Public health Student
Masters of Public Health Student
Boston University Undergraduate Studies Art History and Psychology
Boston University School of Public Health 2017 MPH Candidate
Meet Elliott Weinstein, MPH, a soon-to-be graduate from the Boston University School of Public Health’smasters in public health program. Elliott has found his calling in a career in aging because it is an interdisciplinary field that enables him to pursue his passions. His inspiration for specializing in aging comes from his strong relationship with his grandmother who shaped his love of tennis, art history, and chocolate. Growing up in a multi-generation home helped Elliott to see the value in older generations at a younger age and has given him an appreciation for their life experiences and how they shape younger generations’ attitudes towards the past. This appreciation has influenced his academic and career aspirations as bringing the generations together is at the heart of his work.
Elliott completed his undergraduate education as a Kilachand Honors College scholar at Boston University's College of Arts and Sciences where he double majored in art history and psychology. After graduating, Elliott pursued a Masters in Public Health through BU’s 4+1 BA/MPH program where he concentrated in Epidemiology. In addition to working in the BEE (Brain and Early Experiences) Lab, Elliott worked in the Healthy Minds and Bodies Lab at BU where he completed his senior thesis exploring the effects of art appreciation therapy on increasing quality of life among older adults living in assisted living facilities.
Some of Elliott's other interests on campus include being a Teaching Assistant in both the biostatistics and psychology departments, taking care of underclassmen as a Resident Assistant in the Lower Baystate Brownstones, , sitting on the Health Equity research team at the Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health at Boston University, and acting as a peer adviser/student ambassador for the Kilachand Honors college. Off campus, Elliott interns at Massachusetts General Hospital in their Cancer Center on a number of cancer trials, serves as a Programs Assistant at Youville House Assisted Living Residence, and teaches his famous Art Detectives class at assisted living facilities throughout the greater Boston area. Elliott’s next steps are to return to his hometown of New York City where he will join the team at Center for Community Values and Action at the Horace Mann School as a service learning fellow, take the dreaded GREs, volunteer with the Bureau of HIV/AIDS at the NYC Department of Health, and eventually pursue a PhD in clinical psychology working with geriatric populations.
Elliott Weinstein's career advice: "Spending time with older generations gives you almost a double life perspective. Their insight and wisdom is invaluable and the impact of listening to their stories can have a lasting impact on your life."