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 - June 2018).

Global Health Studies students 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 for 2017-2018 are now closed. 

Alumni applicants

Applications for 2017-2018 are now closed. 

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.

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 second-year 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 - Account Manager, Client Services, Conduent Healthy Communities Institute

Sophia Blachman-BiatchPsychology, 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 Conduent Healthy Communities Institute. HCI offers a leading community health improvement platform and expert public health services. I joined HCI as a Project Analyst and before that, 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 - Senior Manager of Member Experience, Stride Health

Jennifer BrewsterBiological Sciences, Global Health Studies, WCAS 2013
I'm the Senior Manager of the Member Experience team at Stride Health - a benefits and financial advice platform for people who work for themselves. My team helps people navigate the health insurance industry and enroll in the best plan for their health needs, and also provides financial and tax support for 1099 workers. When I'm not working, you'll find me exploring the best trail runs throughout San Francisco, or trying the latest new restaurant!

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
At Northwestern, I studied Social Policy, Global Health and Political Science with a focus on health policy and women's health issues. Since Northwestern graduation in 2013, I've been working in various positions within the Lindau Lab at the University of Chicago. The mission of the lab is to engineer solutions to injustice together with the patients and communities we serve. One of my favorite aspects of my job is working as a patient educator in the Program in Integrative Sexual Medicine - a unique clinic in the department of OBGYN that helps women affected by cancer preserve and restore their sexual function. My interests including health care delivery innovation, human-centered design and patient engagement and activation.

Matthew Haas - Resident Physician, Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center / Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Matthew HaasChemistry, Global Health Studies, WCAS 2009
Originally a journalist-in-training in Medill, 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. He went on to earn 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 McGaw Medical Center at Northwestern University and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago). His current career goals include pursuing further training in pediatric rehabilitation medicine and pediatric pain management and palliative care with research interests in rehabilitation outcomes in patients with cancer and communication between doctors, patients and families during goals-of-care and end-of-life discussions, particularly among pediatric patients.

Navita Jain - Project Manager, AVAC

Navita JainEconomics, Global Health Studies, WCAS 2008
Navita Jain (WCAS ’08) is currently a Program Manager at AVAC in New York, where she supports activities that promote advocacy and engagement around biomedical HIV prevention research. After graduating from Northwestern, Navita worked as a healthcare consultant before becoming a USAID Global Health Fellow at the Reproductive and Child Health Alliance in Cambodia. The experience solidified her desire to work in global health, and in 2012 she graduated with her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. After graduating, she worked for five years at ICAP-Columbia University as a Senior Project Officer supporting the implementation of HIV care, treatment and prevention programs in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Myanmar and South Sudan. 

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

Hannah JahnkeAnthropology, Global Health Studies, WCAS 2012
Hannah is a fourth 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 perinatal environment, particularly maternal psychosocial stress, shape infant development and long-term health risks. Her dissertation work will be conducted on the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador in 2018.

Sarah Ju - Head of Health Programs, CRS

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.


Jaeeun (Jenny) Kwon - Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction OfficerUnited Nations Development Programme

Jaeeun Jenny KwonSocial Policy, Global Health Studies, SESP 2014
Jenny currently serves as the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Officer at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Rwanda. She supports the Rwandan government in sourcing and validating new technology that will help leapfrog old development pathways and infrastructure to build a green economy that is resilient to climate change. Prior to UNDP, she spent 3 years in the healthcare technology and startup venture sector in New York City working for Oxeon Partners and Hospital for Special Surgery's Global Innovation Institute. After learning about technology development and product management, she decided it was time to apply these skills to an international development context. Jenny graduated from Northwestern in 2014 with a BS in Social Policy and minor in Global Health. She is originally from South Korea, and has lived in Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Greece, France, the US.

Kyle Kim - MD Candidate, Central Michigan University College of Medicine

Kyle KimBiology, Global Health Studies, WCAS 2014
I am a 3rd-year medical student at the Central Michigan University College of Medicine. I graduated from Northwestern in 2014 with a major in Biology and minor in Global Health. After graduation I took a gap year off, working as an ER medical scribe and getting as much traveling in as I could before starting medical school. I am very passionate about public health and bringing attention to those that are medically underserved, and I hope to use my future position to bring help to those who need it.

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.

Michelle San Pedro - PhD Candidate in Anthropology, University of Connecticut

Michelle San PedroAnthropology, Science in Human Culture, WCAS 2005
Michelle San Pedro is a doctoral candidate in medical anthropology at UConn, an alumna of Yale School of Nursing, NU's Anthropology department, and Chicago Public Schools. Her research on the maternity care system in the northern highlands of Nicaragua was sponsored by the Fulbright Program. She partners with physicians and midwives of the Ministry of Health to identify unmet needs of adolescent mothers. With support from the not-for-profit health and human rights organization, Juntos Adelante (Together Forward), she organized a conference between non-governmental organizations that offer psychological care and legal services for girls and women experiencing intrafamiliar violence.

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

zachary popeBiological Sciences, Global Health Studies WCAS 2011
Zachary Pope is a fourth year medical student at Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University. Prior to studying medicine, he received his MPH from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Zachary is especially interested in HIV prevention and emergency medicine. He 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. He also has experience working in the emergency departments of Chicago, New Orleans, and San Francisco. 

Lauren Sadowsky - MD Candidate, Rush Medical College

Lauren SadowskyBiological Sciences, Science in Human Culture, Global Health Studies, WCAS 2014
Lauren Sadowsky is a third year medical student at Rush Medical College. She graduated from Northwestern in 2014, after majoring in Biological Sciences and Science in Human Culture and minoring in Global Health Studies. She was heavily involved in GlobeMed and Wildcat Welcome during her time as an undergrad, in addition to studying abroad through IPD's Public Health in Cuba program with the Hill-Urbina Fellowship and volunteering in Honduras through Global Medical Brigades. Lauren strives to incorporate public and global health in her medical studies, including regularly volunteering at a free student-run clinic for individuals in the Chicagoland area ineligible for health insurance and helping to coordinate free medical supplies donations from Rush University Medical Center to communities around the world. She plans on incorporating both public and global health in her future practice, as she strives to provide excellent medical care while reducing disparities for the patients she humbly serves.

Liz Schrier - Research Assistant, Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center

Liz SchrierAnthropology, Global Health Studies, Environmental Policy & Culture, WCAS 2014
I am a Research Assistant at Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, where I work in the Center for Population Sciences on studies to improve quality of life for patients with advanced, incurable cancers. Previously, I conducted qualitative research as a Research Assistant for Partners in Health and a Research Associate at MASS Design Group. I am currently completing a premed post-bacc and hope to continue to incorporate patient-focused, qualitative research into my future as a clinician.

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.


Maitreyi Sistla - Research Manager, University of Chicago Urban Labs

Maitreyi SistlaEconomics, 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 Crime Lab and Education Lab, and manage a suite of interventions at the Chicago Public Schools that are aimed at improving the life outcomes of disadvantaged students.

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 - Physician, Northshore Hopsital 

Dan Wozniczka

Psychology, Global Health Studies, WCAS 2010
I am passionate about the intersection of medicine with business and politics. In addition to being a physician, I am a health entrepreneur, and have worked as a congressional lobbyist. I believe healthcare as we know it will change completely within our generation.