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Our students are engaged. Experienced. Passionate. They are changemakers committed to making a difference. Read their stories, and think about how you might make your mark as a graduate student in public health.

Claire Berman
Currently, I am the Director of Health Education and Communication for the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS) at the Harvard School of Public Health. In this role, I lead the strategic health communication efforts for the study, identifying and addressing critical areas of need in health communication for various target audiences. These include study participants (youth), their caregivers, other researchers, and the general public. I work closely with a Health Education and Communication Committee that I have assembled to ensure that all critical perspectives are represented as we make decisions about priorities and projects to pursue.
Claire Berman
MS-HCOM
Arielle Carpenter
I am project manager of Sanofi’s Employee Wellness program. Sanofi is a French multinational pharmaceutical company headquartered in Paris, France, with offices worldwide and over 120,000 employees. As project manager, I will be responsible for the day to day management of the employee wellness program and facilitating the interaction between the working group on-site and the senior management steering committee for the project. Driven by the office of the CEO, this program will start as a pilot in partnership with an outside research organization, with eventual dissemination of materials to all Sanofi sites around the world.
Arielle Carpenter
BA/MPH
Angie Lee
I work at Management Sciences for Health (MSH), an international health organization with more than 2500 staff who are active in over 70 countries worldwide. We build the capacity of health systems and leaders, managers and policy makers to deliver high-quality, accessible and equitable health services to their populations. I support the health financing portfolio and my work spans many geographic areas including sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. Recently I provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and Social Work in Liberia to scale up a nationwide system of performance-based financing at the primary healthcare level. MSH’s work in developing nations brings complex and often ambiguous challenges; it’s what motivates me to continue developing innovative and pragmatic solutions to improve healthcare systems in the developing world.
Angie Lee
BA/MPH
Andrew Petrone
As a statistical programmer and analyst in the Division of Aging at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, I write code to create datasets and analyze data from major epidemiological cohort studies, present the results of analyses, and write manuscripts for publication in academic journals. Our research in the Division of Aging investigates the role that diet and other modifiable risk factors play in the development of hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and heart failure. Some of my past projects have included looking at the effect of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids on metabolic syndrome, chocolate consumption on endothelial function, and egg consumption on risk of developing diabetes.
Andrew Petrone
MPH
ANDREW KLEVOS
My job is with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Quarantine and Border Health Service Branch (QBHSB) under the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ). Throughout the US there are 20 CDC quarantine stations that are located at ports-of-entry throughout the country.  I am currently serving as the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) for the Miami Quarantine Station that oversees the states of Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi. The mission of QBHSB is to protect global health security; so in my role I work to prevent the introduction of, and to mitigate the spread of infectious diseases that may arrive from foreign lands
Andrew Klevos
MPH
Xin Lu
I am currently working as an International Health Communication Specialist at the Environment and Health Group, Inc., a start-up company working to strengthen the development of gerontechnology, using the latest technology to translate scientific knowledge into innovative e-health tools for elderly populations and their health care providers. My current project involves e-interventions for Chinese Alzheimer's caregivers and is funded by an NIH grant. I have been helping to create a website for the Chinese-speaking population on Alzheimer's disease.
Xin Lu
MS-HCOM
Jess Geller
I am a PhD student in Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Colorado Denver. I am also a Research Assistant in my advisor's lab. Our research focuses on health disparities in the prevention, control, and treatment of cancer among minority populations by addressing psychological, cultural, and social factors. We conduct research in both community and medical settings.
Jess Geller
MS-HCOM
Brianna Lieberman
Currently, I serve as the Director of Regional Marketing for over twenty ambulatory surgical centers. My centers are focused on the prevention and treatment of gastrointestinal disorders, such as colon cancer, esophageal cancer, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). My role as the marketing director is to stay on top of the evolving healthcare landscape of each market; to research and recommend new procedures in the gastrointestinal space; and to communicate condition and procedure awareness and treatment information to diverse populations.
Brianna Lieberman
MS-HCOM
Amy Behrens
I am currently working as a Senior Health Writer at a small company called CommunicateHealth in Northampton, MA. The company is a health education and communication firm specializing in improving health literacy through user-centered design, policy, research, and content development. I mostly write and design consumer health information for the web. It's been a great experience. I've gotten to work on projects including HealthyPeople.gov and healthfinder.gov. I am currently working on a new project with CDC, HUD, and EPA about healthy homes, which will be a website aimed at getting people to focus on how their home affects their health and how to catch problems early, when they are easier to address.
Amy Behrens
MS-HCOM
Ally Carlton-Smith
I currently work as editor of an online health magazine for high school students called Student Health 101. Our goal is to improve the health and wellness of students through engaging, evidence-based content. We cover a variety of topics, including physical activity, nutrition, mental health, sleep, substance use, and money management. The company had already hired another Tufts HCOM alumni as editor of their college edition. They were impressed with her skills, which opened the door for me.
Ally Carlton-Smith
MS-HCOM

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