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MPH Success Stories

The value of a Fisher education is evident in personal stories of success told by students and alumni. Read what they have to say about the program and what they gained from their experience.

Joy Snyder '21

Chief Pharmacist of the Monroe County Department of Public Health

Joy Snyder

Joy Snyder

The Chief Pharmacist of the Monroe County Department of Public Health, Dr. Joy Snyder, is also a double Cardinal. After earning her doctor of pharmacy from the Wegmans School of Pharmacy in 2018, she went on to obtain her Master of Public Health from Fisher in 2021. Today, she works directly with the Monroe County Commissioner of Public Health, Dr. Michael Mendoza. She attributes the opportunity for her current role to her time at Fisher because she met Dr. Mendoza at an on-campus presentation in 2019. During the presentation, Snyder asked the question: “How is the County’s Department of Public Health working with pharmacists?”

She became impassioned with the idea of integrating pharmacy into public health initiatives. “Because of our training and accessibility, pharmacists are well-positioned to aid in and lead public health efforts,” she explained in 2020. She was certainly well-positioned as her work in public health accelerated during the global pandemic. In her current role, she oversees vaccination clinics, creates training modules on vaccination storage for providers, and monitors and distributes the vaccine stock. She also focuses on project management and quality improvement.

She credits Fisher’s emphasis on the importance of service for her participation in medical mission trips and commitment to the local community. It was through these experiences that she developed a growing awareness of health care disparities and public health both in the United States and globally.

Snyder completed a fellowship encompassing research and teaching at the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, clinical pharmacy work at Anthony Jordan Health Center, and project support at the Monroe County Department of Public Health. She credits the pharmacy program as a whole for “educating, supporting, and shaping” her into the pharmacist she is now. “The professors continue to support me,” she shared, emphasizing that faculty in the Wegmans School of Pharmacy are available to all alumni who have questions. “Fisher as a whole is student-centered. The professors in the MPH program were so accessible, and all of my professors really invested in me.”

Snyder appreciates the perspectives she gained through both programs at Fisher: “Pharmacy covers public health, but diving even deeper into that area has been critical for my current role. The MPH helped me dig into stats and epidemiology to focus on population-reaching work.” She further explained the advantages of integrating two areas of study because she has been able to build more connections and bolster her knowledge to be effective as a pharmacist in the public health sector.

“You hear a lot about the ‘Fisher family’ and it’s true. Professors and administrators care about you not only as a student but as a well-rounded person.”


Hannah Stein '21

Psy.D. Candidate

Hannah Stein

Hannah Stein

Hannah Stein is working with confident purpose to ensure she can be “in the best position to make a difference.” As a mental health counselor and public health practitioner, Stein says Fisher “exceeded” in preparing her to be in the helping profession.

She was not always certain about the direction of her career, but Stein’s undergraduate experience in the psychology program at Fisher solidified her career path. “My undergraduate professors always encouraged me and challenged me to explore topics in-depth,” she explained. “Professors honed into my areas of interest to build connections in the community and psychology field early on.”

Today, Stein is a triple Cardinal. Not only did she complete her undergraduate degree at Fisher in 2015, but she also earned the M.S. in mental health counseling in 2017 and her Master of Public Health in 2021. She shared that these degrees have really opened doors; in fact, “a prospective employer reviewing my résumé asked about the MPH at Fisher and then said, ‘you can do anything with that degree behind you!’” Hoping to open her own practice someday, she is currently pursuing a Psy.D. as part of that dream. She explained that professors and fellow students in her doctorate program have also commented on her education at Fisher: “‘Wow, you went to Fisher!’ they say, and that reputation of excellence has been invaluable to me because I feel that it really sets me apart.”

Empowered by her education, Stein explained that she encourages other students and colleagues in the mental health field and helping professions to consider studying public health.

“Even if you already have a master’s degree, this MPH really took me to the next level by providing me with a unique perspective that informs the work we do. Counselors focus on the individual, but the MPH at Fisher has really helped me to look at the community as a whole and how we can be more preventative. Understanding epidemiological patterns informs a more proactive approach.”

Community connections and the Fisher network have been very important to Stein’s experience as well. She explained how Fisher established a strong foundation for her, and she attributes her success to the quality faculty at Fisher.

“All of my professors were amazing, and they really want to see students succeed. Fisher is committed to professional development for students, and that is just one example of Fisher's commitment to its students’ success.”