Alumni Member

Melissa Ramprashad

When did you graduate from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health?


What additional degrees or training do you have?


How did you become interested in your field?

I took an epidemiology class in my fourth year of my undergraduate degree and found it really interesting. Upon further research I decided to pursue my MPH.

 Tell us about any interesting projects you are working on.

At the Ministry of Health I work predominantly with narcotics and OHIP data.

What do you enjoy most about your current career position?

I really enjoy the flexibility of the position and how easy it is to get involved in numerous projects. It made it easier to discover what area I found the most interesting and wanted to focus on.

In what ways has your experience at the School had an impact on your career and who you are today?

A lot of the classes I took were directly helpful with my current position.

 How did your experiences at the School help you to overcome obstacles you’ve faced as a public health professional?

My experiences at the school have helped me deal with competing deadlines and working in a demanding environment.

What advice would you give to younger alumni or current students who aspire to follow a similar career path?

Try different practicums! They are great for figuring out what area of public health you are the most interested in.

What would you say to a prospective student who is considering the School?

It’s a great school that helps you build a lot of connections through meaningful practicums.