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MHALT President Michael Barkema Wins 2017 Upsilon Phi Delta Scholarship

Michael Barkema was awarded the 2017 Upsilon Phi Delta Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year, made possible through the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. As a member of the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society, Michael was also recognized for his academic success as a graduate student and serving as president of the Master of Health Administration Leaders of Tomorrow (MHALT). MHALT is a student organization that aims to provide social, professional, networking opportunities for MHA students. It serves as a conduit between students and faculty—almost like a student government—also providing opportunities to network outside of the classroom and office.

Michael is completing his Master of Health Administration at Mason. As he explains, “I chose Mason because of the flexibility in program. I work full time as a Pathologists’ Assistant (PA) for Inova Fair Oaks, so I needed that flexibility and close proximity. With Mason being in the DC area, it wasn’t only convenient for me but also close to professional organizations, hospitals, and more. While traditionally many PAs would go to medical school, I was interested in a different path. My primary career experience was clinical, so my degree is giving me the expertise in the business part of it so that I can move into a different role. I am also impressed by how much professional experience the faculty have and their connections to the surrounding health care systems. The range of experience and diversity amongst the professors is very impressive. Mason has done a great job of preparing me for where I want to go.”


Recent MS Nutrition Graduate Sara Kohn Rhoades Awarded Best Student Research

Sara Kohn Rhoades, recent graduate from the MS Nutrition program, was awarded “Best Student Research” at the annual Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior conference. Overseen by Dr. Sina Gallo, Nutrition & Food Studies, Sara developed a nutrition education program (“CHEW”) for Latino families with a child who is overweight/obese. She found the 6-month program was well-accepted by families and led to positive changes in children’s weight.


GCH Graduate Student Heather Davies Receives Outstanding Student Research Poster Award

Heather Davies received the Outstanding Student Research Poster Award at the 2017 Annual Conference of the Virginia Public Health Association, held in Richmond in April. Heather’s was one of 22 posters presented by students representing the 7 Masters’ in Public Health programs across the state. Read more.


GCH Graduate Student Suyane Viana de O. Mesquita Receives Student Poster of Distinction

Suyane Viana de O. Mesquita, a GCH Master’s in Public Health student, was awarded the national "Student Poster of Distinction" award at the American Academy of Health Behavior conference in March 2017. Suyane’s poster featured her research on exploring vaccine decision-making among uninsured Latin-American immigrant adolescent females and their primary female caregivers. Read more.


Health Administration Student Kate Sheridan Receives Scholarship from AUPHA

After returning home from a semester at Oxford, HAP student, Kathryn (Kate) Sheridan discovered that received a $500 award from the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) in her absence. Read more.


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