Student and Alumni Spotlights

A requirement of the Bloustein School undergraduate public health/health administration and the Master of Health Administration programs are professional practice internships. Many of our students in these programs secure internships in some of the New York/New Jersey area’s most prestigious hospitals and health care institutions. This year, our students are gaining experience among the healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our urban planning and public policy students — at both the graduate and undergraduate levels —  are also seeing much of what they learn in the classroom put into action on a daily basis. Many have shared their stories of how their internships, and the pandemic, are shaping their career aspirations.

We also hear from our alumni out in the field. They are sharing how the pandemic has completely changed the workflow and direction of their chosen disciplines — processes in healthcare institutions, policy decisions being crafted and put into action faster than ever before, and discussions that may change the way we plan and construct the cities, towns, and neighborhoods of the future, to name a few.

If you a Bloustein student or alumnus and want to share your story about working, volunteering, or how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting and/or changing your career, drop us a line at

MHA Candidate: Thomas J. Kayal II

Illness marks a point in the lives of many; at that point, they become vulnerable and dependent on others, thus making a patient’s faith and healthcare providers vital to their healing process.

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MHA Candidate: Yasir Shakoor

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are challenged with keeping abreast of fast policy changes to the healthcare system and we must be able to quickly adapt to said changes.

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