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Umaima Abbasi

From Pakistan to New York City: Alumna strives to improve vaccination programs

Umaima Abbasi, BA ’20

Umaima Abbasi, BA ’20, has encountered many reasons to care about addressing vaccine-preventable diseases. She grew up in Pakistan, where few immunizations were available and several infectious diseases ran rampant in her area, including malaria, dengue and polio. And in 2020, she lost her mom to the COVID-19 pandemic before vaccines were widely distributed.

Lloyd Lyons

Focus of alumnus is 'always on the people'

Lloyd Lyons, BA ’19

Even while wading through rafts of spreadsheets, profit reports, inventory assessments and analyses of retail store efficiencies, Lloyd Lyons, BA ’19, never loses sight of the real reason he is here, working as a manager of customer experience strategy for CVS Health. Lyons is one of the 95 students who made up the first cohort of public health majors at Michigan Public Health in 2019.

Alex Fox

Former music major finds harmony in healthcare leadership journey

Alex Fox, MHSA ’20

For Alex Fox, MHSA ’20, being analytical has always been a part of his personality. Mix that in with being a “little bit business oriented with a sense of doing good in the world” and pursuing a Master of Health Services Administration was a perfect fit.

Dr. Rob Davidson

Beyond the ER: Using public health and advocacy to be a better doctor

Rob Davidson

Dr. Rob Davidson has served patients in his community for nearly two decades in a rural west Michigan ER. Using that experience he's become a vocal advocate for state and national policies to expand affordable healthcare to all patients. He discusses how he's earning his MPH as an online master’s student, while battling COVID-19 on the frontlines and fighting for health care policy in the media.

geremy lowe mph

Loved ones' health struggles drive MPH student to improve care for all

Geremy Lowe

Geremy Lowe chose to earn his MPH in the hopes that he could better the conditions of the health care systems that he’s watched friends and family struggle to navigate. He’s now taking on two graduate-level degree programs to learn to use health data and history to reimagine the experience that vulnerable populations face in healthcare.

Kristi Thomas, MPH '22

Pandemic Galvanizes Dentist to Study Public Health

Kristi Thomas

As much of our society began to shut down in April 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kristi Thomas was just gearing up to take on a new chapter in her career. She is now earning her MPH in Population and Health Sciences while she continues to lead the University of Michigan School of Dentistry's Community Dental Center.