Meet With Us

There are many ways to connect with us and learn what life is like for a public health student at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Visit our campus and go on a tour, make a one-on-one appointment with an admissions representative, speak with a current student ambassador, or attend a virtual information session. Feel free to sign up for our mailing list so you don't miss an upcoming admissions event.

Information Sessions

We hold On-Campus Information Sessions once a term, which include a presentation of the program offerings and tips on how to navigate the application process. You will have an opportunity to meet and speak with Faculty and/or Administrative Staff from the Graduate Program in Public Health.

On-Campus Information Sessions

Register here for an On-Campus Public Health Education Programs Information Session

You can also connect with us online by attending a Virtual Information Session, which includes the same information presented in the On-Campus Information Sessions. Virtual Information Sessions are typically held every month excluding summer months (July and August). Sessions are scheduled to resume in September. 

Virtual Information Sessions

Register Here for a Virtual Public Health Education Programs Information Session 

Register Here for an MS in Epidemiology Information Session

Meet with an Admissions Representative

One-on-one meetings with an admissions representative are being held virtually at this time. Campus tours and on-campus class visits are not available due to current events. Email us at if you are intersted in visiting our virtual classes. We hope to resume campus tours at a later date. Please stay tuned for updates.

To request a virtual one-on-one meeting, please fill out this form

Getting Here

Our Administrative Offices are located on the 5th Floor of West Tower of 17 East 102nd Street, New York, New York 10029.


Driving: Our offices are located on the 5th Floor of West Tower of 17 East 102nd Street, New York, New York 10029. This is in between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue, on the Upper East Side of New York City. Parking availability is not guaranteed, however there is metered street parking available on the surrounding streets. In addition, there is a parking garage located across the street from our office on East 102nd Street and a garage located at the corner of East 97th Street and Lexington Avenue.

Public transportation:

  • Subway lines 4, 5, and 6
  • Bus lines M1, M2, M3, M4, M96, M98, M101, M102, M103, M106

For further insight into student life at ISMMS, here are current student ambassadors you may contact:


General Public Health Track

Name: Sahiti Yarakala 
Specialty Track: General Public Health
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Undergraduate Institution & Major: The University of Texas at Dallas, Biology
Previous Public Health Work: Internship with victims of domestic violence, mentor for AVID program, currently research assistant focused in prenatal exposures and neurodevelopment 
Public Health Interests: Maternal health, mental health, global health
Hobbies: Portrait & food photography, weightlifting, hiking, badminton, exploring the city and traveling

Name: Wendy Barillas
Specialty Track: General Public Health with Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Concentration
Hometown: Whittier, CA
Undergraduate Institution & Major: California State University, Fullerton, B.S. in Public Health Global Health
Previous Public Health Work: I currently work at a non-profit community outreach organization as the program coordinator and internship supervisor in which I get to help organize and oversee various outreach efforts and try to bridge the gap between the community and the government or other health care agencies. I am also currently doing my applied practice experience, to help advocate for and educate on the importance of oral health in developing countries. As well as having previous experience doing various outreach efforts within the organizations I was involved in or the various internships I had held. 
Public Health Interests: Advocating for the community, bridging the gap between the community and public health, breaking down the barriers to access to care, and reforming the injustice within the health care system. 
Hobbies:  Pre-COVID I loved to go out with my friends, go to concerts, and go on random adventures around Los Angeles. Now, I mostly read, paint, do calligraphy or other crafty projects, binge various TV shows/movies, and plan some post-covid adventures.

Epidemiology Track

Name: Justine Marcinek
Specialty Track: Epidemiology
Hometown: New York City, NY
Undergraduate Institution & Major: Stony Brook University, B.S. in Human Evolutionary Biology and minor in Health, Medicine, & Society
Previous Public Health Work: As an undergraduate peer educator, I ran group trainings about how to be an active bystander in response to an alcohol overdose. As a research assistant, I studied the influence of environmental exposures (methylmercury, alcohol, and BPA) on fetal development using fruit fly models. I also conducted a research study on health literacy and ways to deliver effective and accessible information about COVID-19.
Public Health Interests: Environmental and occupational epidemiology, health literacy, Alzheimer's Disease, ALS
Hobbies: Drawing, reading, playing video games, cooking and baking, playing board games
Why did you choose to attend the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai?
I chose Icahn because its location and network offer many unique opportunities for work, research, and internships, which can provide a strong foundation for the Applied Practice Experience and future employment. I was also intrigued by Mount Sinai's reputation regarding occupational healthcare. Plus, MPH program staff were supportive and attentive from the first time I inquired as a prospective student, which helped me feel secure in my decision to attend.

Name: Lokesh Patil
Specialty Track: Epidemiology
Hometown: Jalgaon, MH (India)
Undergraduate Institution & Major: Iowa State University (Biology)
Previous Public Health Work: Volunteering at local Health care consulting organization
Public Health Interests: Community Health/Disease prevention
Hobbies: Cycling
Why did you choose to attend the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai?
After doing a lot of research on grad school, I found that  I will be able to meet the most prominent leaders in the public health field through taking courses, attending seminars, and networking through the department at Mount Sinai and I know all these connections will be valuable for years to come.

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Track

Name: Tania Chen
Specialty Track: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Hometown: Gujarat (India)
Undergraduate Institution & Major: Maharaja Sayajirao University [Baroda Medical College, M.B.B.S.]
Public Health Interests: Targeting clinical medicine interventions using public health tools to improve people's awareness about disease prevention
Hobbies: Skating and Dancing

Global Health Track

Name: Sonya Rusanov
Specialty Track: Global Health with Epidemiology/ Biostatistics concentration
Hometown: I am originally from Fair Lawn, NJ, but have lived in various parts of NYC for the last 6 years. I am currently living in the Bronx
Undergraduate Institution & Major: Queens College- CUNY and got my BS in environmental science
Previous Public Health Work: Before starting at Mount Sinai, I didn't have a lot of public health experience, but since then, I've volunteered in the Mount Sinai COVID-19 vaccine clinics for adults and children. I also did research with professors here at Sinai, studying the health effects of different household cleaning products and also working with community healthcare workers to build vaccine trust.
Public Health Interests: I am passionate about reproductive health, vaccinations, and ending injustices in health. 
Hobbies: In my spare time (lol) I love reading and watching Netflix. I am also really into podcasts, gardening, and my cats.
Why did you choose to attend the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai?
I chose Mount Sinai because I wanted to be able to do public health research. Because Mount Sinai is a major research institution and hospital system, there are a lot of opportunities for research, volunteering, and mentorship. I wouldn't have been able to have all the experiences and opportunities I have at Mount Sinai anywhere else. The public health program at Mount Sinai also has the strong social justice component I was looking for, especially focused on the health disparities between the 2 neighborhoods the campus straddles: East Harlem and the Upper East Side. 

Name: Alex Albert
Specialty Track: Global Health with Epidemiology/Biostatistics Concentration
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Undergraduate Institution & Major: Emory University, Biology and Spanish
Previous Public Health Work:
- GlobeMed – Thailand
- Sustainable Health Enterprises – Rwanda
- Planned Parenthood
- Doctors Without Borders
Public Health Interests: Maternal and child health as it pertains to the social determinants of health and racial health disparities
Hobbies: Yoga, true crime tv, thrifting, collecting plants, exploring NYC

Healthcare Management Track

Name: Tasnim Bhuiyan
Specialty Track: Health Care Management
Hometown: New Hyde Park, NY
Undergraduate Instituition & Major: Mercy College; Health Science
Previous Public Health Work: No previous public health work but currently working as an intern at Mount Sinai's Health Education Department Public Health and Racial Justice Program for my Applied Practice Experience
Public Health Interests: Health care consulting and minority communities
Hobbies: outdoor activities, reading, baking

Dual Degrees:


Name:  Abhishek (Abhi) Mogili  
Specialty Track: MD/MPH Global Health 
Hometown: Ashburn, Virginia    
Undergraduate Institution & Major: Northeastern University, Biology and Political Science
Previous Public Health Work: Worked as an EMT on an ambulance and an ER Tech at a Level 1 Trauma Center in Boston. I currently work at GMHC (Gay Men’s Health Crisis)’s testing center in Midtown as a research assistant focusing on at-home HIV testing, and also serve as a volunteer HIV/STI testing counselor.
Public Health Interests: Global Health, Military Medicine, Multinational Collaborations and Organizations, Care for Marginalized Groups, Disaster Medicine 
Hobbies: Running, biking, traveling, flying, SCUBA Diving, and hiking! (Pretty much anything outside and/or has an adrenaline rush!)
Why did you choose to attend the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai?
I choose to attend Mt Sinai for a variety of reasons, but the one that was most important to me was opportunity. Located in the center of Manhattan, Sinai is the perfect place to gain your foothold into public health due to the diverse patient population and unique intersection of social and cultural factors. Mt. Sinai as a health system has hospitals throughout the greater New York City area which makes it easy to find research, shadowing, and public health work opportunities as well as mentors. Outside of Sinai itself, NYC plays host to a variety of the world’s leading public health organization including the City’s own health department. These institutions provide us students the incredible opportunity of not only learning about public health but also allows us to give ack to the community that has provided us with these opportunities.


Name: Vanessa Rock
Specialty Track: Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
Hometown: Hometown Harlem, NY (currently in Nanuet, NY)
Undergraduate Institution & Major: Stony Brook University, Health Sciences
Previous Public Health Work: Social Worker heavily involved with maternal health for underrepresented homeless women.
Public Health Interests: Women’s Health Issues, Mental Health & Maternal Mortality 
Hobbies: Writing and binge watching good TV shows or movies.
Why did you choose to attend the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai?
Mt. Sinai is a leading organization in healthcare and education in NY. I loved the idea of being a part of a diverse program, with diverse interests and opportunities in the heart of NYC.

Name: Tessa Engel
Specialty Track: Global Health
Hometown: Hamden, CT
Undergraduate Instituition & Major: Connecticut College, majored in International Relations and Hispanic Studies
Previous Public Health Work: I lived in Guatemala prior to graduate school and worked on some projects promoting child and maternal health, as well as violence prevention and gender equity
Public Health Interests: As a public health social worker, I am interested in the nexus between mental health and reproductive health, and providing trauma-informed care to asylum seekers, refugees, and immigrants
Hobbies: I enjoy going on long walks around Brooklyn, finding the best taco trucks, running, and doing hot yoga


Name: Michelle Diaz
Specialty Track: Health Care Management
Hometown: Mahwah, NJ
Undergraduate Institution & Major: Loyola University, Biology
Previous Public Health Work: Volunteering at community health fairs and offering free diabetic foot screenings
Public Health Interests: Health Literacy 

Recruitment events have gone virtual in 2020. Please check below to see which dates and platforms we will be present on this year!

Thursday, September 10, 1 pm-4:00 pm EST
GW STEM + Health Virtual Career Connection Fair

Wednesday, September 16, 9 am-7:00 pm EST
This is Public Health Virtual Fair

Tuesday, September 29, 1 pm- 4 pm EST
Idealist Northeast Virtual Fair 

Wednesday, September 30, 4 pm- 7 pm EST
Cornell Graduate and Professional School Day

Thursday, October 8, 1 pm- 4 pm EST
Idealist West Coast Virtual Fair 

Tuesday, October 13, 12 pm-3 pm EST
TIPH Virtual Graduate School Fair 

Saturday, October 17, 12 pm-8 pm EST
2020 UC Davis Pre-Health Conference 

Thursday, November 5, 11 am-2:30 pm EST
Binghamton University Virtual Graduate School Fair

Wednesday, November 18, 9 am-7:00 pm EST
This is Public Health Virtual Fair