Graduate Student Awarded Prestigious Administrative Fellowship

Toritsesan (Tosan) O. Boyo, a graduate student in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program in the College of Education and Human Services, has been awarded a prestigious post-masters Administrative Fellowship with the University of California San Diego Medical Center.  He is the first Montclair State University graduate to receive this honor, and was one of two Fellows selected from among 130 applicants.

The two-year fellowships are housed at hospitals across the country and are extremely selective, as each hospital takes only one or two fellows per year.  Tosan joins other MPH program graduates from institutions such as Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and Berkeley.

Tosan will be the first graduate from the MPH program in January 2011.  Throughout his program, he has shown remarkable initiative and resourcefulness to complete all program requirements in under two years, while also working full-time in psychiatric hospital administration.  He has demonstrated a profound commitment to a career in hospital administration. After completing his undergraduate degree in psychology, he took on two full-time jobs – at a psychiatric hospital and a rehabilitation center – in order to prepare himself financially for the graduate studies he planned to pursue. His application for our MPH program received strong support from his professional and academic references, and clearly conveyed his ambitious vision for melding his passions for health care, social justice, and mental health in a career as a hospital administrator.

As part of his program fieldwork, Tosan took the initiative to approach a community hospital in Montclair to propose an internship in hospital administration. He impressed the senior administrators so much that they offered him the internship and worked out a schedule heavy on evening and weekend hours to accommodate his full-time job. On the strength of Tosan’s performance as an intern, Montclair State University faculty members are working with hospital leadership to establish a formal and ongoing MPH internship program at the hospital.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program prepares culturally and professionally competent leaders in community health education by providing an interdisciplinary academic and experiential program with a focus on social justice.  Graduates of the program pursue careers as public health leaders in local and state health departments, public and private health agencies, voluntary organizations focused on specific health issues (e.g. cancer or heart health), schools, health care settings, community based organizations, policy and advocacy organizations, and other settings in which health monitoring and health education initiatives are implemented. For more information, please visit the MPH program web site.