DrPH Student Profiles

Alexander Martos


Email: ajm2230 [at] columbia.edu

Degree program: DrPH

Areas of interest:  
Sexual health, behavior, and knowledge • sexual education curriculum development and evaluation • sexual minority populations

Education:
MPH, Community Health Sciences, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
B.A., Public Health Policy, University of California, Irvine School of Social Ecology

Biographical Note:
After completing his B.A. at the University of California, Irvine, Alexander worked as a health educator at high schools throughout Los Angeles with a primary focus on sexual health education. Alexander went to UCLA for his MPH, where he served as co-Chair for the student organization Queers for Public Health. As an Albert Schweitzer Fellow, Alexander created a sexual education curriculum for gay men. Alexander has also interned with the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and supported research on sexual orientation and gender policy through the Williams Institute in the UCLA School of Law. Alexander currently works as a graduate student researcher at the Society, Psychology, and Health Research (SPHERE) Lab at the Mailman School of Public Health. During his doctoral training he plans to broaden his expertise in sexual minority health and develop skills in intervention development and evaluation.

Cohort Year: 2013

 

Tracy Pugh


Email: tp2464 [at] columbia.edu

Degree Program: DrPH   

Areas of Interest:
Social determinants of health • health and social policy • social justice and inequalities  •  structural racism  • stigma  • punishment  • mass incarceration  • drug policy  • resilience  •  vulnerable populations

Education
MHS, Health Policy, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
BA, Sociology, Cornell University

Biographical Note:
Broadly, Tracy is interested in understanding the intersections of policy, punishment and stigma. Prior to Columbia, she worked to advance a public health approach to drug policy for New York at the Drug Policy Alliance and, previous to that, at the New York Academy of Medicine. She has extensive experience engaging in policy research and advocacy related to health disparities and social justice, in partnership with nonprofits, government agencies, community stakeholders, advocates and policy makers. Tracy is currently a recipient of the Initiative to Maximize Diversity institutional training grant.

Cohort Year: 2014

 

Mobolaji Ibitoye


Email: moi2104 [at] columbia.edu

Degree Program: DrPH   

Areas of Interest:
Sexual and reproductive health • HIV/AIDS • social determinants of health • implementation science • health disparities • translational research • program evaluation

Education:
MPH, Behavioral Science/Health Education & Epidemiology, Saint Louis University 
BA, Biology, University of Rochester

Biographical Note:
Mobolaji is interested in sexual and reproductive health, with a particular focus on HIV/AIDS. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, she worked at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, collaborating on several studies involving the use of various biomedical HIV prevention strategies including rapid HIV self-tests and microbicides in at-risk populations. She was a member of the HIV Center’s New Media Core, facilitating the use of different new media technologies in various research studies at the Center. She also worked briefly with the Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  Prior to that, she worked on various projects for a community-based maternal and child health program, coordinated and taught a sexual and reproductive health education program, and worked in the health care sector for several years. She is a recipient of the Initiative to Maximize Student Development institutional training grant.

Cohort Year: 2014