Scholars

The Pitt Public Health’s incoming class will include seven Dean’s Public Health Scholars. This recently established program supports outstanding incoming master’s students from each department who receive a 50 percent tuition scholarship to support up to two years of full-time graduate study.

Get to know a few of Pitt Public Health’s current scholars:

Meet joint-degree student Alyssa Amendola (BCHS/GSPIA), Coverdell Fellow

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The Peace Corps showed Alyssa Amendola that she wanted to pursue public health. She chose Pitt because of our focus on global health, eclectic research interests, and strong faculty. Her time in the Peace Corps also helped prepare her for graduate school. "I gained a new perspective that I would not have otherwise [and] I am getting more out of my graduate experience than I would have if I had not volunteered with the Peace Corps."   

Meet joint-degree student Laurenia Mangum (BCHS/SocWk), Coverdell Fellow

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Laurenia Mangum worked within the children, youth, and family sector in the Philippines while in the Peace Corps. “The BCHS program compliments my social work background and serves as a great transition from the Peace Corps. It meets my needs without compartmentalizing the studies into one particular focus…but rather provides the opportunity for the student to customize his or her own studies.”  

Meet Molly Shiflet (HPM '19), Hershey Scholarship Awardee

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“From a very young age I knew I wanted to pursue a career in service and helping others, says Molly Shiflet. “The field of public health seemed like a perfect fit.” When the time came to look at graduate schools, Shiflet says she immediately was drawn to Pitt Public Health for its strong national reputation and “seemingly endless” opportunities for students.  

Meet Manasa Pallapolu (MHA '19), Hershey Scholarship Awardee

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Manasa Pallapolu discovered she had an interest in health care administration while on the pre-med path at Drexel University. After graduation, the Fairfax, Va., native worked as the head of medical billing at a psychiatric office, where she was exposed to “a completely different side of health care.” She decided to return to school to pursue a Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree. 

Meet Kristina Boyd (BIOS '19), Dean's Scholar

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After landing a research position at the Massachusetts General Hospital Biostatistics Center, Kristina Boyd was encouraged to pursue public heath as a career. In addition to serving as a research assistant in the UPMC Department of Emergency Medicine, she is a wife and mother to a 2-year-old. Though balancing motherhood and graduate school can be difficult, she wants people to know that "it is possible and it is so worth it."  

Meet Chandler Caufield (HPM '20), Dean's Scholar

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Pittsburgh native and MHA/MBA student CHANDLER CAUFIELD (HPM ’20) was familiar with the city’s burgeoning medical sector buoyed by world-class hospitals and universities; however, it wasn’t until she worked in the industry that she discovered health care was the field for her. "Eventually, I landed on health care administration because it seemed like the perfect intersection of my interests and skills as well as my passion for improving the pati... 

Meet Eva Chernoff (MMPH ’19), Dean's Scholar

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“I was raised not to think of myself in terms of ethnicity but rather to have my own experiences,” says Eva Chernoff. Her experiences in medical school and working in the Philippines “have influenced my career motivations toward clinical practice among diverse, underserved populations affected by the social determinants of health.” At Pitt, she hopes to learn more about community-based participatory research and methods in qualitative research. ... 

Meet Alyson Harding (EPI '19) Dean's Scholar

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The opportunity to “blend hard science and research with service for the purpose of improving health and living conditions” is what finally drew Alyson Harding to public health. With degrees in anthropology and chemistry and experience working with Habitat for Humanity, she is interested in disaster epidemiology and researching health outcomes of disaster situations. “The biggest reason I chose Pitt Public Health is the amazing culture of the sc... 

Meet Megan Hoenig (HUGEN '19), Dean's Scholar

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“Pitt checked every single box." The Plano, Texas, native and graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in genetics and biomedical sciences found it all and more at Pitt Public Health. "I chose Pitt Public Health because of the Genetic Counseling Program,” she says. “It’s the second oldest GC program in the country, but is always up to date with the latest in the field."   

Meet Mikaela Kosich (EPI '19), Dean's Scholar

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Mikaela Kosich, graduate of Harvey Mudd College, discovered epidemiology was an option just two weeks before graduation, but it wasn’t until she returned home to Mays Landing, NJ, and observed first hand gaps in medical care and inequities in health outcomes that she decided to pursue a career in public health epidemiology. She is confident her education at Pitt Public Health will provide her with a solid foundation.  

Support Scholarships

Even small contributions can really add up when supporting scholarships at Pitt Public Health. Give online or contact the school's development team by e-mail or phone (412-624-5639) to discuss how you can help make a difference.

As featured in print

You may have noticed this story in the Winter 2018 issue (PDF) of the Pitt Public Health alumni magazine.

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