Michelle AU, MPH '19
"My public health background has been invaluable, not just to me as a practicing physician, but now as a state Senator. Social determinants of health lie at the core of every piece of legislation that crosses my desk, and having a deeper understanding of how to apply a public health lens to policy has made a more effective lawmaker."
Dr. Michelle Au is an anesthesiologist at Emory-St. Joseph’s Hospital and a State Senator representing Georgia’ 48th District. GA. Senator Au received her MD at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and stayed on for residency training in both pediatrics and anesthesiology. A decade later Dr. Au returned to Columbia to study at the Mailman School of Public Health, focusing on healthcare management and policy, and graduated with a Masters of Public Health in 2019. Dr. Au is involved in physician advocacy with the Medical Association of Georgia and is an alumna of the Georgia Physician Leadership Academy. She has helped advocate on issues around public health and policy at the state and federal level. In November 2020, she was elected to the Georgia State Senate for District 48, running on a platform on improving access to care and health outcomes in Georgia. Her interests include enhancing quality healthcare access, improving public health communication, and focusing on social equity as a key determinant of community health.
Richard Beaton, MHA '20
"The MHA program in HPM prepared me with the academic training I needed to successfully pivot into healthcare administration and consulting. The professors, career center, and alumni network helped me identify and pursue the best path for me, which eventually led to my work on the internal strategy team of a health system before pursuing a role in provider consulting at ECG."
Richard Beaton currently works at ECG as a Senior Consultant and has an established track record in operations, strategy, and health economics. He has spent his entire career focusing on healthcare and is well-versed in working with hospitals, health systems, and life sciences organizations. Before ECG, Richard was a manager in strategy and operations for Boston Medical Center Health System. There, among other responsibilities, he was on the COO’s strategy implementation team that developed critical performance improvement analyses and strategic system-wide change for a 514‑bed AMC. Additionally, Richard worked with the CEO and senior VP of ambulatory services to draft a business case demonstrating the clinical and economic value of a $1 million violence intervention program.
Tatiana Blue Dixon, MHA ‘19
"The Part Time MHA program gave me life long friends and professors who I can tap for career advice and guidance, who continue to help expand my understanding and love of public health, and who find true pleasure in lifting as they climb."
Tatiana Blue Dixon is a Program Manager in Enterprise Technology at Peloton, coordinating infrastructure builds for Field Ops and Supply Chain programs. She also assists with social impact and health and wellness initiatives across the organization. Prior to Peloton, she was a Manager of Digital Health and AI projects at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. In that role, she oversaw the implementation of AI for improvement of patient experience across call centers, as well as leading the enterprise team in the evaluation of Digital Health interventions across NYP, Weill Cornell, and Columbia. Tatiana graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Health and Societies with a concentration in Public Health and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health with an MHA.
Samuel Meyer, MPH ‘20
"My favorite part about the HPM experience was getting to learn from such experienced and dedicated faculty members, as well as my classmates who all brought their own unique expertise and backgrounds to the table. I’m grateful for the chance to know and work with so many talented, committed present and future public health professionals."
Samuel Meyer serves as a project coordinator for the New York State Department of Health’s Office of the Commissioner, where he oversees planning of special projects and assists with day-to-day operations that span the Department’s focus areas. Prior to Mailman, Sam served as a legislative assistant for the Iowa State Senate and as a legislative communications intern at the Iowa Department of Public Health in Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from HPM with a certificate in Health Policy Analysis and holds a BS in Biology from Drake University.
Atef Rafiuddin, MHA '18
"After graduating from the Mailman School of Public Health, I felt prepared with an understanding of health system fundamentals as well as the framework of evaluating and developing approaches to the challenges that affect our systems. My time in HPM gave me the foundational knowledge for my career."
Atef Rafiuddin is a public health professional working in hospital operations. As a Manager of Business Operations at NYC Health + Hospitals, Atef drives operational improvement and efficiency by leading enterprise wide initiatives. Prior to joining NYC Health + Hospitals, he served as a Project Manager and Administrative Fellow at Mount Sinai Morningside. Often wearing many hats, he was responsible for managing the Cardiac service line budget and nursing initiatives. As an Administrative Fellow, he was involved in various patient experience, ambulatory, and hospital operations improvement efforts. Most notably, Atef was a member of the hospital’s Incident Management Team where he played an integral role in COVID surge planning and managing the daily operations of the COVID Vaccine POD. Atef remains active as an alum in HPM, participating in mock interviews, acting as a facilitor on Practicum Day and serving as a mentor to HPM students.
Nidhie Singh, MPH '12
"Without a doubt, I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without my time at Mailman."
Nidhie Singh currently serves as the Executive Director and Chief of Staff to the Southern California Regional Chief Executive at Providence. Immediately after graduate school she joined Deloitte as a health care management consultant. Post-graduate school, Nidhie continued to build upon her education with targeted Epic trainings and certifications from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Nidhie has extensive experience transforming organizations to propel culture while developing a positive landscape in diverse and ever-changing environments. Additionally, she demonstrates a proven record of success developing and implementing enterprise strategies to drive strategic direction, profitability, growth, quality, and performance. Nidhie continues to propel strategic direction, profitability, and performance, as she works closely with executives and functional areas to improve the patient experience.