Meet our 2023-2024 Dean's Scholars

The following undergraduate students were granted admission into our MPH program due to their hard work and dedication in the public health undergraduate degree. 

Dean's Scholar Program

The Dean’s Scholars Program is a prestigious program for current UB undergraduate students studying public health to be offered acceptance into UB’s School of Public Health and Health Professions Master of Public Health program. Students are selected for their outstanding academic achievement and our goal is to make the transition into graduate studies as seamless as possible. Dean’s Scholars are offered direct acceptance into UB’s MPH program with no application or fees required. In addition to this seamless acceptance, Scholars are offered a stipend to be used towards the cost of attendance. The Program offers a unique and seamless path for Scholars to continue their academic career and complete their graduate studies. 

William Cohen.

Hello! My name is William Cohen, and I am a recent graduate from UB's public health Bachelor of Science class of 2023. As an incoming freshman, I was initially a biomedical science major to pursue dentistry. After my first semester at UB, I decided to switch my major to public health while at the same time taking courses that are aligned with the pre-dental track. The reason for the switch in major was my first-year seminar, which was a course on the chronic disease of type 2 diabetes. I was fascinated with preventing a highly prevalent condition affecting people worldwide, including members of my family. From that point on, I would learn everything UB had to offer on improving health through prevention to enhance the quality of life and decrease the strain that the burden of disease/injury has on our healthcare system.

During my time at UB, I worked as a manager in the Student Union, became certified as a New York State EMT, and held multiple internships at dental practices. My achievements at UB have been gratefully recognized as being inducted into the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health and selected as a dean's scholar. I am excited to begin my master's in public health, with a concentration in health service administration, this fall, 2024, at the University at Buffalo. I plan on applying to dental school in the near future to combine my knowledge of public health and dentistry to better the world's health.