Ryan Sutherland completed a Master of Public Health degree at the Yale School of Public Health in the Social and Behavioral Science Department with a concentration in Global Health. His research focuses on the intersection of international development and public health, centering on homelessness, substance use, refugee rights, and maternal and child health. Ryan was a recipient of the 2020 Dean’s Prize at the Yale School of Public Health for Outstanding MPH Thesis titled “Tobacco Use, Knowledge of Tobacco Risks, and Perception of Smoking Behaviors Among Urban and Rural Youth in Indonesia” and of the Horstmann Merit Scholarship for academic excellence and potential in public health. Ryan has completed internships with the United Nations Development Programme and the U.S. Agency for International Development in Jakarta, Indonesia. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Madrid, Spain.
Ryan is currently pursuing an MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge as a Rotary Foundation Global Grant recipient. At Cambridge, he has been selected as the Health Project Director for the Cambridge Development Initiative, an NGO based at the University of Cambridge that works to strengthen ties to Tanzanian health care professionals, NGOs, media and other stakeholders interested in effective health interventions. Previously, he served as the American Public Health Association—Student Assembly’s (APHA-SA) Development Co-Chair and was a semi-finalist for the APHA-SA’s Trong D. Nguyen Memorial Award established to recognize significant leadership contributions of students in public health. Ryan presently works as a Study Coordinator at the Yale School of Medicine and for Partners in Health in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to control the spread of COVID-19.
Ryan is currently enrolled in the Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania and is a Program Coordinator for the 2021 Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics at the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Bioethics.