College of Public Health Graduate Student Association

The College of Public Health Graduate Student Association at the University of Iowa was established to expand opportunities in professional development and outreach, discuss student issues, and create a greater sense of community for all students in the College of Public Health.

Aims and Functions

  • Develop a sense of community among all graduate students in the College of Public Health
  • Coordinate communication among student organizations in the College of Public Health
  • Expand opportunities for student professional development
  • Facilitate student dialogue with local, state, and national organizations


Membership is open to all students enrolled in a CPH graduate degree program. Contact an officer for more information. Meetings are held twice a month, and meeting minutes are available.

CPHGSA Board (2019-2020)

President: Elliot Burghardt

A portrait of Elliot Burghardt of the Department of Biostatistics in the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa.

Elliot Burghardt is in his fifth year in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) as an MD/PhD student in Biostatistics. He has a BS in bio-engineering from Clemson University. He hopes to promote the congenial atmosphere of UI and the College of Public Health, helping CPH students connect with other graduate and professional students. He aims to serve as an advocate for CPH students and their well-being.




Vice President: Hailey Boudreau

A portrait of Hailey Boudreau of the University of Iowa College of Public Health.Hailey Boudreau is an MPH student in the Community and Behavioral Health department and MS in Urban and Regional Planning student. She received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University in Dietetics in 2013 and is a practicing registered dietitian. She is a member of the College of Public Health Graduate Student Association, University of Iowa Graduate and Professional Student Government, Urban Planning Student Association and College of Public Health Ambassadors. Hailey also volunteers as a dietitian for Camp Hertko Hollow, a camp for kids and teens with diabetes, and is a co-producer and host for the From the Front Row Podcast. Her interest areas include food, nutrition, healthier communities, and food systems.


Vice President: Juan Gudino

An image of Juan Gudino at the University of Iowa College of Public HealthJuan Gudino is a second year MPH student in Epidemiology. He is originally from Mason City, Iowa—attending the University of Iowa for his undergraduate career where he obtained his BA in psychology. His current research focuses on the health effects of immigration enforcement and immigration bond, where he is working on a national report on recommendations for cash-bail reform in the U.S. incarceration system. As a member of CPHGSA, Juan hopes to promote interdepartmental activities among faculty, students, and staff.



Vice President: Michael Niles

An image of Michael Niles at the University of Iowa College of Public HealthMichael Niles is a second year MPH student in Occupational and Environmental Health. He has a BA in interdepartmental studies—health science with a global health emphasis from the University of Iowa. His current research and work interests include occupational injuries, sports injuries, and chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.




Treasurer: Monica Ahrens

An image of Monica Ahrens at the College of Public Health

Monica Ahrens is a fourth year Biostatistics PhD Student. She has a BS in mathematics from the University of Iowa. She is currently working on applied research in various areas, including car and bike crash studies. This is Monica’s second year as a member or CPHGSA, and she is looking forward to serving the student body again.




Communications/Web master: Chelsea Keenan 

An image of Chelsea Keenan at the University of Iowa College of Public Health Chelsea Keenan is a second year MPH student in Health Management and Policy. She is originally from Tampa, Florida, and has a BS in journalism from the University of Florida. Before coming back to school, she worked as a reporter at the Cedar Rapids Gazette, where she covered the state’s transition to Medicaid managed care, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Iowa, and other health care issues.



CPHGSA Representatives (2019-2020)

At-large: Elliot Burghardt

Biostatistics: Monica Ahrens

Community and Behavioral Health: Hailey Boudreau

Epidemiology: Juan Gudino

Health Management and Policy: Chelsea Keenan

Occupational and Environmental Health: Michael Niles


Meeting Minutes (2019-2020)


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