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Student Leadership

Public Health Club

The Moravian University Public Health Club provides students with opportunities to engage in health promotion through on campus activities and community service. The club aims to provide students with knowledge of current events in public health, professional development skills and resources, and experience serving the community. The public health club welcomes students of all majors to participate.

Faculty advisor: Colleen Payton PhD MPH CPH MCHES

Student leaders:

  • 2022: Rachel Kelly (President), Mahum Naveed (Vice President), Sofia Smith (Secretary), Sarah Gross (Treasurer), Marissa Werner (Social Media Chair)
  • 2021: Nicoletta Capasso (President), Andrew Goodolf (Vice President), Rachel Kelly (Secretary), Charlene Weiner (Treasurer), Marissa Werner (Social Media Co-Chair), Mahum Naveed (Social Media Co-Chair)
  • 2020: Emma Standing (President), John Stires, (Vice President), Mahum Naveed (Secretary), Micaela Posh (Treasurer)
  • 2019: William Pelletiers (President), Ciara Nicholson (Vice President), Liam Romond (Secretary), Prishaani Govender (Treasurer)
  • 2018: Morgan Wagner (President), Kayla Herr (Vice President), Shae Duka (Secretary), Cheyenne King (Treasurer) 

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Society for Public Health Education Collegiate Champions

The Society for Public Health Education has selected Moravian University public health students to its Collegiate Champion Program. This program provides students with the opportunity to serve as liaisons between SOPHE and Moravian University. Champions collaborate to lead a public health event each semester during their first year of the program. During the second year of the program, Champions mentor new Collegiate Champions.

Faculty advisor: Colleen Payton PhD MPH CPH MCHES

Collegiate Champions

2021-2022: Sarah Gross and Mahum Naveed 

Congratulations to the 2021-2022 SOPHE Collegiate Champions!

2020-2021: Nicoletta Capasso and Orion Sun

Public Health

Nicoletta and Orion organized a do-it-yourself stress ball making event to promote mental wellness. Students made their own homemade stress balls out of balloons and water beads. Mental wellness was chosen due to the importance of mental health especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Director of the Counseling Center presented an overview of the Counseling Center. Nicoletta said, “Planning this event helped me coordinate with different organizations and individuals with all types of campus involvement. It also provided me with an opportunity to use Canva, a graphic design website, to create the advertisement flyer for the event.” Orion said, “I learned how to effectively communicate with students, faculty, and staff to organize and host an educational event. These leadership and communication skills will be useful in my future career.”  

2019-2020: Erin O’Sullivan and Micaela Posh

Public Health

Erin and Micaela hosted a booth at the health fair where 86 students and faculty created a first aid kit, which included supplies like band-aids and antibiotic ointment. They also created a tri-fold poster board where students defined what public health meant to them by adding a sticky note to the board. Erin said, “As a SOPHE Collegiate Champion, I was able to enhance my leadership and communication skills as I spoke with other students and faculty on campus educating them on the importance of public health in a fun and interactive way.” Micaela said, “As a SOPHE Collegiate Champion, I was given the opportunity to help those in my school community to expand their knowledge on what public health is and how much it is sewn into the fabric of society.”  

2018-2019: Prishaani Govender and William Pelletiers

Public Health

Prishaani and William collaborated with the Public Health Club, Pre-Health Club, and Medlife to host a coat drive for newly arrived refugees. Refugees resettled to Pennsylvania come from a variety of backgrounds, and we wanted to welcome them by ensuring they stay warm and dry throughout the snowy winter. Prishaani Govender said, “As a SOPHE Collegiate Champion, this fundraising event enhanced our networking and health education communication skills.” William Pelletiers shared, “As a SOPHE Collegiate Champion, I was able to collaborate with other organizations to support a vulnerable population within our local community.”

COVID Campus Coalition

COVID Campus Coalition

The COVID Campus Coalition is a student-led organization that provides college students with accurate, timely information about COVID vaccines through a social media campaign. Moravian University has a chapter led by 2 student ambassadors.

Faculty advisor: Colleen Payton PhD MPH CPH MCHES
Student ambassadors: Samantha Rodriguez and Emily Prendeville
Instagram: covidcampuscoalition_moravian

Food Recovery

Food Recovery Network 

The Food Recovery Network is a student-led movement to fight food waste and end hunger. Moravian University has a chapter led by student ambassadors. 

Faculty advisor: Colleen Payton PhD MPH CPH MCHES
Partnership: Moravian University Dining Services, Christine Bainbridge, Marketing Manager
Student ambassadors: Andrew Goodolf and Madison Houchens

Public Health Lab

Moravian University’s Public Health Lab focuses on public health scholarly work that aims to examine the social determinants of health and advance health equity. Students have participated in public health research including collaborations with community partners, data collection, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and dissemination of findings. Some example projects are outlined below.

Faculty advisor: Colleen Payton PhD MPH CPH MCHES

Student research projects:

  • 2022: Mahum Naveed, Students' attitudes towards poverty before and after a poverty simulation at Moravian University in 2022
  • 2022: Nicholas Stulb, Erica Kleppinger, Felycitie Lindsay, Brittany Schleicher, A health needs assessment and logic model framework to address COVID-19 personal hygiene and safety in Amilo Village, Kenya
  • 2022: Sarah Gross, Shannon Kemmerer, Brooke McElmoyle, Anthony Mosley, Christian Burda, A health needs assessment and logic model framework to address safe internet use among youth during the COVID-19 pandemic in Amilo Village, Kenya
  • 2022: Mahum Naveed, Jennifer Leguizamon, Emily Shingara, Laura Roberts, Mathew Eroh, A health needs assessment and logic model framework to address reproductive and menstrual health in Amilo Village, Kenya
  • 2021-2022: Andrew Goodolf and Madison Houchens, A logic model framework for planning a Food Recovery Network Chapter at Moravian University, 2021-2022
  • 2021-2022: Emily Prendeville and Samantha Rodriguez, Evaluation of a student-led COVID-19 social media campaign across 31 universities in the United States in 2021
  • 2021-2022: Nicoletta Capasso and Madison Houchens, Face mask observation at Moravian University during the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021
  • 2021-2022: Nicholas Stulb and Emily Shingara, A review of the APHA policy statements related to the health of migrant, immigrant, refugee, and displaced populations, 1948-2020
  • 2020-2021: Felycitie Lindsay, Julia Dellaporta, and Pearl Rudy, Immigrant and refugee listening tour in Lehigh Valley PA
  • 2019-2020: Liam Romond and Micaela Posh, Evaluation of the poverty simulation at Moravian University in 2019
  • 2019-2020: James Prekopa, The relationship between honey bee colony loss on fruit production and food insecurity in the United States, 2011-2018 (Co-PI: Dr. Sabrina Terrizzi)
  • 2018-2019: Ciara Nicholson and Youssef Khayata, Historical trends in Syrian refugee arrivals to Pennsylvania, 2008-2018 
Public Health

Please contact us if you are interested in partnering in collaborative research opportunities.


Colleen Payton

Dr. Colleen Payton PhD, MPH, CPH, MCHES

Assistant Professor
Director of the Public Health Program
Location: 1107 Main St, Bethlehem, PA 18018
Instagram: moravianpublichealth
LinkedIn: Moravian University Public Health Students & Alumni