Connect with a Current Graduate Student

Do you have questions about what being a student in our school is like? Find out by connecting with one of our student ambassadors, who can offer insights about SPHHP and its academic programs.   

Fahed Ali.

Fahed Ali

Epidemiology & Environmental Health (EEH) MPH; EEH GSA President

Research Topics: Medication Safety, Global Health

I am currently enrolled in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program with a concentration in epidemiology. Before my enrollment in this program, I obtained my doctor of pharmacy from the University of Lahore, Pakistan. After graduation, I came to the United States in 2012, and then I took some time off from studying to gain some practical work experience in a hospital setting in New York City. After some time, I completed my master of business administration (MBA) in marketing specialization from Louisiana State University. While doing my MBA, I always wanted to do another master's in health sciences, so I applied for the MPH. 

Throughout my studies and clinical experiences, I have found that I much rather prefer working in clinical research and for better health of people. Currently I am also in a scholar’s program offered by Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center, which is a hot-spotting program that provides health professional students like me the opportunity to be a part of a multidisciplinary team in an effort to improve the quality of life for individuals in underserved communities. In addition, during my field training through “Team Alice” under the division of the Center for Successful Aging (University at Buffalo, Clinical and Translational Research Center) my research focus is to find the ways to increase medication safety for geriatric patients. After graduation, I have plans to implement my all skills (PharmD, MBA, MPH, and research) to continue working in the research and development department in a pharmaceutical company to improve medication safety.

When I’m not studying or working, I travel to various places and hang out with friends and family.

Maredyl Biscocho.

Maredyl Biscocho

Occupational Therapy

I am a fifth-year student in the BS/MS Occupational Therapy program. Before choosing occupational therapy, I became interested in rehabilitation after my volunteering experience within a nursing home, in which I learned of the empathetic and creative components involved in being a therapist.

I completed my first long-term fieldwork placement in Corning, N.Y., at an outpatient facility where there was only one occupational therapist present. I hope to advocate more for our profession, bringing awareness to our capabilities in health care and public health.

As volunteering brought me to this career path, I am a part of Alpha Phi Omega, a national service organization at UB. I enjoy spending time with friends and family through food, outdoor activities and board games.

Paige Burkard.

Paige Burkard

Master of Public Health

Research interests: health disparities, incarceration health, health behavior

I am a second-year student in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program with a concentration in individualized studies. I had also completed my bachelor of science in public health here at the University at Buffalo. When I first came to UB, public health was not a degree they had offered, so when I had the opportunity to take an introduction to public health course I jumped on the opportunity. This was not an area that I was familiar with, but I knew that it had become my passion.

Currently, I am working at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in their Clinical Research Services Department. This opportunity has made me more knowledgeable on how clinical trials are conducted, the process of entering patient data, and also seeing first-hand how important research is.

After I complete my master of public health, I hope to achieve my PhD through the School of Public Health and Health Professions. This school has taught me that while there are many health problems worldwide, there are many interventions and programs constantly evolving to help combat these. Speaking out about public health is so important, and I am glad that I have the education that I do to help spread awareness to others.

When I am not working or at school, I spend time with my dogs, family or watching a movie.