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Welcome to our Current Student and Alumni Page

The Global Health MA Program accepted the first cohort of students in Fall 2020. View our current cohort of students and our alumni.

Current Students (Class of 2021)

  • Natalie Allen

    Natalie Allen

    Undergraduate Major: Reed College Anthropology Major

    Global Health Interests: Vaccine Hesitancy, Health Misinformation, Maternal Health, Mental Health, Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Global Health Field Experiences: Volunteer Doula with UCSD Hearts & Hands Behavior Therapist, Family Guidance and Therapy Center

  • Mustafa Baqai

    Mustafa Baqai

    Undergraduate Major: UC San Diego Physiology & Neuroscience Major, Global Health and Literature/Writing Minors

    Global Health Interests: Health Equity, Structural Violence, Border & Transnational Healthcare, Ethnography, Psychiatry & mental health, Narrative Medicine, and Decolonizing Medicine

    Global Health Field Experiences: Coordinator for HFiT (Health Frontiers in Tijuana) Student-run Free Clinic, Undergraduate Research Assistant for Hnasko Lab (Department of Neurosciences, UCSD SOM), Healing Hearts Across Borders Volunteer, Joy De La Cruz Art & Activism Intern at UCSD Cross-Cultural Center

  • Senuri Boralessa

    Senuri Boralessa

    Undergraduate Major: UC San Diego Human Biology Major, Global Health Minor

    Global Health Interests: Health of Low-Income Communities, Maternal/Child Health, and Refugee Health

    Global Health Field Experiences: Basic Needs Assistant at UCSD The Hub Basic Needs Center, Student Observer for the UC Regents Special Committee on Basic Needs

  • Dev Desai

    Undergraduate Major: UC San Diego Human Biology Major, Global Health Minor

    Global Health Interests: Health of Low-Income Communities, Maternal/Child Health, and Refugee Health

    Global Health Field Experiences: Basic Needs Assistant at UCSD The Hub Basic Needs Center, Student Observer for the UC Regents Special Committee on Basic Needs

  • Rebecca Donham

    Rebecca Donham

    Undergraduate Major: UC San Diego Global Health Major

    Global Health Interests: Medical Education, Community-Driven Improvements, Perception, Engagement, & Effects of Health Care, Medicine, Medical Policies, and Wellbeing; Integrative Healthcare; International Biomedical Ethics & Relations

    Global Health Field Experiences: Research Assistant for Institute of Pediatric Regenerative Medicine, UC Davis School of Medicine, & Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Site Leader for Alternative Breaks International Service-Learning for Healthcare & Environmental Sustainability, Palomar Healthcare Pathmaker Intern, Secretary for American Mock World Health Organization, Volunteer EMT for Cosumnes Fire Department, Emergency Department Technician for Sutter Hospital, Volunteer Medical Assistant for UC Davis Medical Center, Outpatient Clinic for Shriner's Hospital for Children- NorCal, Assistant for Mass Casualty Relief Preparation Program, Advocate for Mental Health Services in California Community Colleges, Student with Health Frontiers in Tijuana Student-run Free Clinic, Presenter for UC San Diego Health System Morbidity and Mortality Grand Rounds Conferences

  • Nicole English

    Undergraduate Major: UC San Diego UCSD Third World Studies Major

    Global Health Interests: Immigrant Health

    Global Health Field Experiences: Intern at the Health Frontiers in Tijuana clinic

  • Alicia Gaidry Sykes

    Alicia Gaidry Sykes

    Undergraduate Major: United States Naval Academy Chemistry Major, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Medical Doctorate

    Global Health Interests: Pediatric Surgery, Global Surgery

    Global Health Field Experiences: Research Experience

  • Janneiry Garcia

    Janneiry Garcia

    Undergraduate Major: UC San Diego Human Biology Major, Global Health Minor

    Global Health Interests: Reproductive and Maternal Health, Empowering Communities through Health Education, Racial Health Disparities, Health Equity

    Global Health Field Experiences: Student Health Advocate, Director of the Community Health Worker Program for the International Health Collective, Medical Interpreter for the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project, Youth Refugee Mentor for the International Rescue Committee

     

     

    jfg007@ucsd.edu

     

  • Nhi Nguyen

    Nhi Nguyen

    Undergraduate Major: UC San Diego Human Biology Major

    Global Health Interests: Geriatric Health, Infectious Disease Prevention and Control, Health Education

    Global Health Field Experiences: Clinical Psychology Research Intern, Biomedical Research Assistant, Alzheimer's San Diego Volunteer, Life Course Scholar

  • Shayna Orensztein

    Undergraduate Major: UC San Diego Global Health Major

    Global Health Interests: Women's Reproductive Health, Immigrant & Refugee Health, Mental Health, Health Policy, Global Health Program Design & Evaluation

    Global Health Field Experiences: Research Assistant at UCSD Moores Cancer Center with the Adolescent and Young Adult Survivorship Care Study, Relay Committee Member for Colleges against Cancer, Research Assistant for UCSD's Center for Global Mental Health

  • Francisca Rivera

    Francisca Rivera

    Undergraduate Major: Citrus Community College Biological Science & Social and Behavioral Science Major, UC San Diego Global Health & Sociocultural Anthropology Major

    Global Health Interests: Migrant and Immigrant Health

    Global Health Field Experiences: Public Health Officer, Clinic Coordinator and Co-President of UC San Diego's Flying Samaritans

     

    frivera@ucsd.edu

  • Rachel Siretskiy

    Rachel Siretskiy

    Undergraduate Major: UC San Diego General Biology and Global Health Double Major

    Global Health Interests: Women's Health, Migrant Health, Health Equity Policy, Health Access

    Global Health Field Experiences: Palomar Pathmaker Internship

  • Andrea Villanueva

    Andrea Villanueva

    Undergraduate Major: UC San Diego Global Health Major

    Global Health Interests: Infectious Diseases, Forensic Epidemiology, Women’s Health, Bioethics, Health Policies

    Global Health Field Experiences: Medical Intern at the Kausay Wasi Clinic in Coya, Peru

  • Rachel Yim

    Rachel Yim

    Undergraduate Major: UC San Diego Human Biology and Global Health Double Major

    Global Health Interests: Medical Anthropology, Decolonizing Education

    Global Health Field Experiences: Emergency Medical Technician, Flying Samaritans, UCSD Student Run Free Clinic, Undergrads4cola

  • Juan Carlos Ruiz Malagon

    Undergraduate Major: UC Davis Chicanx Studies Major and Public Health Sciences Minor

    Global Health Interests: Immigrant's Health Rights, Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health, LGBTQIA+ Health Equity, Health Equity of Migrants, Social Justice within Healthcare Policy, Healthcare Access of Marginalized and Disenfranchised Communities of Color

    Global Health Field Experiences: UC Davis School of Medicine: Clinica Tepati, Blum Grant Recipient, UC Davis Knights Landing Environmental Health Project Mental Health Research Coordinator

Alumni (Class of 2020)

  • Cortni Bardier

    Cortni Bardier

    Undergraduate Major: UC San Diego Global Health Major, Communications Minor

    Global Health Interests: Reproductive and Maternal Health, Epidemiology, Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Management

    Global Health Field Experiences: Student Health Advocates Program, Peer Health Coach

     

    cbardier@ucsd.edu

  • Rachel Brand

    Rachel Brand

    Undergraduate Major: UC San Diego Global Health Major

    Global Health Interests: Alternative Mental Health Approaches, Empowering Women through Health Education, Intergenerational trauma studies

    Global Health Field Experience: Mental health Initiatives, Research and Faciliation, Principal Board Member of Triton Recovery Group, Students for Global Health, and Underground Scholars

     

    rbrand@ucsd.edu

  • Megan Cruz

    Megan Cruz

    Undergraduate Major: UC San Diego Global Health Major

    Global Health Interests: Geriatric population health, Non-communicable Diseases, Racial Health Disparities, Health Equity, Health Policy

    Global Health Field Experiences: Hospice Volunteer in Mission Valley

     

    mhcruz@ucsd.edu

  • Hector Godinez

    Undergraduate Major: UC San Diego Global Health Major and Human Biology Major

    Global Health Interests: Microbiology, LBHT Health, HIV/AIDS, Globalization, Infectious Diseases

    Global Health Field Experience: Lead Student Health Advocate Coordinator specializing in Acohol and Other Drugs, Undergraduate Research Assistant for Knight Lab (UC San Diego Pediatrics), Health Communications Intern for County of San Diego Chronic Disease and Health Equity Unit, Metro San Diego Service Center Intern for MEals on Wheels San Diego County, Well-being Cluster Student Advisory Board (WCSAB) Revelle College Representative

     

    hgodinez@ucsd.edu

  • Yesenia Gonzalez Zavala

    Undergraduate Major: UC San Diego Global Health Major

    Global Health Interests: Border Health, Homelessness in Developed and Undeveloped Countries, Non-communicable Diseases

    Global Health Field Experience: Coordinator for UCSD/UABC Health Frontiers in Tijuana (HFiT) Binational Clinic, HIV+ population Researcher, UCSD Global Health Brigades Spanish-English translator

  • Tiana Mcmann

    Tiana Mcmann

    Undergraduate Major: UC San Diego Global Health Major

    Global Health Interests: Refugee Health, Refugee Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Traumatic Brain Injury

    Global Health Field Experience: Clinical Research Assitant for Cognitive Impariment in Parkinson's Disease, Quantitative Sensory Test Administrator for Veterns with Traumatic Brain Injury, Mohs Micrographic Surgery Assistant for Basal Cell or Squamous Cell Carcinoma Patients

     

    tmcmann@ucsd.edu

  • Ashli Perkins

    Ashli Perkins

    Undergraduate Major: UC San Diego Global Health Major

    Global Health Interests: Women's Health, MEntal Health, Socioeconomic Health Disparities, Health Education

    Global Health Field Experience: Center of Global Mental Health at UC San Diego Intern

     

    aperkins@ucsd.edu

  • Michelle Vazquez Godinez

    Michelle Vazquez Godinez

    Undergraduate Major: UC San Diego Global Health Major, Sociology Minor

    Global Health Interests: HIV/AIDS, Sex Work, Sexual Health and Sexual Health Education, Infectious Disease in Developing Countries

    Global Health Field Experience:  Ethnographic Research of HIV/AIDs and Sex Work in Bangkok, Thailand, UCSD Perception in Cognition Lab Electroencephalography and Behavioral Lab Volunteer, All of Us Research Program Volunteer

     

    mav014@ucsd.edu