Advising and Support Services

Advising is something that many of us in the DREAM Office are passionate about! The DREAM Office provides a variety of services to support students who have faced historical, economic, and educational barriers. If you’re a prospective student - please reach out to us for advising* or let us know if you’re interested in a workshop for your student group or organization**!

We are available to meet with you in-person or via email (sphdiversity@berkeley.edu), phone, Google Hangouts or Skype! We are happy to chat about:

  • Finding your passion in public health
  • Programs at UC Berkeley School of Public Health
  • How to make yourself a strong applicant for graduate school
  • Application questions
  • Financial aid
  • Graduate student life, including student groups, resources, and school-life balance

Not sure exactly what you want to ask? Check out our YouTube videos for questions you may not know you had!

The DREAM Office currently has two professional staff - Durrain & Michelle - who are available for advising appointments. Both Durrain and Michelle are alumna of the MPH program and are happy to provide you with their insight having been through and successfully completed the program! Connect with Durrain and Michelle through sphdiversity@berkeley.edu

Graduate Recruitment And Diversity Services (GRADS Program)

The Graduate Recruitment and Diversity Services (GRADS) Program is the peer-advising arm of the DREAM Office. The goal of GRADS is to foster diversity within the student population at the School of Public Health by connecting prospective applicants with a team of student volunteers—the GRADS Ambassadors. Our GRADS Ambassadors are available to provide application advice, support, and a current student perspective over the course of the admissions cycle.

2017-18 GRADS Coordinators Miriam Magana Lopez, left, and Nancy Ceja, right.

The GRADS Program services are offered and available to all prospective students. We strongly encourage prospective students who are from a social or cultural background underrepresented in public health graduate education, or those who have faced challenges due to cultural or family background, economic resources, age, or other circumstances, to contact the GRADS Program.

What services do GRAD Ambassadors provide?

GRADS Ambassadors are available in person and via phone, text, or email to converse with prospective applicants as they navigate the application process. There are students representing the different academic and professional programs offered at the School of Public Health.

In addition, GRADS Ambassadors travel to graduate fairs, prospective student conferences, and other public health profession-related events across California.

Contact the GRADS

Our GRADS team is led by two stellar GRADS Coordinators. Our GRADS Coordinators will be your first point of contact and help direct you to the appropriate Ambassador or resource! Please email us anytime, or call us during normal business hours, to schedule an appointment or ask a question. We look forward to hearing from you!

Phone: (510) 642-6698
Email: sphgrads@berkeley.edu

2017-2018 GRADS Coordinators:

Nancy Ceja, MPH Candidate
Miriam Magaña López, MPH Candidate

2017-2018 GRADS Ambassadors

Christopher Chau
DrPh

Chris Chau

Chris Chau is a fourth-year student, pursuing his Doctor of Public Health degree (DrPH) with an emphasis in Public Health Nutrition. He hails from the City of Angels and earned a BS in biology from UCLA. Chris then joined the NYC chapter of Teach for America and earned his MS in education. He later returned to school to earn his post-bac in nutrition, MPH from UCLA, and credential as a registered dietitian. Afterward, he worked as a project coordinator for the CDC-funded UCLA REACH program, which aimed to combat the obesity epidemic nationwide. His current research examines modifiable factors associated with eating behaviors, abdominal obesity, and heart disease. When Chris is not holed up writing his dissertation, he can be found glued to Netflix, binge-watching home renovation shows.

Anna Smith
MPH, Environmental Health Sciences

Anna Smith

Anna Smith is a first-year MPH student in Environmental Health Sciences.  She graduated from UC Davis in 2016, where she earned her B.S. in Environmental Toxicology, with an emphasis in Public Health and a minor in Communication. After graduating from UC Davis, she worked as an Environmental Scientist in External and Legislative Affairs at the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. Her primary interest is in children’s environmental health, and the molecular mechanisms by which prenatal exposure to environmental pollutants increases susceptibility to disease. Her goal is to translate research findings in this field and use it to guide both public health communication and policy. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, cycling, traveling, reading, and anything outdoors.

Arianna Wassmann
MS, Environmental Health Sciences

Arianna Wassmann

Arianna Wassmann is a second-year MS candidate in Environmental Health Sciences with a concentration in Global Health & Environment. Before attending UC Berkeley, Arianna received her BS at Stanford University, where she majored in Biology and designed a minor in Gender, Health, & Medicine. After graduating in 2013, she completed a community-health fellowship at the Stanford Prevention Research Center and then worked at Genentech, a pharmaceutical company specializing in biologics. Her research interests focus on the intersections of ecological conservation, public health, and social justice movements. Outside of her coursework, Arianna enjoys writing science fiction novels, exploring the Bay Area, and crossing items off her yearly bucket lists.

Sylvia Sanchez
PhD, Environmental Health Sciences

Sylvia Sanchez

Sylvia Sanchez is a PhD student in Environmental Health Sciences (EHS). She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbial Biology and a Master of Science degree in EHS from UC Berkeley. Following her undergraduate graduation, she interned at a molecular biology and toxicology lab on campus. Although not her initial career choice, she enjoyed research so much that she has been working in the same lab ever since! She is interested in health disparities, particularly those that affect migrant populations. Her research focuses on hormone levels in blood and their relationship to disease. She is a member of SACNAS and a mentor at the Chicanx/Latinx Student Development Office. A Los Angeles native, she enjoys reading classic novels, surfing Netflix, and trying new recipes in her spare time.

Amanda Ngo
MPH, Epidemiology/Biostatistics

Amanda Ngo

Amanda Ngo is a first-year MPH student in the Epidemiology/Biostatistics program. She graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in Public Health Science and a degree in Anthropology. After graduating, she worked as a Case Manager at a local nonprofit organization in Santa Clara County, where she provided Medi-Cal resources and educated families on how to access their insurance. Her research interest focuses on social determinants of health in underrepresented communities. During her free time, she loves to go to Target, eat ice cream, and binge watch TV shows.

Amanda Tjemsland
MPH, Epidemiology/Biostatistics  

Amanda TjemslandAmanda Tjemsland is a first-year MPH student in Epidemiology/Biostatistics. She graduated from Yale University with a BA in History of Medicine. After, she received a fellowship at the CDC with placement at the Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center. There she helped to implement a tribal health survey on a reservation, analyzed tribal health data, and helped conduct a study to improve colorectal screening rates in tribal communities. Following her fellowship, she began working at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. At the VA, she managed a two-site clinical trial to help improve substance abuse treatment after detoxification and analyzed additional VA datasets. Her main areas of interests include health disparities, Native American health, and social epidemiology.

Amarachi Ejawoko
MPH, Epidemiology/Biostatistics

Amarachi Ejiawoko

Amarachi is a second-year MPH student in Epidemiology/Biostatistics. She graduated from Claflin University in 2016 with a BS in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. There she worked as a health coach for in-need patients in Orangeburg county through a public health program with the local hospital. She has also worked on numerous research projects including studying the cancer energy hypothesis, and a HPV and cervical cancer prevalence study in Swaziland. She's currently working with the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative at Stanford researching predictors of home oxygen use among premature babies diagnosed with bronchopulmonary dysplasia. She loves spending her time dancing to Afrobeats, styling hair, and keeping up with pop-culture.

Beth Jump
MPH, Epidemiology/Biostatistics

Beth Jump

Beth is a first-year MPH student in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics concentration. She completed her bachelor's degree in Political Science and Spanish at the University of Illinois - Champaign Urbana. Before starting the MPH program, Beth spent four years working with different hospitals installing new electronic medical record systems. Through this work, Beth discovered an interest in analyzing big data and inspired her to purse her MPH. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking in and around the Bay Area and new adventures with friends. 

Christi-Lynn Del Rosario
MPH, Epidemiology/Biostatistics

Christi-Lynn Del Rosario

Christi-Lynn del Rosario is a second-year MPH student in the Epidemiology/Biostatistics program and the Maternal and Child Health Specialty Area. Prior to Berkeley, she earned a BS in Biology with a minor in Public Health from UCLA. Christi was introduced to public health through her work in improving access to health services within underserved minority communities, and has experiences in community research and clinical lab work. Christi’s interests are in the etiology and prevention of chronic disease and health disparities, and her current research focus is on risk factors for childhood leukemia. She completed her summer internship with the California Breast Cancer Research Program and is also a member of Cal STAPH. Christi has a particular fondness for all things chocolate and Disney.

Courtney Schiffman
PhD, Biostatistics

Courtney Schiffman

Courtney Schiffman is a first-year PhD candidate in Biostatistics. Her research is in genomics and metabolomics. She completed her undergrad at UC Berkeley (go bears!). She loves to spend time outdoors when she is not doing statistics.

Daniel Collin
MPH, Epidemiology/Biostatistics

Daniel Collin

Daniel is a second-year MPH student in the Epidemiology/Biostatistics program. He is originally from Guatemala and grew up in Orange County, CA. He earned a BS in Psychobiology and a Spanish minor at UCLA. He worked at the UCLA School of aPublic Health doing research on nutrition programs in elementary schools. He earned a MA in Psychological Research at CSULB focusing on psychostimulant drug research. He also worked at the USC Department of Preventive Medicine on research about colorectal cancer. He recently interned at UCSF analyzing NHANES data to study the impact of poverty alleviating programs on children’s health. He is interested in using quantitative analysis to improve health and healthcare access in diverse communities. In his free time he enjoys biking and exploring the Bay Area.

Elleni Hailu
MPH, Epidemiology/Biostatistics

Elleni Hailu

Elleni is a first year MPH Epidemiology/Biostatistics Student. She graduated from Santa Clara University in June 2017, where he studied Public Health Sciences with a minor in Biology. During her time at Santa Clara, she worked as a Health Equity Intern for Santa Clara University's Public Health Program. In this position, she worked on a project that studied the risk of HIV among African American men and their female partners in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was also able to study and work in El Salvador and Ethiopia as a part of immersion and fellowship programs, specifically focused on malnutrition as well as HIV/AIDS respectively. At Berkeley, she hopes to develop essential Epidemiological skills and principles that would allow her to address health disparities.

Emily Yette
PhD, Epidemiology

Emily Yette

Emily Yette is a fifth-year doctoral student in Epidemiology. She earned a BA in Human Biology with a concentration in Adolescent Development from Stanford University. After college, Emily served youth and families at a mental health nonprofit in San Diego and then completed an MPH at the University of Washington. After that, she worked with soldiers recovering from traumatic brain injuries, with a research team at the Washington State Department of Corrections, and with the community- and school-based partnerships unit at Public Health - Seattle & King County. Her dissertation research focuses on the health of black women who identify as lesbian or bisexual. She enjoys the ocean, unsalted vegetables, and laughing.

Isabel Muñoz
MPH, Epidemiology/Biostatistics

Isabel Munoz

Isabel Muñoz is a second-year MPH student in the Epidemiology/Biostatistics concentration. Isabel is interested in environmental and reproductive health research. For her summer internship, she was at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Prior to attending graduate school, she worked at the University of California Santa Cruz as the Biology and Chemistry Learning Skills Advisor in a program that supports underrepresented students in the STEM fields. She is passionate about increasing diversity in research and higher education.  In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, watching a good show and relaxing outdoors.

Xing Gao
MPH, Epidemiology/Biostatistics

Xing Gao

Xing Gao is a first-year MPH student in the Epidemiology/Biostatistics concentration. She graduated from Macalester College with a bachelor's degree in International Studies and Geography, and a concentration in Community and Global Health. In the past, she worked at a community sexual and reproductive health clinic as a patient educator. She has also worked with an international health organization on tobacco control research. Her interests in public health lie at the intersection of health disparities, multicultural health, and geospatial analysis. In her spare time, she's passionate about traveling, food, game nights, and Asian American activism.

 

Connor Phillips
MPH, Global Health and Environment 

Connor Phillips

Connor Phillips is a first-year MPH student in Global Health & Environment. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Public Health Policy from UC Irvine in 2016. Since then, he has been working full time for UC Irvine in smoking cessation research, particularly focused on the effects of social media in quitting success rates. He plants to concentrate on the effects of globalization on higher education in hopes of bringing together online, joint degrees with schools around the world - courses where you can be taught by professors halfway around the globe from the comfort of your bed! In his free time he enjoys hiking in Tilden Park, as well as playing tennis and soccer.

Yasmine Griffiths
MPH, Global Health and Environment

Yasmine Griffiths

Yasmine Griffiths is an MPH candidate in the Global Health & Environment concentration. Originally from the Atlanta, GA area, she attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN and studied Medicine, Health, & Society and Spanish. Throughout her upbringing, she felt an urge to become as involved as possible in her community. Through this involvement and service, she became increasingly aware of health disparities that plagued many minority communities. While she was at Vanderbilt, her passion for service and alleviating health disparities grew into a passion for researching public health worldwide and increasing access to care in developing nations. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, shopping for vinyl records, visiting coffee shops, reading, and going out with friends.

Debbie Kim
MPH, Health and Social Behavior

Debbie Kim

Debbie Kim is a first-year MPH student in Health and Social Behavior. She grew up in Orange County, CA and received her B.S. degree from UC San Diego in Psychology with an emphasis on Clinical Psychology and a minor in Biology. After graduating, she worked in Health Promotion Services at UC San Diego, managing a wellness lounge and coordinating and evaluating wellness and de-stress programming while connecting students with campus well-being resources. Her research interests lie within health disparities among underserved minorities, particularly in adolescent, immigrant and API communities. In her spare time, she is a HUGE LA Dodgers fan, a lover of dogs, running, yoga, and hiking.

Donna Leong
MCP/MPH, Health and Social Behavior

Donna Leong

Donna Leong is a first-year in the concurrent MCP/MPH program with a MPH focus in Health and Social Behavior. She is interested in ways that participatory planning can promote population health. Prior to coming to graduate school, she led implementation on demonstration projects in coordinated care settings. Additionally, she worked at the State of Rhode Island, focusing on ACA implementation and long-term care projects. Donna is originally from Torrance, CA, and completed her bachelors in Political Science, Ethnic Studies, and American Studies from Brown University.

Golda Hernandez
MPH/MSW, Health and Social Behavior

Golda Hernandez

Golda is a 3rd year concurrent MPH/MSW student in the Health & Social Behavior and Direct Practice in Health concentrations. She earned a BA in Psychology and a minor in Education at UC Berkeley. Before grad school, she worked at the Asian Pacific Fund as a scholarship manager. She also volunteered with Mabuhay Health Center, serving as a health coach, clinic manager, and mental health chair. She currently teaches Mental Health First Aid around the Bay Area. She is interested in integrated behavioral health, mental healthcare access, health disparities, and API and immigrant health. She is involved in the SPH's API Women’s Circle and SSW's API Caucus & SOURCE. She enjoys food adventures, scrapbooking/DIY projects, and anything Hello Kitty.

Johanna Figueroa
MPH, Health and Social Behavior

Johanna Figueroa

Johanna Figueroa is a second-year MPH student in the Health and Social Behavior program. She received her BA in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. After graduation, she was a Medi-Cal worker for the Social Services Agency in Orange County for almost three years. She is most interested in how environments (social, economic, historical, and political) shape Latino health disparities, trauma, and healing through a co-learning community-based approach. She enjoys lifting heavy things, cooking sweet treats, discussing political theory, and spending time with loved ones.

Juan Carlos Piña
MPH, Health and Social Behavior

Juan Carlos Pina

Juan Carlos Piña is a first-year MPH student in the Health & Social Behavior program. He is originally from Bridgeport, California - a rural town nestled between the Eastern Sierra Mountains. He graduated from UC Davis with a double major in Psychology and Chicana/o Studies. After graduation he worked for the ongoing California Heat Illness Prevention Study (CHIPS) led by UC Davis Public Health Sciences. Research aims involved interpreting the physiological response and health outcomes of farm workers in California’s Central Valley. He is mostly interested in using qualitative research methods that explore language barriers and its effect on how Latinos navigate resources. In his spare time he enjoys attending concerts, snowboarding, and coordinating dinner outings. 

Luciana Roch
MPH, Health and Social Behavior

Luciana Roch

Luciana Rocha is a second-year MPH student in Health and Social Behavior. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in Biological Basis of Behavior. Prior to starting graduate school, Luci conducted public health research at a social science research institute that focused on the evaluation of federal programs. She is interested in addressing structural factors that affect health and building healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities. She currently participates in the Borders and Bodies Collective, a student group started by UC Berkeley School of Public Health students who are interested in addressing issues that affect immigrant communities. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, going to the movies, and catching up with friends.

Patricia Avila-Garcia
MPH, Health and Social Behavior

Patricia Avila-Garcia

Patricia Avila is a first year MPH student in the Health and Social Behavior concentration. She received a BA in Psychology and Social Welfare at UC Berkeley. Before starting the MPH program, she worked a few years in different research projects. Most recently, she has been involved in a research project utilizing text messages to augment group CBT treatment for Latinx patients with depression at a public safety net hospital in San Francisco. Her public health interest are immigrant health, mental health care access and chronic disease management. On her free time, Patricia likes to try new recipes and explore the Bay Area.

Young Kim-Parker
MPH/MSW, Health and Social Behavior

Young Kim-Parker

Young Kim-Parker is a second-year student in the dual degree program. She is pursuing a masters of public health & social welfare, with concentrations in Health & Social Behavior (MPH) and Direct Practice in Health Settings (MSW). Young's previous experiences include addressing health workforce diversity through pipeline programs at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Oakland. Young's current areas of interest include social determinants of health, adolescent health, trauma, resilience and health disparities. She is also a member of API Women's Circle (School of Public Health), SOURCE and API Social Work Caucus (School of Social Welfare). Young enjoys photos, food, and fun.

Christine Santiago
MPH, Health and Policy Management 

Christine Santiago

Christine Santiago is a one- year MPH student in Health Policy and Management. She received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, where she studied human biology, health and society and minored in inequality studies. After graduating, she worked as a clinical research assistant at the Nathan Kline Institute on a study aimed at advancing psychiatric neuroscience. She is currently enrolled at Harvard Medical School and will return next year to complete her medical degree. She decided to pursue a MPH after witnessing language and access barriers to healthcare. Her primary academic interests include disparities in health outcomes, as well as comprehensive and affordable healthcare. Outside of academics, she enjoys music, hiking, running and spending time with friends.

Gabriella Bonilla
MPH, Health and Policy Management 

Gabriella Bonilla

Gabriella Bonilla is a second year MPH student in Health Policy and Management. She earned her bachelor's degree at University of California Santa Barbara, where she studied Biopsychology. This summer, she interned at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, a safety net hospital, doing patient safety and performance improvement work on two projects 1) Behavioral Health Integration and 2) Integrated Health Home for Foster Children, and is continuing to work there throughout the year on ongoing projects. She is passionate about children's health, behavioral health, access to care, and performance improvement. In her free time, she enjoys photography, hiking, walking her dogs, and true crime.

Jose Jimenez
MPH, Health and Policy Management 

Jose Jimenez

Jose Jimenez is a first-year MPH student in Health Policy and Management. He is originally from El Monte and lived in West Covina, both cities near Los Angeles. He earned his bachelor's degree at UCLA, where he studied Psychobiology. Before starting graduate school at UC Berkeley, he worked at a FQHC/community clinic in Northeast Los Angeles where he was the coordinator for the front desk medical reception, assisting in patient registration and clinic improvements. He is passionate about serving the Latino and low income communities and communities that lack access to affordable and comprehensive health care coverage. During his free time, he likes to cook, go out to eat, drink boba, go jogging and hiking, and watch TV and Netflix, with his current favorite show being Game of Thrones. 

Linh Chuong
MPH, Health and Policy Management 

Linh Chuong

Linh Chuong is a second-year MPH student in health policy and management. Before graduate school she served Vietnamese immigrant women and migrant workers in Taiwan for a year, and then did health policy work and advocacy training for direct service providers for two years. Linh believes in creating community-responsive policy informed by research. Her current work is on collecting and responding to social determinants of health at a local health center. She is a leader of the Asian Pacific Islander Women’s Circle, board member for Student Collaborative for Impact Leadership, and an HPM representative for SPH Student Government. She also enjoys cooking, camping, tea, and good reads.

Sofia Andrade
MPH, Health and Policy Management 

Sofia Andrade

Sofia Andrade is a second-year MPH student in Health Policy and Management. She earned her bachelor's degree at the University of San Francisco, where she studied International Studies with an emphasis in Global Politics and Societies. Before starting grad school at UC Berkeley, she worked as a legislative aide in the California State Assembly and Senate in health policy. This summer, she did her internship at Kaiser Permanente in the Community Benefit Department where she had the opportunity to work on social determinants of health in the East Bay. She is passionate about affordable healthcare, access to comprehensive health coverage, and reducing health care costs. In her spare time, she likes to cook, explore, watch a good movie, and spend time with friends and family.

Gerardo Cruz
MPH, Infectious Disease and Vaccinology

Gerardo Cruz

Gerardo Cruz is a second-year MPH student in Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology. He is originally from South Central Los Angeles and completed his undergraduate studies at Cal State Northridge University, where he majored in Environmental Health. Before starting his graduates studies, Gerardo worked in the field of vector-control and the field of HIV/STIs. Gerardo completed his summer internship at California Department of Public Health assisting with outbreak investigations. After completing his graduate studies, he would like to work in prevention, control, and/or eradication of mosquito-borne diseases in Latin American countries.

Laura Deneckere
MPH, Infectious Disease and Vaccinology

Laura Deneckere

Laura Deneckere is a first-year MPH student in the Infectious Disease and Vaccinology program. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Lawrence University. During her undergraduate studies, Laura characterized six novel immune-related DNA binding sites in Biomphalaria glabrata, an intermediate freshwater snail host for the neglected tropical disease schistosomiasis. Laura recently completed her AmeriCorps service year with City Year Seattle King County, an international education non-profit that focuses on bridging the opportunity gap in under-resourced schools. Her research interests include global health, neglected tropical diseases, and public health immunology. In her free time, Laura enjoys hiking, knitting, and trying new ice cream shops around the Bay.

Melody Yu
MPH, Infectious Disease and Vaccinology

Melody Yu

Melody Yu is a first-year MPH student in the concentration of Infectious Disease and Vaccinology. She grew up in Vancouver, Canada, and attended Queen's University before coming to Berkeley. In the year prior to starting her MPH program, she spent her time volunteering with Alzheimer's patients at her local hospital. Melody's research interests lie in outbreak investigation and the prevention of communicable diseases. At Berkeley SPH, she is also involved in CalSTAPH and Dice and in her spare time, Melody likes to explore the Bay Area, watch the Warriors play, and drink many many cups of coffee.

Jina Dhatt
MPH, Interdisciplinary

Jina Dhatt

First-year graduate student in MPH / Interdisciplinary program with specialty in Global Health. She was born and raised in Stockton, Ca. Jina has BA in Psychology and BS in Nursing. She is Public Health Nurse and Diabetic Advocated for American Diabetes Association. Jina is intrigued by health care policy and prevention services of Diabetic youth in educational system. Additionally, she is focused on evidence-based nursing practices in health care policy and healthcare services for transgender population. Jina is currently researching on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Project with a mentor at Highland Hospital with attribution of improving quality of care for Transgender patients. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her family and walks by the San Francisco Bay.

Shweta Chooramani
MPH, Interdisciplinary

Shweta Chooramani

Shweta Chooramani is an MPH candidate with specialization in Global Health. She has worked for 10+ years in South India and is also exposed to East Africa health programs (Kenya, Tanzania). Shweta has been an advocate, strategist and program manager for a variety of right based programs from reproductive and child health, community eye health, disability, social inclusion to rehabilitation. Innovation, change and diversity excite her. She is a firm believer that the ultimate aim of social development is to bring change in a simple way - a way in which people feel more respected, empowered and happy. While at Berkeley, she is exploring her new found interest in improving public health through making food-nutrition systems accessible and equitable via social entrepreneurship models.

Elizabeth Ly
MPH, Maternal and Child Health

Elizabeth Ly

Elizabeth Ly is a first-year MPH student in Maternal and Child Health. She earned her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley with a major in Public Health and a minor in Public Policy. Prior to graduate school, she worked at UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health with ob-gyns across the nation to support family planning training in academic medicine. She also conducted research on hospital policies while at UCSF. Her current research interests are on U.S. reproductive health policies and access to contraception and abortion, particularly for under-served populations. On campus, Elizabeth is also involved in DICE and SCIL. In her free time she enjoys cooking, trying new restaurants and foods, playing video and board games, and playing tennis.

Laren Caton
PhD, Epidemiology

Lauren Caton

Lauren Caton is a first-year MPH student in the Maternal and Child Health program and recent graduate of the University of Texas with a BS in Nutritional Sciences. As a lifelong Texan, breakfast taco connoisseur, and outdoor enthusiast, the Bay Area was a perfect match. Her experience with founding a nonprofit mentorship organization, along with other internships with other nonprofits and research agencies, allowed her to realize her passion for serving adolescent mental and reproductive health needs through the preventive lens public health provides. After graduation she hopes to earn her doctorate and dedicate her career to developing and evaluating programs that provide youth with the information they need to make healthy decisions.

Taiji Wang
MPH, Maternal and Child Health

Taiji Wang

Taiji Wang is a second-year MPH student in Maternal and Child Health. Originally from Canada, she graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and a minor in Music. Before moving to Berkeley, Taiji worked in Biomedical Ethics research analyzing the comparative risks and benefits of failed clinical trials. At Berkeley, she has worked as a GSI for the Public Health and Psychology departments. During her practicum, Taiji utilized her quantitative and qualitative research skills as a Healthcare Analyst at Analysis Group, a health economics consulting firm. Her primary research interests lie in the relationship between life-time maternal stress and child neurodevelopment. In her free time, Taiji loves all outdoor activities and baking (and eating!) sweet treats.

 

Jacqueline Cuellar
MPH, Public Health Nutrition

Jacqueline Cuellar

Jackie Cuellar is a first-year graduate student in the Public Health Nutrition MPH program. She is originally from Minneapolis, and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she earned her BS in Nutritional Sciences. Before starting school at UC-Berkeley, she served with AmeriCorps, teaching at an adult education program mainly for new immigrants and refugees. Her interests include food systems, food policy, and childhood obesity prevention. She is currently a member of CalSTAPH working on a project with the Department of Health and Human Services creating health profiles for the American Territories and Freely-Associated States. She also enjoys volunteering with the Alameda County Community Food Bank on the weekends.

Joyce Lee
MPH, Public Health Nutrition

Joyce Lee

Joyce Lee is a first-year MPH student in the Public Health Nutrition concentration. She earned her B.S. in Physiology and Neuroscience at UC San Diego in 2014. She then worked in STEM-emphasized academic enrichment programs for elementary and middle schools before transitioning to work with Chinese immigrants at a Los Angeles relocation agency. Her interest primarily lies with school nutrition programs and interventions to decrease childhood obesity and type II diabetes within vulnerable populations. During her free time, she enjoys hiking in the Berkeley hills and watching Korean variety shows.

Services for Current Students

Welcoming Space with Snacks Students are welcome to come to the DREAM Office in 461 University Hall to hang out, eat snacks, have lunch, and study on our couches! This is also where our biostatistics and epidemiology tutoring and librarian office hours take place.

Campuswide support for diverse students
The Berkeley campus offers many wonderful resources for students; many provide support for particular groups of students. The links below will connect you to some of these resources should you find the need for additional support.

Additional opportunities for diverse students

  • The annual “Careers in Cancer Disparities Research” Summer Institute, part of the Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research, takes place at UCSF and UCLA.
  • The Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship is a transatlantic educational program for American and European graduate students sponsored by Humanity in Action.
  • Learn about Pre-Health Dreamers, a nationwide network of students, educators, and allies whose mission is to support undocumented pre-health students.