About Our Chapter

Mizzou Public Health Alumni Society (MPHAS) was established in November 2015 and is affiliated with the Mizzou Alumni Association (MAA), an independent not-for-profit organization established in 1936. The University of Missouri- Master of Public Health (MU MPH) Program was founded in 2007 and has more than 480 graduates, making MPHAS a growing and active organization. MPHAS is led by a board of directors, which consists of 9 elected alumni members, four of which are Officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and the remaining five are board members. The first elections for all nine positions was held in February 2016.

Through the work of the board of directors, MPHAS sponsors events, activities or services that are educational, developmental, and social. These activities benefit students and alumni and promote mutual help and communication leading to improvement in professional work among public health alumni and students of the University of Missouri. One of the goals of the Alumni Association is to improve public health outreach in the community by cultivating a mutually beneficial relationship between the MU Master of Public Health Program, its growing alumni and the community.

To foster a community of University of Missouri public health alumni in professional and personal development, scholarship, and service.


  • Connect alumni and increase opportunities for social interaction.
  • Increase alumni involvement in MU MPH program activities.
  • Improve professional development of alumni.
  • Provide financial support to current students and other public health entities.
  • Improve public health outreach in the community.

Click here to view our bylaws: MPHAS Bylaws


Dina Van Der Zalm


Dina van der Zalm, originally from South Carolina, came to Missouri for a fellowship after serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in northwest China. Columbia grew on her during graduate school, and she stayed, working as the health care organizer for the Missouri Rural Crisis Center since graduation. In this role, she focuses on policy and practical solutions to improve access to and affordability of healthcare for rural Missourians. In her free time, she fosters rescue dogs and plots to take over the world.

Psychology '09
MPH & MSW '16

Malaika Gallimore

Board Member

Malaika Gallimore is a registered nurse and is currently pursuing a doctorate in nursing at the MU Sinclair School of Nursing.  She previously worked as a public health nurse for the Columbia/Boone County Health Department.  Her focus was on communicable disease surveillance and investigations as well as tuberculosis control and education.  Prior to that she worked on a cardiac surgery unit at Boone Hospital Center. Malaika graduated with her MPH in 2009 in the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

B.S. in Nursing '14
Master of Public Health '09
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