MPH Alumni Successes

ALIGARH, India ‒ The American University of Armenia (AUA) Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH) is proud to share that Dr. Karthiga Vasudevan (MPH ’18) was awarded Best Oral Presentation at the XXI Annual Conference of Indian Association of Preventive & Social Medicine, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand State Chapter ‒ held on October 26-27, 2018, […]

[Journal of Geochemical Exploration] The publication is entitled: “Assessment of residential soil contamination with arsenic and lead in mining and smelting towns of northern Armenia.”

The American University of Armenia (AUA) Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH) recently published an article entitled “Posttraumatic Stress Disorder 23 Years After the 1988 Spitak Earthquake in Armenia” in the Journal of Traumatic Stress, one of the highly ranked peer-reviewed scientific journals in the field of traumatic stress. 

YEREVAN, Armenia – The American University of Armenia (AUA) is proud to share that Dr. Kristine Poghosyan, a second-year student in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program, was awarded the first place in a nationwide competition for “Best Student” among health professionals (masters level) in 2018 by the Republic of Armenia (RA) Ministry of […]

Balu Rajan and Shabitha Alexander sat in the bright July sunlight on the grounds of their alma mater, the American University of Armenia (AUA), looking quite content. They are both graduates of AUA’s Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH); Balu is also a graduate of AUA’s MBA program. The newlyweds had recently […]

[168.am] “The education I received at AUA’s School of Public Health has been very important for me, not only in terms of the knowledge and skills gained there, but also the atmosphere, the opportunities and the values provided,” said Minasyan.

YEREVAN, Armenia – From November 28-30, Shahane Mnatsakanyan, a 2017 alumna from the American University of Armenia (AUA)’s Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health, presented part of her thesis project at the MediPIET (Mediterranean Program for Intervention Epidemiology Training) annual scientific conference in Brussels, Belgium. The theme of this year’s conference was “Regional […]

Stockholm, Sweden – The American University of Armenia (AUA) Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH) is proud to share that Dr. Monica Steffi Thomas (MPH ‘17) was awarded Best Oral Presentation at the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) Young Researchers Forum, a pre-conference event at the […]

STOCKHOLM, Sweden – From November 1-4, researchers and graduates from the American University of Armenia (AUA) Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH) presented their work at the 10th European Public Health Conference in Stockholm, Sweden. The conference brought together over 2000 public health professionals from around the world under the theme “Sustaining […]

YEREVAN, Armenia – The American University of Armenia (AUA) Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH) recently published an article entitled, “Assessment of residential soil contamination with arsenic and lead in mining and smelting towns of northern Armenia” in the Journal of Geochemical Exploration, one of the highly-ranked peer-reviewed scientific journals in the field of economic […]

YEREVAN, Armenia – Kristina Akopyan (MPH ’13), alumna of the American University of Armenia (AUA) Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), has been awarded a scholarship to conduct a research project that aims to facilitate automatization of characteristics measurement in liver imaging in two-point Dixon and Multi-echo Dixon MRI sequencing techniques. The […]

YEREVAN, Armenia – The American University of Armenia (AUA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Vahe Khachadourian as Assistant Professor at the Gerald & Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH). Vahe Khachadourian, MD, MPH is completing his PhD studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Fielding School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology. […]

YEREVAN, Armenia – The American University of Armenia (AUA) School of Public Health (SPH) is proud to share that Dr. Nara Melikyan, a current Master of Public Health student, has been selected to join Epicentre as the Operational Research Coordinator for the endTB observational study. endTB is a four-year project funded by UNITAID and implemented by Partners […]

YEREVAN, Armenia – The American University of Armenia (AUA) is proud to share that Sarah Ghazarian, a second year student in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program, has been awarded the first place in a nationwide competition for “Best Student” among health professionals (masters level) in 2017 by the Republic of Armenia (RA) Ministry […]

Karine Minasyan (MPH ’15), alumna of the American University of Armenia (AUA) Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH), has been awarded a year-long research scholarship (2017/2018) to conduct the research project entitled “Study of Thyroid Dysfunction in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus” at the Department of Endocrinology, Charité University Hospital (Berlin, […]

Yerevan, Armenia – American University of Armenia (AUA) Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health’s (SPH) alumni Yelena Sardaryan (MPH ‘13), Dr. Zaruhi Arakelyan (MPH ‘16), and Dhamodharan Ramasamy (MPH ‘16) were competitively selected to make a presentation during the Empowerment of Girls and Women in Armenia conference. The conference was organized by AUA […]

Dr. Armine Tumasyan has been promoted to  the position of Clinical Research Associate at Harris Corporation , which works on a contract for National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD, USA. She supports National Hearth, Lung and Blood Institute to monitor single and multi-site clinical research trials in terms of subjects’ safety and protocol compliance […]

Tatevik Hovakimyan, a second year student in the Master of Public Health Program (MPH) of the American University of Armenia (AUA) has been admitted to the two-year Master of Science Program in Health Economics, Outcomes and Management in Cardiovascular Sciences at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

YEREVAN, Armenia – American University of Armenia (AUA) Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH) alumnus Mher Beglaryan (MPH ‘13) published an article entitled “Development of a tripolar model of technology acceptance: Hospital-based physicians’ perspective on EHR” in the International Journal of Medical Informatics. The article was based on his master’s thesis project. […]

YEREVAN, Armenia – Last year, the American University of Armenia (AUA), as well as its Entrepreneurship and Product Innovation Center (EPIC), teamed up with Impact Hub Yerevan in establishing a fellowship program designed to support AUA undergraduate and graduate students interested in developing projects that aim to tackle social problems in Armenia. This week, the […]

Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health (MPH) Alumna Gohar Abelyan, MPH (2015), MSc has published her MPH thesis project in the Journal of Phlebology. Phlebology is the only English language journal entirely devoted to venous disease and is officially endorsed by the American College of Phlebology.

AUA MPH Alumnus Suren Galstyan, MS, MPH (2015) has published an article on barriers and facilitators of a hazard analysis critical control point based food safety management system (HACCP FSMS) adoption in the Armenian dairy industry in the internationally ranked peer-reviewed British Food Journal. The coauthor is Tsovinar Harutyunyan, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor at the […]

Vienna, Austria – An alumna of the American University of Armenia (AUA) School of Public Health (SPH) Nare Navasardyan (MPH 2016) was competitively awarded a Short-Term Conference and Travel Grant by the Galouste Gulbenkian Foundation to attend the ASPHER Young Researchers Forum, a pre-conference event of the 9th European Public Health (EPH) Conference, which took […]

The American University of Armenia School of Public Health’s (AUA SPH) Center for Health Services Research and Development (CHSR) presented its work at the 9th European Public Health Conference in Vienna, Austria, November 9-12, 2016 and the 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Liverpool, the UK, October 26-29, 2016.

Tatevik Balayan is an Epidemiologist who works at the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia. Recently she received a grant to participate in the sixth International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance, which took place in Vienna, Austria on November 4-7, 2016. During the […]

Referred to as “the jewel” of Chicago’s Armenian community, the late Zaven Kodjayan, owner of Zaven’s Restaurant, is remembered by loved ones for his generosity and dedication. Through the 27 years his restaurant thrived on Chicago’s Gold Coast, Zaven made a name for himself not only as an excellent restaurateur, but also as a caring, […]

Շարունակելով փնտրել և գտնել աշխարհի տարբեր երկրներում սովորող հայ ուսանողներին, «Հայ ուսանողները՝ աշխարհի լավագույն բուհերում» շարքում այս անգամ ներկայացնում ենք երիտասարդ բժիշկ-ուռոլոգ Արման Ծատուրյանի պատմությունը: Արմանն ավարտել է Երևանի պետական բժշկական համալսարանի բակալավրիատն ու մագիստրատուրան՝ ստանալով բժշկի որակավորում: Սովորել է նաև Հայաստանի Ամերիկյան համալսարանի հանրային առողջապահության դպրոցում (School of Public Health, AUA), և ստացել հանրային […]

American University of Armenia (AUA) Master of Public Health (MPH) 2013 Alumni Arman Tsaturyan and Kristina Akopyan published an article on the experience of application of a rare surgical technique by replacement of long ureteric strictures using buccal mucosa graft in Armenia. The article was published in the internationally ranked peer-reviewed open-access journal Central European […]

American University of Armenia (AUA) School of Public Health (MPH) Alumna Ani Movsisyan MPH (2013), MSc, DPhil candidate has published her MPH master’s thesis project in the Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders & Treatment. The international peer-reviewed scholarly journal aims to publish the most complete and reliable source of information on the discoveries and current […]

  This was the second year in which COAF’s various rural health programs continued to provide American University of Armenia (AUA) Public Health students with exciting and challenging internships. AUA Interns Karin Karbouian and Janani Kali took part in COAF’s ongoing pediatric dental screening programs. They also helped provide much-needed trainings to nurses in COAF-supported […]

In February of 2016, Armine Abrahamyan (MPH 2015), an alumnus of the American University of Armenia School of Public Health (AUA SPH) and Research Assistant in the Center for Health Services Research and Development, participated in the one-week seminar “Palliative Care in Neurology and Neuro-Oncology” in Salzburg, Austria.

AUA MPH Alumnus Arman Tsaturyan, MD, MPH (2013) has published his master’s project that explored the risk factors for complications after radical cystectomy in Armenia in the internationally ranked peer-reviewed open-access journal SpringerPlus. The coauthors are Varduhi Petrosyan, MS, PhD, Dean of the School of Public Health, Byron Crape, MSPH, PhD, Nazarbaev University School of […]

In January 2016, Nare Navasardyan was selected for the position of the Monitoring and Evaluation specialist in the National Tuberculosis Control Center of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia. Prior to this she worked at the Center for Health Services Research and Development of the AUA School of Public Health and helped […]

Dr. Tatevik Balayan joined the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the Republic of Armenia as an epidemiologist in November 2015. She coordinates preventive measures and is involved in monitoring of different infectious diseases. In this position, she also contributes to development of national guidelines and protocols on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of […]

Dr. Armine Tumasyan has been promoted to  the position of Clinical Data Quality Specialist at Harris Corporation, which works on a contract for the US National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD, USA. She supports the National Hearth, Lung and Blood institute to monitor the quality of research data. Before that Dr. Armine Tumasyan worked […]

In an effort to help American University of Armenia (AUA) students achieve even more academic success, AUA has started a new student service this year. Counseling services are now available to help students overcome a variety of challenges, including personal, relational, family, emotional, and behavioral problems that may interfere with academic performance. “On the surface, […]

Ani Movsisyan (American University of Armenia, Master of Public Health 2013), supervised by Dr. G.J. Melendez-Torres and Professor Paul Montgomery, published an article titled “Users identified challenges in applying GRADE to complex interventions and suggested an extension to GRADE” from the Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention (CEBI), University of Oxford. She published the article in the […]

American University of Armenia School of Public Health alumnus, Vahe Khachadourian, MD, Master of Public Health (MPH), has been granted the Calouste Gulbenkian Global Excellence Scholarship to continue his studies at UCLA. Khachadourian has been studying towards a PhD in Epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. His research interests include disaster epidemiology, […]

Dr. Arin A. Balalian MD, MPH has joined the DrPH program in Epidemiology offered at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Balalian’s research interests include life course and chronic diseases epidemiology, particularly the effect of childhood adversities on subsequent development and risk of disease. Columbia University is ranked among the top ten universities […]

An alumnus of the American University of Armenia School of Public Health (AUA SPH) was awarded the Prize for Best Poster in the ASPHER Young Researchers Forum, a pre-conference event at the 8th European Public Health Conference that took place in Milan, Italy, from October 14 to 17, 2015. Armine Abrahamyan, who holds a Master […]

The paper on stunting suggested that non-nutritional factors could also lead to child stunting in rural Armenia and public health interventions should include sanitation and hygienic measures along with adequate perinatal care and maternal and child nutrition to further reduce childhood stunting. The anemia paper suggested interventions including prevention and treatment of anemia during pregnancy, […]

Shabitha Alexander, a student from the American University of Armenia (AUA)’s Master of Public Health program, was the winner of the Vartkess M. Balian Merit Award for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Vartkess M. Balian Merit Award recognizes the best overall performance of first year graduate students and covers the winning student’s tuition for the […]

Ruzanna Grigoryan, an AUA MPH 2007 graduate, has been admitted to the one-year Master of Science program in Philosophy and Public Policy for the academic year of 2015-2016 at the London School of Economics and Political Science, one of the highly ranked universities in social sciences in the world. This is an interdisciplinary program that […]

American University of Armenia (AUA)’s photo submission was recently announced as a finalist in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s 2015 Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG) Photo Contest.

Artem Vrshikyan is a dentist who is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Public Health at the American University of Armenia (AUA). During his internship last year at COAF, Artem was engaged in assessments of dental decay prevalence among rural children, health education on oral hygiene, and provision of free dental care to socially vulnerable […]

In March 2015, Dr. Naira Gharakhanyan joined Peace Corps (PC) Armenia as a Director of Volunteer Health. The position intends to establish and manage in-country PC Volunteers’ Health Support Program.

YEREVAN, Armenia – The American University of Armenia (AUA) is proud to share that Serine Sahakyan, a second year student in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program, has been awarded third place in a nationwide competition for “Best Student” among health professionals in 2015 by the Republic of Armenia (RA) Ministry of Education and Science.

YEREVAN, Armenia – The American University of Armenia (AUA) is very pleased to share that Nazareth Seferian, a 2007 graduate of the School of Public Health (SPH), has recently been appointed Armenia Country Director of ONEArmenia, a platform for development programs in Armenia that centers on transparency, innovation, and participation.

AUA School of Public Health researchers and faculty members Nune Truzyan (MPH 2003), Byron Crape, Ruzanna Grigoryan (MPH 2007), Hripsime Martirosyan (MPH 2005), and Varduhi Petrosyan published an article entitled “Increased risk for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in migratory workers, Armenia” in the March 2015 issue of the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal, an official journal of the […]

In January 2015, Zara Mkrtchyan joined USAID|Armenia as the Project Management Specialist. With her colleague, Astghik Grigoryan (AUA MPH 2001), Zara will be involved in overseeing the health projects funded by USAID in Armenia and implemented by international and local partner organizations. Zara joined USAID after completion of her six-month assignment with the World Health […]

Yerevan, Armenia – The paper entitled “Loss and psychosocial factors as determinants of quality of life in a cohort of earthquake survivors” is the recent one in the series of papers based on the Post-earthquake Psychopathological Investigation (PEPSI) study, which followed a cohort of the 1988 Spitak earthquake survivors for over two decades.  The research […]

Dr. Karapet Davtyan, MD, MPH, MBA, is the lead author of the article published in the journal of Public Health Action (PHA), an official publication of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. “PHA is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that actively encourages, communicates and reports new knowledge, dialogue and controversy in health systems and services for people in vulnerable and resource-limited communities.” Dr. Hayk Davtyan (AUA MPH 2011) is among the co-authors of the article.

From February 2015 Anna Oksuzyan, MD, MPH, PhD will lead new Max Planck Research Group (MPRG) at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR), Rostock, Germany investigating why women outlive men in all countries, although women generally report worse health, the so-called male–female health-survival paradox (http://www.demogr.mpg.de). Past several years Dr. Oksuzyan has spent investigating […]

The paper entitled “Factor Structure and Psychometric Properties of the PTSD Checklist and DSM-5 PTSD Symptom Set in a Long-term Post-earthquake Cohort in Armenia” is the recent one in the series of papers based on the Post-earthquake Psychopathological Investigation (PEPSI) study, which followed a cohort of the 1988 Spitak earthquake survivors for over two decades. […]

AUA MPH Alumna Ruzanna Grigoryan, MD, MPH (2007), has published her master’s project that explored the reasons for Armenian women’s high satisfaction with objectively poor quality childbirth services in the internationally ranked peer-reviewed academic journal Health Care for Women International. Her coauthors are Michael E. Thompson, MS, DrPH, Associate Professor in the Department of Public […]

Vahe Khachadourian, MD, MPH, has been awarded a scholarship to pursue his PhD studies in Epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. UCLA has been consistently ranked among the top 20 universities by the Times Higher Education World University Ranking and the U.S. News and World Report has ranked UCLA Fielding School of […]

 Dr. Arin A. Balalian, MD, MPH, and his co-authors Hambardzum Simonyan MD, Kim Hekimian PhD and Byron Crape PhD, have published an article in the journal Human Resources for Health. Human Resources for Health is an internationally ranked peer-reviewed journal focusing on planning, production, management and governance of human resources for health, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. […]

YEREVAN, Armenia – On June 19, 2014, alumna of the American University of Armenia (AUA) Dr. Ruzanna Grigoryan (MPH ’07) won the Civic Activism Award, along with Karen Harutyunyan, Vahe Gevorgyan and Lilit Petrosyan, in recognition of their outstanding efforts in pursuing transparency and accountability in public decision making as organizers of the “We Pay […]

Dr. Lilit Khachatryan, MD, MPH, has published an article in the Journal of Contemporary Medical Education. Journal of Contemporary Medical Education is a peer-reviewed, quarterly publication dedicated to virtually all fields of medical education and related technologies, methods, equipment, educational course and organization. The article “Comparative evaluation of two cohorts of final year residents on perception of curricular […]

Dr. Yeva Sahakyan has recently joined the team at Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment (THETA) Collaborative, University of Toronto as a Research Associate. She is involved in the project “Program Evaluation of Telehomecare for Patients with Heart Failure or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: TeLeCare (TLC) Study”. Telehomecare is a patient self-management program for Chronic […]

Ani Movsisyan has been awarded Barnett Scholarship from the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford to pursue her research interest as a Doctor of Philosophy candidate from 2014 to 2017. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-2013 placed Oxford in the top ten universities globally in life sciences, physical […]

Aida Giloyan, MPH (2007), Research Associate/Program Coordinator of Meghrigian Institute of the AUA School of Public Health (AUA SPH), Tsovinar Harutyunyan, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor of the AUA SPH, and Varduhi Petrosyan, MS, PhD, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the AUA SPH have recently published an article “Visual impairment and depression among socially vulnerable […]

Gohar Panajyan, MD, MPH has been appointed as the Deputy Director of the newly restructured State Health Inspectorate (SHI) of the Ministry of Health, Republic of Armenia. Dr. Panajyan is responsible for overseeing the areas pertinent to Quality of Health Care Services, Medication/Drug Control, Medical Advertisement and Medical Licensure.  Gohar Panajyan is one of the […]

Dr. Stepan Atoyan has been competitively selected for the position of Project Coordinator in Health Department of the Armenian Red Cross Society (ARCS). He started his new assignment in the headquarters of ARCS in Yerevan in May, 2014. Dr. Atoyan’s main responsibility includes coordination and monitoring of the project “HIV prevention in Armenia”. Dr. Atoyan […]


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