Omar Ilyas

Choose to Act: How to Build An International NGO While Graduating from School

Omar Ilyas, BS ’19

Driven by a desire to do something about an emerging water crisis in Pakistan, Omar Ilyas and some friends started fundraising to build a well. About 24 months later, they had completed funding and construction on their 750th water well through their nonprofit Paani. The 2019 graduate is not stopping there. Read more

Briana Nelson

Total Transformation: Focus, Execution, and What We Want to Do with Our Lives

Briana Nelson

In eighth grade, Briana Nelson decided to improve her fitness. With personal initiative and family support, a lifetime passion for nutrition was born. “It was a total transformation,” Nelson says, and her ability to focus and move herself forward toward big goals is helping her achieve great things as a student-athlete and as an ambassador for health equity. Read more

Kim-Ngan Nguyen

You're Never Too Young to Have a Global Reach

Kim-Ngan Nguyen

Having immigrated from Vietnam as a child, Ngan Nguyen was inspired by the opportunities that move afforded her. Now, she’s using her public health education to support people in under-resourced countries around the globe. Read more


Always Learning and Growing: Future Physician Motivated by Health Education

Joeita Macfield

Inspired by her experiences with health education initiatives, sophomore Joeita Macfield is already putting to work what she has learned in her public health bachelor’s courses. The aspiring physician is now supporting health education for peers on-campus with a new student organization. Read more

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A Family Passion for Public Health and Service

Lloyd Lyons

Encouraged by family history, Lloyd Lyons’ long-term career started earlier than originally planned as his journey led him to joining the first cohort of bachelor’s students at the School of Public Health. Read more