Graduate Students for Public Health

George Mason University Graduate Students for Public Health

Who We Are

Graduate Students for Public Health (GSPH) is a Registered Student Organization that strives to connect currently enrolled graduate students with the faculty and staff of the Department of Global and Community Health. GSPH also provides its members with networking, and community service opportunities as well as professional development activities.


GSPH is open to all graduate students in the Department of Global and Community Health. For more information, contact president Reginé Bumper (email)

Important Dates 

GSPH will meet once a month during the fall semester. Meetings will be held online via Webex. Meeting information can be found on GSPH's social media and Mason360. Meeting dates:

  • September 15 at 7:30pm
  • October 6 at 7:30pm
  • November 10 at 7:30pm
  • December 1 at 7:30pm

The 2020-2021 GSPH Executive Board

Reginé Bumper, President


Regine Bumper - photo

Reginé is a second-year Patriot pursuing a degree in the MPH in Global Health. She currently serves as President of Graduate Students for Public Health. Reginé attended Shenandoah University where she received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science. Her interest in global health peaked when she traveled abroad to Rwanda, Uganda, Haiti, and Thailand and knew that it would take more than her scope of knowledge in exercise science to help improve the lives of thousands. Reginé’s public health passions include maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS advocacy, health equity, and education. As President, Reginé is eager to continue the work GSPH has done in increasing the improvement and professional development of members. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, exercising, dancing, and finding new recipes to cook! 

Aya Abdo, Vice President


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Aya is a second-year MPH candidate, concentrating in Global Health. She is currently serving as the Vice President of Graduate Students for Public Health (GSPH). Aya also received her Bachelor of Science in Biology at GMU. Her public health interests include infectious diseases, social justice, refugee and women’s health, and epidemiology. As Vice President, Aya hopes to apply her skills and diverse background towards broadening the voice of Public Health students and provide an enjoyable and effective experience during the COVID-19 pandemic

Virina Matta, Treasurer


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Virina Matta currently serves as the Treasurer of GSPH as a second-year MPH candidate with a concentration in Epidemiology. The reason she joined GSPH was because she was excited to connect with like-minded individuals who are also passionate about people and their health. By being a part of GSPH, she looks forward to connecting and providing opportunities to those studying Public Health regardless of their concentration. Virina was able to get into the accelerated Master’s program and George Mason University after majoring in Global and Community Health with a concentration in clinical science. The reason she chose Epidemiology to be her concentration is that its combined things she loves a lot math and science.  She is also interested in research and has been a part of several research projects with OSCAR. Her most recent project was with Dr. Weinstein through the Model systems Knowledge Translation Center, where she was able to bridge the gap between research and those who utilize it. This project was very important to her given the fact that research is conducted for the benefit of those who need it, and this allowed her to help her serve this purpose. In the future, Virina hopes to work in an international organization so that she is able to serve the undeserved both locally and globally. When not in class, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as playing soccer, ice skating, and playing ping pong.

Neela Sampath, Secretary


Neela Sampath - photo

Neela is a second-year MPH candidate concentrating in Global Health. She currently serves as Secretary of Graduate Students for Public Health (GSPH). In May of 2019, Neela received her Bachelor of Science in Community Health from GMU. Her public health interests include HIV advocacy, maternal and child health, and infectious diseases. In conjunction with her education, Neela plans to integrate her cultural knowledge/competence, international experiences, and personal life experiences, to advance the health of many lives around the world. She aspires to advocate for undeserved and marginalized populations in hopes of reaching and maintaining health equity among all communities. As secretary, Neela looks forward to enhancing her public health knowledge by collaborating with members of the community to increase public health awareness and practices throughout the DMV area. When Neela is not at school or work, she enjoys dancing, photography, and eating!

Michele Richoux, Communications Coordinator


Michele Richoux

Michele is glad to serve as Communications Coordinator for GSPH this year. As a third year MPH candidate studying Public Health Practice, she hopes to provide helpful information that connects GSPH members with each other, with George Mason and with the public health community. She has a BS in Applied Biology from Georgia Tech.  Michele has some work experience in environmental compliance, and a lot of volunteer experience serving public schools and military communities and promoting environmental stewardship. She is a mom and military spouse heading back to work after raising her three kids and moving their home 18 times. Michele has been wanting to begin her MPH for a long time, but never lived in one place long enough!  She is really thankful to be at such a great school as George Mason now.  In addition to her upcoming graduation in December, she has daughters who will also graduate from high school and hopefully college this year!

Connect with us on Social Media


Facebook: @GSPHatGMU
Twitter: @GMU_GSPH
Instagram: @GMU_GSPH

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