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Online Master of Public Health

Meet Our Student Ambassadors

Student ambassadors are here to help prospective students learn about the Online Master of Public Health program at the University of Washington. They have a wide variety of experiences and interests. If you're interested in connecting with a student ambassador, please email our marketing and student recruitment specialist at

Kashi Arora (she/her)

Mental and Behavioral Health Program Manager | Community Health, Seattle Children's

Kashi Arora

I earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and worked on the inpatient psychiatric unit at Seattle Children’s and the Emergency Department Mental Health team for over six years. I had the privilege of supporting patients and families in crisis. After working on the reactive side of the mental health system, I became incredibly passionate about prevention. Wanting to work proactively led me both to my current role and to the UW’s Online MPH program.

For the past two years, I have worked as the mental and behavioral health program manager on the Community Health team at Seattle Children’s. We conduct the hospital’s community health needs assessment and improvement strategy — I focus on mental and behavioral health. I feel strongly about community engagement with an anti-racist approach as well as accountability. 

I chose the Online MPH program at the UW to continue to do a job I love and because of the UW’s commitment to equity and solving health disparities. I hope to work on structural and policy change related to both pediatric behavioral health and social determinants. I am also interested in program evaluation. 

I'm happy to connect with anyone interested in learning more about the program. Don't hesitate to reach out to me!

Manuel Carmona (he/him)

Deputy Director | City of Pasadena Public Health Department

Manuel Carmona

Growing up in a low-income community scarred by gang violence and substance abuse, I was motivated at an early age to explore approaches for building healthy communities. After completing a bachelor’s degree in community development and a master of public administration, I worked in a variety of municipal operations before joining the Pasadena Public Health Department.

I quickly recognized the potential of public health programs, which sparked my interest in program areas beyond my assigned duties. I set out to learn about public health concepts, including social determinants of health and health equity. In 2019, I was promoted to deputy director and decided to return to the classroom to make the most of my new role.

I was drawn to the UW Online MPH program due to the focus on health equity and social justice. While working full time, I am improving my ability to lead and facilitate upstream interventions and systems change. The virtual classes and team approach promote a thoughtful exchange of ideas and build meaningful relationships with classmates and faculty alike. The comprehensive curriculum is balanced to develop both practitioners and those interested in academia.

Now more than ever, the field of public health needs leaders capable of facilitating changes to improve health outcomes. I applaud your decision to pursue a graduate degree in the field and encourage you to contact me if you have any questions about the program or my experience at the UW.

Delores Mack (she/her)

Personal Health Services Supervisor | Public Health — Seattle & King County

Delores Mack

I am a public health nurse with Public Health — Seattle & King County and currently serve as a nurse supervisor with our COVID-19 mobile vaccination team. I hold two undergraduate degrees, a bachelor's in nutritional sciences from Louisiana State University and a bachelor's in nursing from Hampton University.

My family and I are originally from New Orleans, and we moved to University Place, Washington, in December 1994. In addition to loving on my family and friends, I really enjoy walking trails, reading, cooking and learning. My career goals include continuing to be a practicing public health nurse in the field, working in nursing leadership and teaching public health nursing on a collegiate level. Volunteerism is a major part of who I am, and I enjoy working with community based organizations that focus on advocating, educating and advancing the African American community.

The UW Online MPH program is a perfect fit for me academically and allows me to work full time and be a full-time student. The curriculum is allowing me to improve my current work and is preparing me for the leadership roles I hope to attain in the future.

I welcome any student who is interested in speaking with me further to send me an email. Let’s chat!

Dillon van Rensburg (he/him)

Community Health Educator | Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Dillon van Rensburg

As a Seattle native, I attended Western Washington University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in community health. My education led me to become a certified health education specialist (CHES).

My public health career began as a care coordinator for Sea Mar Community Health Center. I managed patients with multiple chronic health conditions as part of Apple Health’s Health Home Program. Currently, I work at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement. I am a community health educator focused on rural-designated counties of Western Washington. My work expands the cancer prevention impact by developing and disseminating materials and programs for lung, colorectal, breast, prostate and cervical cancers.

Since the beginning, I wanted to pursue a master’s program that was rigorous, fulfilling and accommodating of my work schedule. The UW Online MPH program seemed like the obvious choice. It has been a fantastic experience being a part of my cohort.

I congratulate you for your interest and pursuit of higher education. Please reach out to me if you’re interested in connecting and learning more about the program. Stay safe and stay healthy!