Current Graduate Students

Renee Martin
Refugee health outcomes, global and domestic equity and delivery of care, maternal and children’s health outcomes

Ashley Stephens
Biomedical ethics, community health outreach and trust, interdisciplinary healthcare models

Juliana Buccino
Her research interests include maternal and infant health, midwifery and doula services, birth outcomes, community health outreach, preventative care throughout life, integration of holistic healing in healthcare, and sexual and reproductive health. After completing her master’s at Vanderbilt, Juliana plans on attending nursing school to become a Certified Nurse Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner.

Christopher Gross

Christopher is interested in how individual patient and provider narratives interface and influence each other, as they relate to quality of health service delivery. Examining this intersection provides evidence for improving both patient experience, provider efficacy, and healthcare team dynamics.  My other area of interest is global health, particularly psychosocial barriers such as social/cultural stigma and health belief models. After completing Social Foundations of Health, he plans to backpack through Europe. Then, I will pursue an MD/MPH degree.

Kristin Hill

Garret King

Katie Marrero

Her research interests focus on racial and ethnic health disparities focusing more specifically on men’s health. Katie hopes to apply this in a local and global setting. She plans to work in clinical medicine after obtaining her masters.

Jessica Meyer

Robert Sacks
His research interests are cultural constructs of health, medical technologies, disability studies, and mental and physical health disparities.  After the MHS 4+1 program, Robert intends to pursue a career in clinical medicine.

Else Sharp

Brian Smith

Jori Turner


Kelly Dennen
Kelly is employed by InVivoLink, a healthcare technology company in Nashville, where she interned as part of her 4+1 MA research. She completed her MHS research project in the Dominican Republic. Check out Kelly’s blog about her experience in the DR. Her research interests include health promotion, healthcare technology, global disease prevention, exercise and nutrition, and integrative health solutions.

Matt Goldstein
His research interests include preventative medicine and healthcare delivery to lower and middle income countries.

Elina Nektalova
Graduating summer 2014, Elina is traveling for a year as an MHS affiliate with International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) studying traditional medicine. Then, she is off to New York Medical College to pursue an MD/MPH. Her research interests include gender dichotomies, health disparities, global public health, and healthcare delivery.

Registration and Graduation
Meet with your faculty advisor to discuss courses for Fall 2014. Registration instructions and Registration Related Forms are available through Vanderbilt Graduate School. Graduate students taking an independent study with a faculty member or requesting permission to receive graduate credit for an undergraduate level or professional course should complete and submit these forms by the first day of class.