Rachel Y.


Rachel is a tried-and-true Boston transplant. She studied biology as a full-tuition merit scholar at Thiel College, a private liberal arts college that is buried under Pennsylvania snow most of the year. She then earned her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology as a merit scholar at Boston University School of Public Health, where she focused on infectious diseases. In the few years since, she has combined her love of science and writing as a global health researcher with Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, coauthoring publications in journals including The Lancet Global Health and BMJ Global Health. Excited to lead her own academic research and to teach, she is currently a PhD Epidemiology student at Brown University School of Public Health.

Rachel has always been passionate about education. She started tutoring as a Big Sister in high school, and continued tutoring throughout college and graduate school. She has been an invited graduate-level teaching assistant three times, and a guest lecturer twice. She serves on the Education Advisory Board for Boston University School of Public Health and is a formal mentor through Boston Young Healthcare Professionals.

Rachel enjoys pasta, barre, sketching, running, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the NYT mini-crossword, and reading medical nonfiction with her part-Siamese cat, Midori.

Education & Qualifications
  • Brown University School of Public Health, PhD Candidate in Epidemiology
  • Boston University School of Public Health, MPH with Epidemiology Concentration
  • Thiel College, BA in Biology, Minor in Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Statistics
  • Expository Writing
  • Creative Writing
  • English & Literature
  • Chemistry
  • Epidemiology