Public Health Mentorship Program

In this program, pairs of one alumni and one undergraduate student work together to take advantage of the knowledge, strengths, and needs of all parties. The program runs Winter and Spring quarter (January 2017 - June 2017).

Global Health Studies Minors can expect to:

  • Learn the skills and behavioral qualities valued in graduate schools and public health-affiliated careers from the mentor.
  • Develop an informal peer adviser relationship with the mentor.

The estimated time is four hours per month for students, one to two hours per month for alumni. Monthly topics are goal setting, résumé building and the job search process, crafting an effective elevator speech, networking and interview skills, careers in public health, and action planning. At the beginning of each month, a newsletter containing a new focal topic will be sent to students and alumni. Students will then be responsible for reviewing the material and scheduling time to discuss the topic with their mentor, as needed. 

How to apply

Student applicants

Applications are now closed. Please email Rebecca Haines with any questions.

Alumni applicants

Applications are now closed. Please email Rebecca Haines with any questions.

Note: We welcome and appreciate the participation of all alumni, which includes those that matriculated directly into graduate programs as well as those that have not pursued graduate education.

Please email rebecca.haines@northwestern.edu with any questions.

2017 Alumni Mentors

Hannah Badal - PhD Candidate in Media, Technology, and Society, Northwestern University's School of Communication

Hannah BadalPolitical Science, Global Health Studies, WCAS 2010
Hannah Badal is a Ph.D. student in the Media, Technology, and Society program. Hannah holds a BA in Political Science with a minor in Global Health Studies from Northwestern University and an MPH from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, with a certificate in Socio-contextual Determinants of Health. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist. Prior to returning to Northwestern, Hannah worked on the Research and Evaluation Team in the Prevention Communication Branch in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her research interests focus on health communication and the development and evaluation of health messages, as well as unintended consequences (e.g., stigma and discrimination) that stem from communication efforts.

Sophia Blachman-Biatch - Project Analyst, Client Services, Xerox Community Health Solutions

sophiaPsychology, Global Health Studies, WCAS 2013
My focus is on addressing community health through the health technology in the Bay Area. I work as an Account Manager in the Client Services department at Healthy Communities Institute, a Xerox corporation. HCI offers a leading community health improvement platform and expert public health services. Previously, I worked as Manager of Communications at GoodData, an analytics tech startup in San Francisco. I support communications strategy for Children's National Medical Center's Obesity Institute's Juntos Podemos and KidPower! programs. While at Northwestern, I studied abroad in both Cuba and Chile, under a Global Health Fellowship, founded and led NU's first circus club, Cirque NouveaU, and engaged with students studying abroad as an IPD Board Member.

Jennifer Brewster - Member Experience Lead, Stride Health

Biological Sciences, Global Health Studies, WCAS 2013
I'm Jenny and I'm a Member Experience Lead at Stride Health. We provide a platform of benefits to on-demand workers. Our online recommendation engine helps people find affordable coverage personalized to their health needs. My team helps our members enroll in health insurance, navigate the healthcare system, and utilize their health plans throughout the year.

Eleanor Burgess - PhD Candidate in Human-Computer Interaction, Northwestern University's School of Communication and Co-Founder/CEO, drfocused

Ellie BurgessCommunication Studies, Global Health Studies, SoC 2015
I use Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) principles to research online health communities and health information design. Specifically, I seek to connect patients and healthcare providers using new technologies (wearables, sensors, augmented/virtual reality) in order to develop effective solutions through understanding healthcare sociotechnical systems. Additionally, as a recent entrepreneur, I am excited to further explore the pathway between human-centered design research, technology creation, and user dissemination and feedback.

Lillian Chen - MD Candidate, Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons

Lillian ChenBiology, Global Health Studies, WCAS 2014
After graduating from Northwestern in 2014, I earned an MPH from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health where I developed an interest in working on the design, conduct and analysis of epidemiological and clinical research trials. I recently started medical school at Columbia where I've had the opportunity to be actively involved in a student run free clinic serving individuals across Northern Manhattan and apply the knowledge and skills I began developing during my undergraduate studies. I am currently most interested in urban health issues and studying risk factors for neurological disease.

Gillian Feldmeth - Special Projects Team Manager and Patient Educator, University of Chicago's Lindau Lab

Gillian FeldmethSocial Policy, Global Health Studies, Political Science, SESP 2013
Gillian joined the Lindau Lab at the University of Chicago in December 2013 and works as the Special Projects Team Manager to support the Special Projects Team in all aspects of research in the areas of urban health, population health, female sexuality, and sexuality and aging. Gillian also works as a Patient Educator with the Program in Integrative Sexual Medicine (PRISM) providing basic education to patients and supporting the PRISM clinical operations and research protocol. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2013 with a major in Social Policy and minors in Global Health and Political Science. Previously, Gillian has conducted research on global contraceptive care access and policy and interned at a health care advocacy coalition in Washington D.C. and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region V Office for the Building a Healthier Chicago Initiative.

Grace Galloway - Community Initiatives Fellow, Communidad Connect (Nicaragua)

Grace GallowayPsychology, Global Health Studies, English, WCAS 2013
Grace has been working with community development organizations in Central America since graduating from Northwestern in 2013. While studying at Northwestern she had the opportunity to volunteer at an organic farm in Costa Rica and study public health in Uganda. These two learning experiences prepared her well for her current position, running a community garden in southern Nicaragua. Outside of work Grace loves surfing, being vegetarian and driving her motorcycle.

Matthew Haas - Resident Physician, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Matthew HaasChemistry, Global Health Studies, WCAS 2009
Originally a journalist-in-training, Matt was involved with several on-campus publications during his time at Northwestern, including The Daily Northwestern, Big Ten Network, and Chicago Unzipped. During his study abroad in Mexico City, Matt discovered his passion for clinical medicine. Matt earned his MD in 2015 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, with a certificate in Disability Medicine. In June 2016 he returned to Chicago to continue his post-graduate training in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago/McGaw Medical Center at Northwestern University. His current career goals include pursuing further training in pediatric rehabilitation medicine and pediatric palliative care as well as a masters in health communication to better understand how doctors, patients and their families communicate during goals-of-care and end-of-life discussions, particularly among pediatric patients. 

Benjamin Harris - Accountable Care Collaborative Associate, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing

bejamin harrisBiological Sciences, Sociology, Global Health Studies, WCAS 2010
Benjamin Harris (WCAS '10) is a Performance and Operations Associate for the Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC), an innovative delivery program administered through Colorado's Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. He oversees the implementation and performance of a novel managed care contract covering 130,000 Medicaid members and facilitates a 12 person stakeholder workgroup advising on care delivery innovations within the ACC. Prior to this role, he worked as an operations and quality associate at an FQHC on the west side of Chicago.

Hannah Jahnke - PhD Candidate in Biological Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Hannah JahnkeAnthropology, Global Health Studies, WCAS 2012
Hannah is a third year anthropology PhD student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill interested in the reciprocal relationship between social, environmental, and physiological interactions in health and development. Specifically, she is interested in studying how conditions of prenatal environment, particularly maternal psychosocial stress, shapes fetal development and long-term health risks. Her dissertation work will be conducted on the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

Sarah Ju - Health Program Manager

Sarah JuBiology, Global Health Studies, WCAS 2010
Sarah Ju, MSPH, CPH has six years of experience in international public health and development. She specializes in health systems strengthening, and currently manages health programs in developing countries. Her last posts were in Haiti and Liberia.

David Leander - MD Candidate, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and IT Specialist, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice

David LeanderEconomics, Materials Science, Spanish, Classics, Global Health Studies, WCAS 2010
David is 2010 graduate, majoring in Materials Science, Economics, and Spanish and minoring in Global Health Studies and Classics. Outside of the classroom, he was busy on the sidelines as the captain of the varsity cheerleading team, organizing community service efforts as a member of NCDC Exec, Site Leader at La Rabida Children's Hospital, and on ASB trips, and played the trumpet each year in the NU Concert Band. He thoroughly enjoyed his summer in Mexico City through IPD, which complemented his major/minor interests. He was an IPD Fellowship and John and Martha Mabie Fellowship recipient. While applying to medical school he worked as an Epic Consultant after working at Epic Systems for over 3 years as a Project Manager. He started his second year at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth this year and was accepted into Dartmouth's MD/MBA Program, which he will begin in the fall of 2018. During medical school David has been working on a project with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in an effort to create a learning health system. With his IT background, he hopes to work in similar capacities as a clinician innovator between IT and clinical worlds.

Erin Masterson - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Washington in Seattle's School of Dentistry

Erin MastersonAnthropology, Global Health Studies, WCAS 2007
Erin's global health experience at NU eventually came full circle. As an undergraduate student, she studied biological anthropology, was one of the first to enroll in the global health minor, and worked with a community health worker program in rural Guatemala. Nearly ten years later, she is once again collaborating with NU anthropologists to study the long-term consequences of early childhood malnutrition. Erin has a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Washington, where she is currently an NIH-funded postdoctoral research fellow. Erin takes a multidisciplinary approach in her research and her current work aims to develop defects in the dental enamel, developed during early life, as indicators of adult health risk.

Emery Alden Mathieson - Associate Director of Partner Development, Evolent Health

Alden MathiesonPolitical Science, Legal Studies, Chinese, Global Health Studies, WCAS 2011
Coming in to Northwestern, I was interested in the intersection of business, medicine, technology, and politics, but was unaware that such a combination did in fact exist. Taking Global Health Studies courses showed me this and fostered a passion for improving the health of others. Following my graduation, I began my studies for a Master of Public Health at Emory University, and now live in Washington, DC working to design and optimize entire hospital systems so as to improve patient outcomes. I am passionate about the optimization and development of local, national, and global health systems using innovative technology and data analytics.

Julia Polk - Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Mount Sinai St. Lukes

Anthropology, Global Health Studies WCAS 2007
I am an Obstetrician/Gynecologist at an inner-city University Hospital in NYC where I practice glo-cal health working with a diverse group of women and many vulnerable populations. I am also currently setting up a global heath elective for Ob/Gyn resident doctors in Liberia where my parent department runs an Ob/Gyn residency training program. I studied anthropology and global health at Northwestern where I was able to spend three summers and a quarter abroad throughout my 4 years. I then worked at the Brazilian National School of Public Health where I decided to apply to medical school. I got an MD from the Medical School for International Health in Beer Sheva, Israel. I am devoted to working towards integrating global health concepts and experiences in American Ob/Gyn resident education. I am also incredibly passionate about women’s health and access to care in the United States and abroad.

Zachary Pope - MD Candidate, Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University

zach popeBiological Sciences, Global Health Studies WCAS 2011
Zachary Pope is a third year medical student at Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University. Prior to studying medicine, he received his MPH at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Zachary is especially interested in HIV prevention and has experience working on HIV prevention initiatives for the Chicago Department of Public Health, San Francisco Department of Public Health, and in Chile, the Dominican Republic, and Kenya.

Gene Schwartz - Attending Physician, US Navy Great Lakes Naval Base

gene schwartzPsychology, Global Health Studies, WCAS 2008
As an undergrad at Northwestern, I majored in Psychology and minored in Global Health. Throughout my life, I hope to not only improve each patient’s medical care but also to contribute, more broadly, to reduce disparities in underserved populations and help advance science and improve the world.

Suzie Sheetz - Senior Manager of Medical Networks, Grand Rounds

suzie sheetzAnthropology, Global Health Studies, WCAS 2009
I have over 7 years of experience in the healthcare industry - in strategy, operations and innovation roles. My expertise is focused on business transformation, technology-led strategy and the shift to consumerization. I am personally passionate about employing innovative, human-centered approaches to fix our broken healthcare system.

Maitreyi Sistla - Research Manager, University of Chicago Urban Labs

Economics, Global Health Studies, WCAS 2014
I graduated from Northwestern in 2014 with a degree in Economics, and a minor Global Health. As both a pre-medical student and an Economics major, I discovered my passion for public health and public policy at Northwestern. After graduation, I worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as part of their Public Health Associate Program. As a CDC field associate, I worked on local public health initiatives at the City of Evanston, as well as refugee health initiatives at the Illinois Department of Public Health. I am currently a Research Manager at the University of Chicago Urban Labs, an action-oriented policy research institute that aims to solve some of the world's most pressing problems in urban areas.

Kiran Sreenivas - Senior Research Analyst, American Health Care Association

Kiran Sreenivas

Biological Sciences, Global Health Studies, WCAS 2006
As a Senior Research Analyst at a trade association in Washington, DC, I have the joy of using data to help health care providers and policy makers make better-informed decisions. Outside of work, I enjoy running, playing with my dog, and cooking.

Daniel Wozniczka - Internal Medicine Resident

Dan Wozniczka

Psychology, Global Health Studies, WCAS 2010
In addition to medicine, I have a strong interest in the ways healthcare interacts with business and politics. It is for this reason I am pursuing both my MBA and MPH, in addition to being a physician.