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 (2021-2022)
President: Redwan Bin Abdul Baten
Redwan is a fifth year HMP PhD candidate with a focal area in health economics. He is currently working on his dissertation looking at the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on access to care and health status outcomes. Redwan also serves as the President of the Bangladeshi Students Association and is a member of the Public Health International Student Advisory Board (PHISAB). Previously he has served as the Graduate Co-chair of the International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) and Health and Safety Chair of the Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) of the University of Iowa.
Vice President: Ris Kallem
Ris Kallem is a second-year master’s student in biostatistics. Currently, she is serving as Vice President for our Graduate Student Association (CPHGSA) and the Biostatistics Student Organization (BSO). In her free time, she enjoys playing board games, cooking, and going on adventures with friends.
Treasurer: Tyler Baccam
Tyler Baccam is a second-year MS in Epidemiology student here at the College of Public Health. He is also pursuing a Certificate in Emerging Infectious Diseases and has interests in vector-borne diseases. As a member of CPHGSA, Tyler hopes to bring students together from all departments to bolster social and professional connections. In his free time, he enjoys video games, anime, running, and sports.
Communications/Web master: Hannah White
Hannah White is a second year MS student in Industrial Hygiene under the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health. She is also earning her Certificate in Agricultural Safety and Health. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and baking.
CBH Representative: Sydney Zarate Sada
Sydney Zarate Sada (she/her/hers) is a second-year MPH student in the Community and Behavioral Health Department. She received her bachelor’s in Anthropology with minors in Biology, Spanish, and Global Studies from Southeast Missouri State University. In addition to being a student, she is a graduate research assistant in the CBH department. Outside of school and research, she enjoys running, cycling, coffee, and baking.
John is a first-year student completing his MPH in Health Management and Policy. He is currently a member of the University Lecture Committee and operates his own local music lesson studio, OctavEd. When not studying health policy, John loves cooking, playing sports, and shopping in Kalona, IA.
CPHGSA Representatives (2020-2021)
Biostatistics: Ris Kallem
Community and Behavioral Health: Sydney Zarate Sada
Epidemiology: Tyler Baccam
Health Management and Policy: Redwan Bin Abdul Baten
Health Management and Policy: John Dickens
Occupational and Environmental Health: Ernesto Mendez
Occupational and Environmental Health: Hannah White