Health Policy & Management

Health Policy & Management


Jeneice George

Hello, my name is Jeneice and I am a second-year Health Policy & Management student on the management track! I am from California, born and raised. I went to UCLA for undergrad and my major was in Human Biology & Society and my minor was in Global Health. I have had a passion for public health since high school. Since then, I have broadened my scope and insights into all areas of public health and have decided to land in health policy & management. I hope to work as a public health consultant and help make a wide variety of improvements and changes within healthcare facilities in the long run! I enjoy watching movies, especially horror, and going on a nice hike on sunny days and nice weather forecasts. A fun fact about myself is that I’ve traveled to Athens, Greece and toured a couple of ancient theaters, including one where the famed Julius Cesar was rumored to frequent!


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Aviance McKenzie

Hello, my name is Aviance McKenzie. I am a second year Health Policy and Management student, here at Rollins with a concentration in Management . I am from Jacksonville, Florida and I went to the University of Florida for undergrad (Go GATORS!), where I majored in Anthropology with a minor in Health Disparities. I knew I had made the right choice of attending Emory when I came to Visit Emory. The atmosphere here is so welcoming and the people that work here, staff and faculty, truly promote a positive environment.  My academic interests include health disparities as it concerns low income communities, access to care, and cultural competency among health professionals.  My personal interests included Netflix, traveling, yoga, and dogs. If you have a dog or show me a picture of one I will 100% call you my friend lol. But all jokes aside, I can’t wait to meet and talk with you all!


Hello! My name is Trevor Pugh (He/Him/His). I am a second-year student in the Health

Trevor Pugh

Policy and Management department. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, I just spent the last three years in Washington, D.C. at American University where I obtained my Bachelors of Science in Public Health. As an MPH candidate, I have an interest in improving the capacity, efficiency, and effectiveness of our health departments on the local, state, or federal level. Aside from classes, I work part time at the CDC doing data analytics for the Center of Global Health. I also serve in the Rollins Student Government Association as the University Senate representative. I am always looking for new and exciting opportunities to get involved. Being able to come right from undergrad into Emory’s MPH program is a dream come true. Rollins offers valuable coursework, exceptional faculty, and creates a welcoming environment that makes being here worthwhile. I hope that Rollins can be the same for you! Do not hesitate to reach out!


Amy Shim

Hi everyone, my name is Amy Shim. I am a second-year Health Policy and Management student pursuing a MSPH in Health Policy and Health Services Research. My hometown is Orange County, CA, and I studied Sociology and Statistics at UCLA before coming to Rollins. I have three years of post-undergrad work experience, and I’ve worked with geriatric health initiatives under UCLA Health, as well as safety and efficacy evaluations of various therapies under a pharmaceutical consulting company. My public health interests include gun violence, vaccination compliance, and HIV prevention on a global scale. Rollins is such a great advocate for students to truly pursue their research interests, and I feel so blessed to be part of this community. I currently work for the Health Informatics Branch at the CDC through the REAL program, and I’ve been doing some really interesting work on the cost-effectiveness of open-source medical record systems using real-world data. Outside of Rollins, I like catching live music, taking strolls on the Beltline, hot yoga, and painting! Looking forward to connecting with all of you!


Claire Talbert

My name is Claire Talbert, and I am a second-year MPH student in the department of health policy and management. I’m originally from Washington (the state), and I graduated from Western Washington University in 2018 with degrees in Community Health and Spanish. Immediately after, I moved to rural northern California and completed a year of service through AmeriCorps working with families involved in the Child Welfare System as part of a child abuse prevention initiative. I hope to use all of the knowledge and experience I gain at Rollins to improve healthcare access and outcomes in rural communities. In my free time, I love to hike, read, and drink coffee.



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Nayantara Venkataraman

Hi everyone! My name is Nayantara and I am a second-year Health Policy & Management MPH student on the Management track. I am originally from India, but I was born in Paris and grew up between Paris, Dubai, and Houston. I went to Emory for my undergrad, graduating in 2017 from the business school with a BBA and French double major. After graduation I moved back to Houston and worked as a communications and branding analyst for an IT consulting company. I also interned in the patient admissions department of Texas Children’s Hospital, and completed a graduate-level certificate program in public health informatics. At Rollins, I am currently involved in RSGA (Rollins’ student government) and the Emory Global Health Institute Student Advisory Committee (which I was a member of in undergrad as well). In my free time, I like to explore Atlanta, hike, try new foods, and spend time with friends. I’m super excited to be back at Emory, so please reach out if you have any questions at all about Rollins, Emory, or Atlanta in general!


Vincent Varvaro

My name is Vincent Varvaro and I am a second-year Health Policy & Management student on the policy track. I am a lifelong New Yorker and grew up in a small town near Saratoga Springs, NY. I recently graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Psychology and Sociology and came to Rollins immediately after completing undergrad. While at Stony Brook, I was able to take a Society and Medicine course, and it was that course, and the professor that taught it, that convinced me that I wanted to get into public health. Here at Rollins, I am a graduate research assistant in the Center for AIDs Research through the REAL program. Outside of Rollins, I love being active and the outdoors, as well as trying new foods! I chose to come to Rollins because of the great sense of community here as well as its location, which was a definite bonus, and I have never regretted a second of it. Rollins is a special place and I can’t wait to share how special it is with everyone!