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Applications for the 2022 PHP Fellowship are closed. Accepted fellows will be notified by mid-December 2021, and will start in February 2022.

Eligibility: Fellows are Boston University MPH students with an interest in health communication. The 2023 fellowship will run from February 2023 through January 2024, and applications will be available in Fall 2022. Typically four students are chosen for the PHP fellowship. Fellows receive a $12,000 stipend for the year (approximately 15 hours weekly).

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Rubina Veerakone

Rubina Veerakone


Rubina Veerakone is an MPH candidate at the Boston University School of Public Health. Her interests include maternal and child health inequities, health law and policy, social epidemiology, and how the humanities relate to public health. If not fascinated by history, she’s most likely getting lost in songs and movies, or discovering ways in which science meets story.

Maya Thirkill


Maya Thirkill, MPH graduated from  Boston University School of Public Health with a certificate in epidemiology and biostatistics. She currently serves as an ORISE Fellow at the U.S. Human Resources and Services Administration in the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Maya’s experience volunteering with community health organizations in underserved communities has shaped her interest in reproductive and social epidemiology. She is fascinated by storytelling as a tool for health literacy and constructing a culture of health. Maya spends her leisure time hiking, writing, and watching documentaries. She plans to merge her passion for storytelling and health education in health-oriented films and literature in the future.

Devin O'Donnell

Devin O’Donnell


Devin O’Donnell is an MPH candidate at the Boston University School of Public Health focusing on community health and human rights. She is interested in the intersection of climate change and health, more specifically how community mobilization and cohesion are necessary for mitigation and adaptation efforts. Devin is working with the BUSPH Program on Climate and Health and the American Red Cross in these realms. In her free time, you can find Devin reliving her bakery days or exploring the nearby trails.

Sara Mar

Sara Mar


Sara Mar is an MPH candidate at the Boston University School of Public Health focusing on health policy and law. She is interested in how cross-sectoral policies can be better written and implemented to tackle health inequities. Sara is passionate about working with communities to ensure their needs are reflected in local policies, especially around issues of environmental justice, LGBTQ rights, and access to health services. In her free time, you can find Sara roaming the outdoors with camera in hand, or planning her next travel adventure.


Teresa Wood Kett

Managing Editor

Teresa Wood Kett, MPH, joined Public Health Post in April 2021 after 15 years managing programs in a local public health department. Her work varied widely but included community vaccination, school health, emergency preparedness, tobacco prevention, mental health, communication and most recently, Covid-19 pandemic response. She’s a Boston University School of Public Health alum who worked as a daily newspaper reporter prior to finding her way to public health.

Jennifer Beard

Associate Editor

Jennifer Beard, PhD, MA, MPH, is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health. She was a co-principal investigator for the multi-study Ghana Operations Research for Key Populations project. The nine qualitative studies focused on the HIV prevention and other needs of young female sex workers and their intimate partners, prisoners, men who have sex with men, post-secondary female students, women who work in bars, people who inject drugs, and people living with HIV at risk of dropping out of antiretroviral therapy.

Michael Stein

Executive Editor

Michael Stein is the chair of the Department of Health Law, Policy & Management at the Boston University School of Public Health, executive editor of Public Health Post, and co-author of PAINED: Uncomfortable Conversations about the Public’s Health with Sandro Galea and BROKE: Patients Talk about Money with Their Doctor. He is a physician and health services researcher who is an international authority on the intersection of primary care, mental health, and substance use disorders.