Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Public Health program.

  • Nery Rodriguez
    Public Health

    For Nery Rodriguez, public health is the perfect major to combine science with helping people and communities.

  • Daniel Howell
    Public Health

    Daniel Howell spent several years addressing the opioid epidemic in Lowell. Now, he’s working on a pandemic: COVID-19.

  • Cassie Harding
    Public Health

    Cassie Harding’s internship experiences as a public health student inspired her to tackle the big health and wellness challenges facing people in the cities and towns around her.

  • Mohamed Omar
    Work Environment

    While working as an environmental management engineer at Harvard University in 2005, Mohamed Omar decided to “test the waters” by enrolling in Work Environment’s environmental risk assessment certificate program.

  • Annie Soup Koagne
    Public Health

    Annie Soup Koagne is getting everything she can out of UMass Lowell, while working to make it a better place.

  • Haylee Dussault
    Nutritional Sciences, Public Health

    Haylee Dussault was a part of the first class of students in the Master of Public Heath Dietetics program. Shortly after graduation, she passed the registered dietitian exam and landed her dream job.

  • Suparlan Lingga
    Public Health – Health Care Management

    Suparlan Lingga ’17 came to UMass Lowell to further his education in public health. Now he coordinates the Indonesian government’s work with UNICEF to improve child and maternal health, education and safety.

  • Kevin  Huang
    Biology, Public Health

    Kevin Huang is turning his passion for health and fitness into a career in medicine after internships with hospital administrators.

  • Abdul Hameed
    Public Health – Healthcare Management

    A practicum in infection prevention at a hospital prepared Abdul Hameed for a job with the CDC, preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus in hospitals and other health-care facilities.

  • Michelle Palladino
    Nutritional Sciences & Public Health

    Once Michelle Palladino started taking courses in nutrition as an undergraduate, she knew right away that she wanted a career in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

  • Shannon Gray
    Public Health

    Shannon Gray started earning her master's degree in Public Health with a focus on epidemiology as an undergraduate. Her internship with the Uxbridge Board of Health broadened her exposure to the role public health professionals play and strengthened her skills.

  • Andrew Farkas
    Health Informatics

    Andrew Farkas, chief operating officer at Boston MedFlight, returned to college after 35 years to complete his M.S. in health informatics, with a specialization in management.

  • Aaron Wilson
    Public Health

    Aaron Wilson chose UMass Lowell because of the strength of the public health program. Once he transferred, he immersed himself in campus life, getting involved in everything from clubs to research as a laboratory assistant at the Toxics Use Reduction Institute.

  • Kate Killion
    Public Health – Dietetics

    Kate Killion came to UML because it’s the only university in New England that offers a dietetics degree with a public health perspective.

  • Kelsey Gonzalez
    Public Health

    As a first-generation college student, Kelsey Gonzalez struggled to find a major she liked. Then she studied abroad – and came back determined to help other first-generation students.

  • Michael Boyer
    Community Health

    Just as the University experienced its own transformation, so did Michael Boyer who started as an exercise physiology major, changing to community health after taking epidemiology and community health courses.

  • Nicole Haas
    Public Health

    Nicole Haas always knew she wanted a career helping people. The Master of Public Health major landed an internship with the Revive Recovery Center and is taking on one of the most challenging public health crises of the last 20 years: the opioid epidemic.

  • Mallory Hillard
    Community Health & Sustainability

    Thanks to UMass Lowell, Hillard says she's found true satisfaction and happiness in her career and in herself.