Shaila Strayhorn is a current first year graduate student at The University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  She is pursuing a Master’s in Public Health with a concentration on general epidemiology. Her research interests includes health disparities, social determinants of health, health promotion. Her long time goal is to obtain a doctorate within the field of public health and lead research projects focused on reducing chronic diseases and promoting public health with minority populations. Shaila is a Phi Beta Kappa and magnum cum lade graduate of the Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. In her spare time she enjoys writing, exercising, and spending time with her family and friends.