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Ben Austin

Pharmacist, Ingersoll Pharmasave

Stephanie Austin

Medical School student

Stephanie Austin chose the Health Studies program because it seemed like the “ideal pre-med program,” combining natural and social science courses.

Rose Harrison

Rose Harrison

Principal, Harrison Health Collaborative Inc

Health informatics may not be a term you’re familiar with – but if you’ve visited a hospital or clinic lately you have likely seen it in action. People like Rose Harrison are using information technology to better manage the health care you receive.

Judy Kruger

Senior Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

What does the University of Waterloo and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta have in common? Well-respected international reputations and Dr. Judy Kruger.

Phuc-Nhi Phuong

Public Health Planner, Region of Waterloo Public Health

If you asked Phuc-Nhi Phuong (Health Studies ’04, Master of Public Health ’08) to create a job description based on her university experience, her current position as a Public Health Planner for the Region of Waterloo would be it!

Gaby Sabados

Midwife, St. Jacobs Midwives

As a midwife, Gaby Sabados (Health Studies '99) requires a diverse set of skills. A strong clinical background is necessary in order to provide the best evidence-based care for clients, but she also requires the communication skills and the capacity to build relationships in order to become a trusted partner in care.

Patrick Seliske

Epidemiologist

For Patrick Seliske (Health Studies '78), the decision to attend Waterloo was simple – it was the Canadian leader in health studies and health promotion. Now working as an Epidemiologist for the Child and Family Health Division (CFHD) of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH), he also credits the program for providing him with the unique opportunity to study epidemiology.

Doris Winfield

Physician

Dr. Doris Winfield (MD, Health Studies '89) didn’t always know what she wanted to do with her career, but with the support of friends and professors who she met in Health Studies she found her fit by pursuing a career as a physician.

Astha Ramaiya

Astha Ramaiya

Health promotion advocate

Astha (BSc '07) graduated from Waterloo’s Health Studies program, and her passion for health promotion and social justice led her to internship placements in Nepal and work in Tanzania.

Lana and Andrew in a hospital

Lana Vanderlee and Andrew Mitchell

Co-creators of BABU (Bringing About Better Understanding)

When AHS graduates and current PhD students Lana Vanderlee and Andrew Mitchell went to Nepal as volunteers, it didn’t take long for them to discover a serious problem.

Photo of Dr. Ramchandani

Dr. Rohit Ramchandani

Founder & CEO @ Antara Global Health Advisors

Christina Marchand.

Christina Marchand

Social entrepreneur

Social entrepreneur Christina Marchand (BSc ’14, HEALTH, MPH candidate) launched FullSoul to raise money for mothers and babies in Uganda.

Erika McMullin

Erika McMullin

Student, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Erika McMullin is passionate about making a change in Canadian Health Systems. Going through the Master of Health Evaluation (MHE) program has helped her take a step closer to achieving that goal, as she now applies her knowledge of health evaluation to improve government initiatives and health programs. Currently working with a dedicated team at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Erika hopes to continue collaborating with stakeholders and conduct creative interventions to improve patient care for the community.

Rick Pittman

Rick Pittman

Policy, Planning & Research Analyst, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

As a Policy, Planning & Research Analyst and also studying in the Master of Health Evaluation (MHE) program, Rick Pittman believes the recipe to success is self-discipline and efficient time management. For Rick and for many other working professionals, the self-paced, online format of the MHE is perfect because it allows flexibility for studying and for learning new material.

Babak Rashidi

Babak Rashidi

Internal Medicine Physician, The Ottawa Hospital/Queensway Carleton Hospital

As an Internal Medicine Physician, Babak Rashidi takes on various roles to contribute toward improved patient health care at two of the biggest hospitals in Canada's capital city. Completing University of Waterloo's Master of Health Informatics (MHI) program has connected him to the rising field of health technology, as he has contributed to projects such as CANImmunize, a user-friendly app that's helping Canadians keep track of their immunizations. 

Merryn Maynard

Merryn Maynard

Program and Operations Coordinator, Meal Exchange

Merryn Maynard works at Meal Exchange, a national charitable organization that advocates for student food security in postsecondary institutions around the country. Her experiences both with pursuing an MSc in Public Health and Health Systems and becoming a finalist in the 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) competition have helped her successfully transition into her role as a Program and Operations Coordinator, working passionately to making a change to improve ’good food for all’ on Canadian campuses.

Miriam Klassen

Miriam Klassen

Medical Officer of Health, Perth District Health Unit

As a former physician in a small Ontario practice, Miriam Klassen decided to shift her work from one-on-one health care provision to address broader population health issues. Now working as Medical Officer of Health at the Perth District Health unit, her Master of Public Health degree allowed her to focus her knowledge and understanding for the new role.

Pemma Muzumdar

Pemma Muzumdar

Communications Coordinator, National Collaborating Centres for Public Health

Pemma Muzumdar credits the University of Waterloo's Master of Public Health (MPH) program for teaching her the importance of maintaining a strong learning network, developing collaborative practices, and sharing knowledge and resources in an online environment. Now working as Communications Coordinator at the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health her experience in the program has positively impacted her career.

Harnoor Rangi

Harnoor Rangi

Senior Consultant, Deloitte Canada

Harnoor Rangi gained hands-on experience and technical skills that launched him into a new career even before graduating from the Master of Health Informatics (MHI) program. Now employed as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte Canada, he works with big analytical companies to maximize production efficiency for a variety of businesses. 

Eden Amare

Eden Amare

Program Evaluator, Toronto Public Health

While juggling full-time work, part-time online studies, volunteering with the Canadian Evaluation Society, and networking with health professionals, Eden Amare created a peer network of connections and resources that has opened doors to opportunities that have launched her new career. Eden credits the Master of Health Evaluation (MHE) program for giving her the confidence and knowledge she needs to truly make a difference for diverse populations in her role as Program Evaluator at Toronto Public Health.