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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 our 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.


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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


Juan Wantig, President

MPH; Epidemiology | Biostatistics

Hometown: La Paz, Bolivia

Fun Fact: I was once in line to see Michael Jackson pass by but I was crying so much I missed him



Valeria Rios-Maldonado, Vice President

MPH; Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Hometown: Gurnee, IL

Fun Fact: I have traveled to 10 different countries


Sayuri Fujita, Events Chair

MPH; Health Policy and Administration 

Hometown: Laguna HIlls, CA

Fun Fact: I'm Japanese and Filipino, a painter, and a traveler. I've traveled to about 21 countries (and counting)


Kayla Moore, Secretary

MPH; Community Health Sciences

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Fun Fact: My favorite show of all time is Arthur. Yes, the animated aardvark. (Having fun isn't hard when you've got a library card.)


BreAna Pope, Treasurer

MPH; Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Hometown: Flossmoor, IL

Fun Fact: I look forward to going to the dentist every six months


Rodney Johnson, Outreach Chair

MPH; Community Health Sciences

Hometown: Chicago, IL



Jasmin Sanchez, Communications Chair

MPH; Community Health Sciences

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Fun Fact: I have ziplined in Costa Rica and Uganda :)


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Spring 2018 Office Hours : 

Wednesdays  12-1pm



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