Who We Are
Graduate Students for Public Health (GSPH) is a Registered Student Organization that strives to connect currently enrolled graduate students with the faculty and staff of the Department of Global and Community Health. GSPH also provides its members with networking, and community service opportunities as well as professional development activities.
GSPH is open to all graduate students in the Department of Global and Community Health.
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GSPH Executive Board
Syreen Goulmamine, President
Syreen is a second-year Master of Public Health Student concentrating in Epidemiology. She is currently serving as the president of Graduate Students for Public Health and sits on the ARIE Student Voice working group at Mason. Syreen received her BS in Biology, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Spanish from Randolph-Macon College (RMC) in 2019.
Alongside her graduate studies, Syreen works in the public health and biopharmaceutical space in various roles. In addition, she currently serves as the President of RMC’s Young Alumni Board, a Youth Action Council Fellow for the Virginia Domestic Violence Action Alliance and an ENRICH Fellow for Enventure, a Texas non-profit focused on scientific innovation. Her public health interests include chronic disease/genetic/reproductive epidemiology, global health, health equity, and advocacy. As President, Syreen is excited to bring her love for public health and career development to create exciting programs for incoming and current students. Outside of work and school, Syreen enjoys creating art and writing poetry.
Amira Benkahla, Vice President
Amira is a first-year Master of Public Health student concentrating in Epidemiology. She currently serves as the vice president of Graduate Students for Public Health. In May 2022, she received her Bachelor of Science in Community Health at Mason.
Her public health interests include infectious disease and surveillance, reproductive health, and health equity. As VP, she is excited to enhance her public health knowledge by connecting with fellow public health students, faculty members, and alumni. Through GSPH, she hopes to foster an environment that will allow students to network and connect as well as provide opportunities that will allow students to expand their skillsets through networking and professional development events hosted by GSPH. When she is not working or studying, Amira enjoys reading, baking, and trying out new restaurants in the DMV area.
Sumaiya Irfan, Treasurer and Secretary
Sumaiya Irfan is a first-year Master of Public Health student concentrating in Epidemiology. She will be serving as this year’s GSPH treasurer and secretary. Sumaiya graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.S. degree in Cell and Molecular Biology.
Sumaiya works as a laboratory technician at George Mason’s Institute For Advanced Biomedical Research. Sumaiya's interests are in chronic disease epidemiology and infectious disease epidemiology and surveillance. As treasurer, Sumaiya hopes to create opportunities for GSPH members to learn from and connect with public health professionals. Outside of work and school, Sumaiya enjoys nature photography and reading books.
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