Real strides in health promotion take place when young professionals like Yasha Ghamarian roll up their sleeves and take their studies from the classroom to the community.
Yasha is poised to receive his master’s in health promotion management this spring, and in-class studies are only one part of his preparation. Embracing internships in the Washington, DC, community has played a huge role in his development.
“I’ve been exposed to many wonderful opportunities at American University,” he said, adding that the school’s location ensures ample training options close to home.
Over the course of his graduate program, Yasha has gained experience as a research assistant, intern, and volunteer. Here are a few of Yasha’s most memorable experiences during his time in the health promotion management program:
Participating in a USDA-Funded Study:
Working as a research assistant for Dr. Anastasia Snelling, Yasha supervised 30 fellow AU students on a USDA-funded study assessing the impact of a behavioral economics strategy on fruit and vegetable consumption in local elementary schools.
Analyzing implementation of the Healthy Schools Act:
Applying knowledge from a health policy class, Yasha worked with AU Department of Health Studies Instructor Erin Watts on a project related to the Healthy Schools Act. The project involved gauging how well the act has been implemented in DC schools.
Teaching nutrition lessons at local summer camps:
In a summer internship, Yasha worked with Applied Physiology Instructor Joanne Roberts to teach nutrition lessons to kids in summer camp centers across Montgomery County, Maryland.
Bringing health education to the forefront at Kaiser Permanente:
As a health education intern at the Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Medical Center, Yasha collaborates with physicians and other health care professionals to integrate health education into patient visits.
“These activities have given me great experience and helped narrow down my interests in the health promotion field,” said Yasha.
Yasha found opportunities for internships, conferences, and more through AU faculty members, guest speakers, department newsletters, and alumni panels.
Today, as he nears completion of the master’s program, Yasha sees a clear path ahead. His dream is to become a health education specialist in health care or a worksite setting. He plans to pursue a health education specialist certification and perhaps even attain a PhD in health behavior.
Does Yasha’s passion resonate with you? Help change behaviors to improve health and well-being in communities. Earn a master’s degree in health promotion management from American University.