Making a Difference

Students enroll in the School of Public Health to improve the health of communities, not to enter lucrative careers. Their ability to live out their high ideals is directly related to our ability to provide financial aid. The generous support of our donors helps us create scholarships to attract the best students, reduce their debt burden, and open doors to worthy careers in public health. In this series of profiles, you’ll meet outstanding students who are thriving at YSPH—students whose aims and accomplishments are brought to fruition through endowments.

Summer Internships


Tammy Chen - OLAGA, Apia, Samoa

Tammy Chen worked on two maternal-child health projects in Samoa.


Melanie Curry - Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Melanie Curry studied Leptospira with researchers from the Federal University of Bahia and Fiocruz (the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation).


Allissa Desloge - WHO, Geneva, Switzerland

Allison Desloge interned at the World Health Organization in the Unit for the Management of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs).


Chris Fanikos - Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA

Chris Fanikos interned at the Division of Pharmcoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics (“DoPE”) of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.


Marleen Jones-Peel - Fair Haven Community Health Center, New Haven, CT

Marleen Jones-Peel worked on health literacy and diabetes health outcomes at the Fair Haven Community Health Center with a team from Student Partnerships in Global Health.


Marina Marmolejo - Los Angeles, California

Marina Marmolejo collected nutritional data for SPY, a drop in center for homeless and transient youth in Los Angeles.


Sophie To - OLAGA, Apia, Samoa

Sophie To did independent research as a Downs Fellow on body size perceptions and potential weight stigma experiences among Samoan adults.


Victoria Shirriff - PAHO/WHO, Washington, DC

Victoria Shirriff studied foodborne disease outbreaks in Latin America and the Caribbean for the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization at their Washington, DC...


Sydney Wade - CDC, San Juan, PR

Syndney Wade worked as a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dengue Branch as an epidemiology team intern in San Juan, Puerto Rico.