Full-Time Students

Get to know a few of HPM's full-time students


Gabe Cahn arrived at the Mailman School after working full-time for seven years. Upon graduating from the University of Chicago, Gabe began working at Epic, implementing scheduling, registration, and patient movement software as part of their EHR suite. He also worked as a Research Analyst for Gartner, crafting reports for CIOs of Fortune 100 companies on technology strategy. Later, he partnered with clients in implementing and optimizing EHR software as a consultant. A full-time MHA student, Gabe is looking to develop the managerial and quantitative competencies to advise healthcare organizations on strategy, operations, and technology utilization. This summer he plans to work at BDO Advisory in their Healthcare practice.


Taylor Jordan’s undergraduate education in public health at the University of Georgia piqued an interest in healthcare, particularly in the areas of access, quality, knowledge, and inequities. Following graduation, these interests, in combination with a curiosity for healthcare operations and management lead her to Emory Healthcare’s Operations Development Program. She worked at Emory for two years as an operations analyst focusing on leveraging technology to improve patient access-specifically leading the implementation of a ticketing system that transformed and streamlined the way Emory made changes to physician’s schedules. Currently, a first year Master of Health Administration candidate at the Mailman School of Public Health, Taylor’s career aspirations involve healthcare technology product development, product/systems implementation, and project management. Additionally, she is passionate about developing cultural competence within healthcare organizations. Taylor is also a Corris Boyd Scholar and a recipient of the Columbia University Fund for Public Health Leadership Scholarship. This summer, Taylor will be interning at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Hospital in the operations department assisting with improving patient flow and patient experience.


Juan C. Rodriguez arrived at the Mailman School following a six-year career at SalaUno, a social enterprise specializing in eye care for the poorest and most marginalized populations in Mexico. Juan C., a founding member, spent the first four years managing the Operations Department.  By implementing strategies from Lean Manufacturing and the Toyota Production System, Juan C. contributed to improving SalaUno’s operations, increasing patients’ satisfaction, reducing costs, and improving quality. For the last two years, he was the Manager of SalaUno’s Surgical Center, focusing on streamlining processes and reducing costs. As an HPM student pursuing a certificate in Comparative Effectiveness Outcomes Research (CEOR), Juan C. is integrating his industrial engineering background and professional experience with the analysis of health outcomes and study of cost-effective interventions to improve the performance of healthcare organizations. Juan C. is from Mexico City, and he received his bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México – ITAM.


Before coming to Mailman, Izabella Zant was a student at the University of Michigan studying psychology and international studies (Go Blue!). During undergrad, she had the opportunity to work globally with the NGO Humanity First throughout rural areas of Guatemala, along with interning at the University of Ghana School of Public Health, investigating delivery based trends and pregnancy- related anxiety. These experiences, combined with personal interests, solidified her commitment to public health. She chose to come to MSPH in order to further understand domestic and international policy, particularly as it relates to mental health and access to care. As a graduate student, Izabella has become a member of the HPM Social Media Campaign, as well as a research assistant and contributing writer at the Columbia University Global Mental Health Program (CMHP). Additionally, Izabella has spent her spring semester supplementing her education as the Access Campaign US Intern at Doctors Without Borders (MSF), tracking policy as it relates to access to medications and pharmaceutical research and development (R&D). This summer, she will be interning at the World Health Organization (WHO) Mental Health & Substance Abuse Policy Department, working on the WHO MiNDbank and QualityRights initiatives, promoting human rights approaches and policy to mental health treatment globally. In her free time, Izabella enjoys blogging, museum hopping, cycling at Washington Heights local studio, Push Pedal NYC, in addition to exploring all of the amazing food New York has to offer!"