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Minority Students for the Advancement of Public Health

What is MSAPH

Minority Students for the Advancement of Public Health (MSAPH) is a student organization with the UIC School of Public Health. The purpose of MSAPH is to strengthen the underrepresented student graduate experience by providing opportunities to build supportive networks and social bonding within the UIC community. MSAPH builds these networks through its meetings, events, and activities that focus on academic support, professional growth, peer networking, and community service.

MSAPH holds monthly general meetings in the Student Lounge on the first floor SPHPI. The goal of out monthly meetings is to provide important information to support your academic and professional development, as well as opportunities for social and civic engagement. Out meetings also provide a supportive environment to facilitate peer networking.




Minority Students for the Advancement of Public Health has adopted the motto "Lifting As We Climb." The motto represents out dedication to building a supportive system for students as we embark on our careers in public health. Graduate school can be an extremely demanding endeavor. There will be challenges to overcome on your path to success.

MSAPH exists so that you do not have to make your journey alone. We are committed to providing you with the tools that are critical to helping you achieve academic and professional success. If you need support for personal, academic, or professional reasons, we encourage you to contact any member of the executive board, or the MSAPH adviser. Most importantly, remember that you can succeed in graduate school. None of us would have been accepted if we did not possess the skills needed for success in graduate school and beyond.


  • To provide an atmosphere that will assist underrepresented graduate students in achieving academic and professional success
  • To act as a strong voice for the underrepresented graduate community by actively dealing with issues that affect the growth and success of MSAPH members
  • To work with the School of Public Health administration in recognizing and addressing the needs of MSAPH members
  • To represent MSAPH in a manner that will command respect admiration from fellow graduate students, administrators, and professors
  • To provide positive role models for students involving area professionals
  • To provide leadership opportunities for students that will help them develop the skills and work habits needed to enhance their future professional growth
  • To emphasize the importance of contributing to the community by encouraging students to volunteer their time with various organizations, and become more politically active in issues pertaining to out communities
  • To assist students in identifying employment and financial assistance opportunities through positings, job fairs, and networking events


Allison Delgado


MPH; Community Health Science & Global Health

Hometown: Elgin, IL

Fun Fact: I lived in Uganda for 2 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer and I love Gummie Bears



Jamesetta Mator


MPH; Maternal & Child Health

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Fun Fact: I was born and raised in West Africa.



Gayatri Sanku


MPH; Epidemiology & Global Health

Hometown: Naperville, IL

Fun Fact: I play the violin and my favorite book is the Life of Pi.



Stephanie Sanz


MPH; Epidemiology, Maternal & Child Health

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Fun Fact: I’ve lived on the west coast, east coast, and midwest- plus Mexico!



Marcella Hernandez


MPH; Community Health Sciences & Pre-medical

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Fun Fact: I’m a complete boss at air hockey. I welcome worthy opponents.



Meghana Menon

Events Coordinator

MPH; Health Policy & Administration

Hometown: Austin, TX

Fun Fact: As a child, instead of playing with toys, I would act like a dog (luckily I grew out of this).


School of Public Health



Fall 2015 Office Hours (9/8-12/8): 

Tuesday 12-1pm

Wednesday 1pm-2pm

Thursday 11am-12pm



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