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PFRH E-NEWS Winter 2021

Education Happenings

Welcome New PFRH Students

PFRH welcomes 7 new PhD students and 50 new Master’s students for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Doctoral Students

(with area of interest)

  • Morayo Akande
    Women’s, Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Breanna Calhoun
    Maternal, Fetal and Perinatal Health
  • Stacy Lu
    Maternal, Fetal and Perinatal Health
  • Tori Rockwell
    Child Health
  • Jean Christophe Rusatira
    Women’s, Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Krista Woodward
    Child Health
  • Emily Young
    Adolescent Health

Master of Science in Public Health Students

(per area of interest)

Adolescent Health
First Name Last Name Degree
Yael Hamburger MSPH
Jiadian Wang MSPH
Child Health
First Name Last Name Degree
Joyce Chung BA/MSPH
Yuanyuan Ding MSPH
Anna Fiedor BA/MSPH
Riya Gupta BA/MSPH
Elton Marcus MSPH
Shoshana Oppenheim MSPH
Tiffany Persaud MSPH
Maternal, Fetal and Perinatal Health
First Name Last Name Degree
Samantha Alarcon Basurto MSPH
Jordyn Britton MSPH
Maanasa Chitti MSPH
Chelsea Contreras MSPH
Gabrielle Foster MSPH
Olivia Girvan MSPH
Jovial Karenzi MSPH
Fouzia Khan MSPH
Ahylexus Kidd MSPH
Tanesha Mondestin MSPH 
Angel Nkwain MSPH
Nkem Okoli MSPH
Anya Scott-Wallace MSPH
Anya Thakur MSPH
Monika Watat MSPH
Population and Health
First Name Last Name Degree
Lana Aldos MSPH
Deidhre McGeough-Prendergast MSPH
Matthew McGough BA/MSPH
Andrea Rodriguez-Villafane MSPH
Women's, Sexual and Reproductive Health
First Name Last Name Degree
Ruby Ahaiwe MSPH
Jamila Asker MSPH
Suvasini Balaji BA/MSPH
Tanique Bennett BA/MSPH
Carinna Emilio MSPH
Emma Fernandez MSPH
Kiersten Gillette-Pierce MSPH
Carrie Haney MSPH
Kayla Hurt MSPH
Shivani Kumaresan BA/MSPH
Foujan Moghimi MSPH
Aries Nuno MSPH
Alena Pappas MSPH
Anne Ruble MSPH
Janna Rudolf MSPH
Emily Sanchez MSPH
Isabella Sarria BA/MSPH
Erica Selznick BA/MSPH
Huda Tauseef MSPH
Shira Tikofsky MSPH
Nadia Wang MSPH
Natalie Zapoteco MSPH

Master in Health Science, Online/Part-time

Maternal and Child Health

  • Landon Krantz
  • Madeline Quasebarth
  • Sharmada Subramanian
  • Lauren Szafran
  • Hillary Warner

Master in Health Science

Women's, Sexual and Reproductive Health

  • Nalina Orprayoon
  • Michaela Fogarty




SUMMER INSTITUTE June 7-18, 2021

Data to Policy in PFRH Institute

In June 2021, we launched the inaugural Data to Policy Institute in Population, Family and Reproductive Health, with generous support from Bayer.  Activities supported global learners to become leaders of the next generation of initiatives aimed at supporting family planning and sexual and reproductive health, with a focus on low and middle-income countries.  Following a highly competitive selection process, we were delighted to welcome 38 accomplished Bayer Scholars to the inaugural virtual program. Our learners came from 16 countries, and each was affiliated with a Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health initiative.  The Bayer Scholars brought a wealth of experiences ranging from city reproductive health coordinators, to regional program managers, to monitoring and evaluation officers; these experiences made for highly stimulating interactive discussions.

Directed by Sally Safi, PhD, assistant scientist in PFRH, the Institute offered seven courses taught by Bloomberg School of Public Health faculty.  Three of the seven courses focused specifically on family planning and reproductive health; these courses included Using Data to Design and Evaluate Family Planning Policies and Programs, Advocating for Global Reproductive Health, and Strategic Leadership Principles and Tools for Health System Transformation in PFRH.  Critical thinking skills were advanced in three additional courses including Critically Evaluating the Science for Policy and Practice; Creating, Implementing and Monitoring Budgets for Projects and Programs; and Introduction to Program Evaluation in PFRH. One course offered instruction in incorporating Youth Voice in Public Health.

Feedback from Summer Institute participants was overwhelmingly positive.  When asked about the best aspects of participating in the program, one Bayer Scholar remarked on two features:

“One, the experienced facilitators with vast knowledge and a true commitment to transfer that knowledge to course participants, and two, the opportunity for me to exchange my thoughts, ideas, and experiences with the fellow students from different countries and cultures.

Plans are already underway for the June 6-17, 2022 Summer Institute!  Join us!