Connect With A Current Student

Do you have questions about what it's like being a student in our school? Connect with one of our student ambassadors! They are chosen as representatives for our school and academic programs in the community, and at student and professional events locally and nationally.   

Katelyn Benson

Community Health and Health Behavior MPH

I am currently pursuing an MPH degree with a concentration in community health and health behavior. Prior to attending UB, I earned my Bachelor of Science in biology from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. During my MPH training, I have worked as a research assistant aiding Dr. Homish’s research on the health and well-being of National Guard and Reserve soldiers. I have served as senator and treasurer for the Graduate Student Association (GSA) as a student representative on the MPH Coordinating Committee.

Elisabeth Brisley

Health Service Adiminstration MPH

I am currently enrolled in the MPH program with a concentration in health services administration. Prior to attending UB, I received a Bachelor of Science in biology from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For my field training I worked in Washington D.C. at Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, in the office of policy on a project for opioid substance abuse treatment and education.

Laura Schubbe

Huiru Chang

Biostatistics MA

I am currently enrolled in the Biostatistics MA program. Before joining the MA program I completed my MS degree in nutrition, also at UB. One of my goals is to be involved in the improvement of people’s health by applying quantitative skills to a wide variety of fields related to human health, such as non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs), global health and child growth.    

Thomas Forrester

Epidemiology MPH

I am currently going into my second year of the MPH program with a concentration in epidemiology. I finished my bachelor's in physical anthropology at UB while working for campus living and ITCS. Through the opportunities at the School of Public Health and Health Professions I have interned with the Genesee and Orleans County Department of Health and worked at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Interested in Becoming a Student Ambassador?

Student Ambassador Eligibility Information for Current Students

Are you a current student interested in being a SPHHP ambassador for the next academic year? Take a look at the information below to find out if you qualify.

Ambassador Criteria

  • Enrollment in a graduate program within the school, maintaining good academic standing
  • Knowledge of our school's programs
  • Availability to attend the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting
  • Approval by the student's program director and department chair

Role and Responsibilities

  • Represent your school at the annual APHA meeting at our booth and evening reception
  • Attend our fall open house, additional in-person recruitment events and virtual fairs/online information sessions


  • Gain leadership, presentation and networking experience – skills sought by employers
  • Membership to the American Public Health Association (APHA) for one year
  • Attendance to the annual APHA meeting, the largest gathering of public health professionals nationally 
  • Expand your network of public health professionals nationally and locally for future educational and career opportunities


  • If you are a current student and have questions about becoming a student ambassador, contact Douglas McNabb, Jr. at for more information.