mattName Matt Stewart

Class Year 2014

Major B.A. in Public Health Studies

Hometown Malta, NY

Current Industry Nonprofit

Current Occupation I am currently in the second year of the MSPH in Health Policy program at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. The second year of this program requires a full time field placement. I am pursuing a 12 month fellowship in Cape Town, South Africa with a youth empowerment nonprofit organization. I will receive my master’s degree in May 2016.

Current Location Cape Town

Internships & Pre-Professional Experience at JHU Internship at the ACLU National Prison Project in Washington, D.C., Internship for U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in Albany, NY, Internship for the Scottish Minister for Public Health in Edinburgh, UK, Internship for Ikamva Labantu in Cape Town, ZA

Campus Involvement Tutorial Project, College Democrats, Best Buddies International

Favorite Hopkins Memory That is a difficult question because I had so many positive experiences at Hopkins. One that comes to mind is working at the Tutorial Project during college and graduate school. I loved spending time in Levering Hall each week working with students from Baltimore City schools.

What do you miss most about being a Hopkins student? I miss living in the Greatest City in America, Baltimore.

Knowing what you know now, what would you want to tell your pre-college self? Do not be afraid to try something outside of your comfort zone, be it inside or outside of the classroom. You may surprise yourself.

How do you feel Hopkins prepared you for where you are now? Hopkins taught me how to think critically and work harder than I ever thought possible. If you can get through Hopkins, you can do just about anything.

How did going to school in Baltimore affect your college experience? It made my college experience. Baltimore is a wonderful city that inspired me throughout my entire college career. I look forward to returning in the future to see old friends, meet new people, discover new places, and, perhaps most importantly, eat at all of my favorite restaurants. 

Who was your favorite professor/what was your favorite class and why? My favorite professor I had was Dr. Peter Beilenson. I had him for Tapping Into “The Wire” and was his teaching assistant for Public Health, Policy, and Politics. Dr. Beilenson was my favorite professor because he has extensive experience in the field, which he incorporates in his curriculum. I highly recommend taking any of his classes.