Career Options

Graduates of the IHN MS program go on to fulfilling careers in the healthcare industry, basic science research, clinical research, medical education, healthcare communications, journalism, healthcare technology and public health. Many of our graduates enroll in medical or dental school after completing the MS program.

IHN career services helps students discover their strengths while exploring further graduate or professional options. We provide a range of support, including:

  • Personal statement support
  • Resume writing workshops
  • Medical school interview workshop
  • Mock interview sessions
  • Group and individual career counseling
  • Fall and spring career night (alumni talk to current students about their work and career paths)
  • Job and internship postings
  • Connections to IHN alumni through social media groups such as LinkedIn

MS Alumni Profiles

  • I.J. Frame, MS ('07)

    University of Colorado at Boulder, Music and Science
    Hometown: Grand Junction, Colorado, USA

    ''IHN taught me the value of flexibility. One day, my MS-thesis mentor told me he was closing his practice and that I needed to find another project. I had to start over. I quickly switched to a new project with Dr. Barbara Moore (also an IHN alumna) in the beautiful state of Montana. The project was a huge success, and we had so much fun doing it. Since graduating from IHN, I have found that flexibility is a key ingredient to being a scientist, a physician, and a human being.''

    I.J. worked as a research technician after graduating from IHN. In 2010, he became a student in the combined MD/PhD program at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. There, he completed his PhD thesis research in the Physiology and Biophysics Department while continuing his medical training. He graduated medical school in 2016 and is currently completing his residency in clinical pathology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

  • Ranadeb Mukherjee, MS ('07)


    After completing his MS, Ranadeb worked as a paralegal at a law firm in Washington, D.C. His goal at that time was to learn more about the legal profession in order to determine whether law school offered a desirable future. He was fortunate to get good substantive experience; he attended two civil trials and had the opportunity to work on several legal briefs and political advocacy papers. In 2007 he enrolled at New York University's School of Law, where he graduated cum laude in 2010. Following his graduation from law school, Ranadeb has worked at several prestigious law firms and is currently an attorney at Borstein Turkel, PC. He is interested in administrative and regulatory law, as well as criminal law, and hopes to find meaningful opportunities for public service throughout his career.

  • Nailah Adams, MS ('08)

    Howard University
    Hometown: Trincity, Trinidad and Tobago

    ''Childhood obesity and healthy lifestyles have always been passions of mine. I wanted to be a family medicine and sports medicine doctor to help communities become and stay healthy. Because what we get out of our bodies depends so much on what we put into them, I decided to pursue dedicated training in nutrition so that I could be a better healthcare provider. What stood out to me the most was that for such a prestigious institution, everyone made me feel so welcomed.''

    Nailah received her MD degree from Duke University School of Medicine in 2012. Shortly after, she began her residency in family medicine at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida. In 2015, she became a primary care sports medicine fellow at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Nailah is currently Medical Director and Infection Control Officer at Broward Community and Family Health Centers, Inc. in Hollywood, Florida.

  • Kelly Ruggles, MS ('08), PhD ('12)

    Cornell University, Biological Engineering
    Hometown: Wantagh, New York, USA

    ''In addition to influencing my career as a researcher, the IHN program was a wonderful place to learn the ins andouts of higher education. In my current position as Director of Academic Programs in the Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at NYU School of Medicine, I help run the MS program in Biomedical Informatics and my positive experience with the IHN faculty and their commitment to my education heavily influenced my decision to pursue this career track.''

    Kelly is Assistant Professor and Director of Academic Programs at NYU Langone's Department of Medicine. After completing her MS, she pursued her PhD in Nutritional and Metabolic Biology at IHN. Her research focuses on understanding human health and biology through the application of data visualization, integration and modeling. In addition, a portion of her work involves using informatics methods to understand the human microbiome through metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, microbial proteomics, and 16S ribosomal RNA gene sequencing.

  • Louis N. Formica, MS ('10)

    New York University
    Hometown: Kinnelon, New Jersey, USA

    ''I love what I do – I create smiles and keep people healthy. Our oral and systemic wellness is largely mediated by our diet and as such, nutrition is an integral part of my daily practice. Whether we are talking about coffee stain, tooth erosion, or managing the effects of diabetes, each of these conversations begins with the foundation the Institute of Human Nutrition has provided me.''

    Louis earned his Doctoral Degree in Dental Surgery (DDS) from Virginia Commonwealth University. He works as a dentist at a private practice in Richmond, Virginia.

  • Joshua Marr, MS ('10)

    SUNY Potsdam, Music
    Hometown: Rome, New York, USA

    ''I joined IHN to help me on my path to becoming a doctor and found a group of people passionate about nutrition, health, society, science, and community. At IHN, I first learned about caring for people and developed a passion for learning about medicine and exploring innovative ways to improve their lives. The faculty's passion for teaching is inspiring and their example has made me a better doctor. ''

    A true Renaissance man, Joshua, has a background in music, illustration, web design, and teaching, among other things. Prior to joining IHN, he obtained a Master of Music (MM) degree in vocal performance from McGill University. After completing his MS degree, Joshua joined Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he received his MD in 2014. He is currently completing his residency in anesthesiology at the New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical College.

  • Nathalie Marchand MS ('12)

    Wellesley College
    Hometown: Webster, New York, USA

    ''There are great academic and personal benefits to being a student at IHN. The courses allowed me to investigate the many areas of nutrition that were of interest to me. With exposure to this broad education, I was consequently able to confidently narrow down my interests to the field of nutritional epidemiology. I am now finishing my doctoral degree (ScD) in this field at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and I have been able to conduct the kind of nutrition research that interests me. In addition to the academic strengths of the IHN program, the enthusiasm of the staff and professors made my year enjoyable and exciting!''

  • Lili Mercer, MS (’12)

    Villanova University, Psychology
    Hometown: Chatham, New Jersey, USA
    Healthcare Technology

    ''No single academic experience has influenced my career more than IHN. Though it was short, my time at IHN was incredibly valuable in expanding my knowledge on the state of health in this country and all over the world. In just one year, I was taught to think outside the box and I was inspired to drive positive change in our health system. Since graduation, IHN has quietly directed me to each new step in my career, and I am certain that it will continue to influence my path in the future.''

    Lili is currently an account executive at Health Recovery Solutions, a healthcare technology company that delivers remote patient monitoring software to patients all over the country. She contributes to the progress of the healthcare system by making healthcare more accessible, efficient, and affordable. After completing her MS, she was admitted to Columbia University’s Program in Physical Therapy. In 2016, Lily obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT), graduated with honors and received the Award For Excellence in Orthopedics.

  • Kasey Faulkner, MS ('13)

    University of Miami, Neuroscience

    Kasey is currently completing her masters in Family Practice Nurse/Nursing at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Prior to joining IHN, she was a research assistant with the LIFT (Lifestyle Intervention for Two) Study at Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai Roosevelt. The goal of the study was to determine if nutritional and fitness intervention helped women stay within the Institute of Medicine guidelines for weight gain during pregnancy. They also studied if staying within these guidelines influenced the baby's health, specifically looking at the baby's body composition, and if this helped the mother to return to her pre-pregnancy weight. Kasey had several roles during this study including: recruitment, data collection, and delivering the intervention.

  • Marissa Hammer, MS (‘15)

    Cornell University, Human Biology, Health, and Society
    Physician Assistant

    Marissa has always had a passion for nutrition and gastroenterology and decided to do her thesis research on celiac disease. While working in the pediatric GI clinic at CUMC, she got involved in lactose intolerance, fructose intolerance, and SIBO and was also able to shadow the attending pediatric GI on rounds and during procedures. It was during this time that Marissa decided the right path for her was to become a Physician’s Assistant (PA). She is currently in her second year at Weill Cornell Medicine in NYC and loves it! Her long-term goals are to work in Pediatric GI and Dermatology which, as a PA, she is able to specialize in.

  • Kayla Reynolds, MS (‘15)

    McGill University, Biology

    Kayla is Director of Curriculum and Content Marketing at Noom, Inc. She oversees the development of clinically sound curricula targeting various pre-chronic and chronic conditions including diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and more. Each curriculum promotes general healthy behaviors including physical activity, sleep, and stress management, as well as condition-specific dietary and self monitoring behaviors. In addition, she is responsible for writing each curriculum, which includes articles to educate users and challenges to promote behavior change. Kayla is also involved in the company's Nutrition Summit, which guides the company's nutrition objectives and dietary recommendations.

  • Alexander H. Vu, MS ('15)

    UC San Diego
    Hometown: Irvine, California, USA

    ''Attending IHN gave me the baseline fund of knowledge required to explore nutrition and its most relevant, contemporary topics. IHN also provided the professional skills and the ability to critically analyze and produce scientific papers fit for publication. IHN also provided me several career opportunities, and with its fantastic staff and mentors, successfully supported me through the medical school application process.''

    Alex is pursuing his MD at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and is scheduled to graduate in 2019. His interests include medical nutrition, medical humanities, and rock climbing.