After Oxy

What happens to public health students after they graduate?

Some Oxy public health alums go directly to graduate school while others choose to work or participate in service through programs such as the Peace Corps, Teach for America or AmeriCorps. Here are examples of diverse and exciting pathways chosen by some students.

Tyler Brewington ’13 (UEP) joined the Peace Corps for 2 years after graduating from Oxy. You can read more about her Peace Corps experience at: http://brewskienguate.wordpress.com. She will be starting her MPH program at UC Berkeley this fall (2016) with a concentration on Health and Social Behavior.

Maya Anne Kumar ’13 (DWA & Spanish) is completing her second year at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health with a focus on Health Policy and Management.

Joseph Maloney ’13 (Kinesiology) completed his MPH at Vanderbilt University with a focus on global health. He remains at Vanderbilt as a Head Resident for a Living Learning Community working with resident advisors to mentor students and develop programming.

Veronica Ponce de Leon ’13 (Biology & UEP) joined Teach for America after graduating with a major in Biology and minor in UEP. She just left a community liaison position at a community health center in Highland Park and will be starting her MPH program at UC Berkeley this fall (2016) with a concentration on Environmental Health Sciences.

Cole Roberts ’13 (Biology) graduated with an MS in Epidemiology from Brown University and is working in the greater Boston area with a healthcare/life sciences consulting firm.

Brooke Staton ’13 (Psychology) moved to Northern California after graduating from Oxy. She worked at non-profit health research organization before enrolling in UC Berkeley for a dual degree in Public Health and City Planning (MPH/MCP).

Alison Flaming ’15 (DWA) is working as a Field Manager for a company that develops mobile solutions for global health. She supports their TB care and malaria prevention field programs in Lesotho, Tanzania and Ghana.

Collrane Friovld ’15 (Biochemistry) is enrolled at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Aric Ponce ’15 (UEP) is working as a researcher at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles to examine childhood obesity prevention and best practices. He is in the process of applying to medical school for fall 2017 and is considering an MD/MPH.

Cristina Checa ’16 (Philosophy) joined the AmeriCorps program and is a site coordinator for Reading Partners, which offers one on one literacy based tutoring for elementary school children who are below reading levels.

Daniela Borquez ’16 (Biology) is completing a summer internship and was recently hired as a teacher at an arts & technology academy. She is looking forward to engaging middle school students through hand-on science classes and linking her lessons to the “real world" including through a public health lens.

Miri Jane Ha ’16 (DWA) continues her work with South Los Angeles Health Project, in a position which grew out of a summer internship. Besides helping to develop and implement a successful healthy eating and physical activity pilot program for preschoolers and their parents, Jane is supporting fundraising/grant writing efforts to expand the program. 

Sofia Polo ’16 (UEP) was accepted to several graduate public health programs and will be joining the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health this fall (2016).

Evangelia Lea Theadorou ’16 (Cognitive Science) is working in Washington DC as a City Year member. She has been accepted to several graduate public health programs and is taking her year of service to decide on which school to attend.

Tyler Wilson ’16 (Biochemistry) started a post baccalaureate premed program at UCSD and is planning to apply to medical school. During his gap year he plans to look for a local public health position and also teach lifeguard certification classes.