DrPH Student Profiles

Matthew Lee

Matthew ChangDegree program: DrPH

Areas of interest: Health promotion • Implementation research • Dissemination science • Intervention design • Program evaluation • Structural interventions • Sustainability • Policy planning • Health care reform • Safety net programs • Collective agency • Political economies • Comparative effectiveness • Cost-effectiveness • Quality improvement

Education: MPH, Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University (2014)
BA, Anthropology, English Literature, Washington University in St. Louis (2012)

Matthew enters as a first year DrPH student and a Rowe Family Fellow through the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion. Most of his experience has been in health promotion, with an interest in dissemination and implementation science. Matthew aims to bring together frameworks and methods used in health promotion and health policy research to better understand how public health theories, knowledge, and programs intersect at the structural level with politics and the public sphere. He also seeks to explore how to better integrate sustainability into program and policy planning.

Matthew was previously with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and has worked on projects through the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the NYS Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University. He received his MPH from Columbia University with a certificate in Health Promotion Research and Practice, and his BA from Washington University in St. Louis with majors in Anthropology and English Literature, and a minor in Public Health.

Cohort Year: 2016

Mobolaji Ibitoye

Degree Program: DrPH   

Areas of Interest:
Sexual and reproductive health • HIV/AIDS • Social determinants of health • Implementation science • Health disparities • Translational research • Program evaluation

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

Biographical Note:
Ibitoye 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. Ibitoye 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

Tracy Pugh

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

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

Biographical Note:
Broadly, Pugh 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, before 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. She is a recipient of the Initiative to Maximize Diversity institutional training grant.

Cohort Year: 2014

Alexander Martos

Degree program: DrPH

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

MPH, Community Health Sciences, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
BA, Public Health Policy, University of California, Irvine School of Social Ecology

Biographical Note:
After completing his BA at the University of California, Irvine, Martos worked as a health educator at high schools throughout Los Angeles, with a primary focus on sexual health education. Martos 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 Los Angeles Gay and 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