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MD-MPH Graduates

Nicole Cifra, MD, MPH

Medical student, Nicole Cifra became interested in pursuing the master of public health degree after listening to public health students talk about the field. Though she struggled to justify another year of studies, she decided to obtain the dual MD/MPH degree.

During her public health studies, Nicole became interested in eating disorders advocacy and worked closely with an eating disorders center. For her efforts, she was the recipient of the 2015 National Public Health Service Award. Nicole was elected to address the graduating public health class during Upstate's College of Medicine Commencement ceremonies. She talks about the value of a public health degree.