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.


In the fall 2021 semester, GSPH will meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm on Zoom.

  • September 14
  • October 12
  • November 9
  • December 14

Connect with GSPH on Mason360 for meeting details.

GSPH Executive Board

Erika Kennedy, President

Erika is a second-year Master of Public Health student concentrating in Epidemiology. She is currently serving as the president of Graduate Students for Public Health. Erika received her BS in Community Health from GMU in 2019 before taking a gap year and coming back to Mason for her MPH in 2020. Her public health interests include chronic disease epidemiology, health equity, and interpersonal violence. As president, Erika is excited to continue the previous president’s legacy in maintaining an environment in which all GSPH members can learn and grow as students, professionals, and public health advocates. She hopes to share her public health experiences in networking, grant writing, and other topics with other GSPH members. When Erika is not at school or work, she enjoys hiking with her dog, working out with friends, and exploring local restaurants.

Bethlehem Zewdu, Vice President

Bethlehem is a second-year MPH candidate, concentrating in Global Health. In May 2020, she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Virginia Tech. Her public health interests include maternal and child health, infectious diseases, development of public health infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa, and health equity. She is passionate about serving underserved communities and applying culturally competent approaches and community-based initiatives to address global health issues. As VP, Bethlehem hopes to enhance her public health knowledge, as well as the knowledge of other GSPH members, by learning from and working with fellow public health students, faculty members, alumni, and public health professionals through GSPH. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching cooking videos, and inventing recipes.

Laura Henderson, Treasurer

Laura Henderson

Laura Henderson is a second-year MPH candidate with a concentration in Epidemiology. She currently serves as treasurer of Graduate Students for Public Health. Laura graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech in 2016. Laura has worked as a cardiothoracic surgical coordinator and as an analyst for an employee benefits consulting firm. She works as a graduate research assistant for the 2021-2022 academic year. Laura's interests are infectious diseases and surveillance. Laura's goal is to use epidemiology to promote health equity and accessibility among vulnerable populations. As treasurer, she is looking forward to helping GSPH create opportunities for students to connect and learn. In her free time, she loves to hike, run, travel, and spend time with friends and family.

Pooja Agarwal, Secretary

Pooja Agarwal is a first year graduate student at George Mason University pursuing a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology. She recently graduated from George Mason University-Honors College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Sciences alongside a minor in Spanish Language. Pooja serves as the Secretary on the GSPH Executive Board for the 2021-2022 academic year. Some of her clinical research interests include maternal and child health epidemiology, infectious disease epidemiology, and clinical epidemiology. Pooja is looking forward to meeting current and prospective members of GSPH to discuss various public health interests and career paths. During the time periods in which Pooja is not studying, she enjoys trying to cook new recipes, painting, and watching movies.

Erin Brown, Communications Coordinator

Erin is a second-year MPH candidate, concentrating in Public Health Communication. She has a BA in Political Science from UC San Diego. Also, in May 2020, Erin received her Master of Public Policy with a concentration in Health Policy from GMU. She has work and internship experience in marketing and communications and currently works as a communications associate for a health and medical research advocacy organization. Her research interests include public health campaigns, risk communication, health literacy, and e-health. As communications coordinator, Erin hopes to utilize her skills and knowledge to facilitate the connection of public health students with opportunities to expand their networks and experiences through community service and professional development activities. When not working or attending classes, Erin enjoys cooking, watching movies, and biking.

Connect with us on Social Media


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

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