Rudin Family Foundations

The Mailman School extends its deepest thanks to the Rudin Family for their incredible support through the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation and the Louis and Rachel Rudin Foundation. Scholarships like these play an essential role in the School’s ability to attract diverse and talented students and make a career in public health more accessible.

Rudin Scholars in Public Health Award

In 2002, the Rudin Scholars in Public Health Award was created by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation to recognize students with an aspiration to improve population health in New York City, the country, and around the world. Selected students represent a broad range of human experiences and backgrounds and have demonstrated both academic excellence and financial need. The most recent recipients are:

  • Miriam Musa, a Master of Public Health student in the department of Epidemiology pursuing a certificate in Global Health, interned as an undergraduate student with the African Climate Policy Centre at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Her work led her to the Mailman School, where she has become increasingly interested in the social determinants of health. Ultimately, she hopes to work with women and children in under-resourced communities to improve their health outcomes.

  • Johane Simelane, a Master of Public Health student in the department of Health Policy and Management, is pursuing a certificate in Public Health Informatics. After growing up in rural Swaziland, a nation with a high burden of HIV/AIDS, Simelane was inspired to pursue a career in public health. At the Mailman School, he plans to focus his studies on health policy and management with the goal of returning to Swaziland to work towards achieving better healthcare policies.

The Louis and Rachel Rudin Foundation MD-MPH Scholarship Fund

In 2014, the Louis and Rachel Rudin Foundation MD-MPH Scholarship Fund was established to provide financial assistance to students at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons who were also pursuing their Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at the Mailman School. The scholarship aims to reduce the financial burden for dual degree students, strengthen Columbia's ability to retain these students, and grow the program in order to benefit the patients and communities in New York and beyond—especially those most vulnerable to poor health outcomes. The first generation of scholars includes:

Michael Cloney is pursuing an MPH in the Biostatistics Accelerated Research Program to prepare for a career in academic medicine and clinical research. His goal is to become more proficient in formulating complex research questions and designing and analyzing studies to answer these questions. Ultimately, he wants to use his education to implement effective, evidence-based treatment strategies to address the healthcare problems of tomorrow. 

Elliott Huang’s interest in public health began in his medical school classes on the epidemiology of disease. By pursuing an MPH and improving his understanding of both statistics and health policy, he believes he will become a better physician, capable of creating change in populations.

Alisa Prager’s medical school rotations have reinforced the importance of understanding the social determinants of health. At the Mailman School, Prager aspires to develop a deeper understanding of research methodology and, eventually, work as a clinician-researcher to investigate medical and public health causes of disease, improve disease prevention, screening, and treatment, and reduce health disparities.