2017 Mariko Rooks
Milken Scholar 2017
Scholar Profile

Mariko Rooks

Health Policy


Mariko Fujimoto Rooks is a public health practitioner specializing in historical and contemporary racial health disparities and community health interventions. Based out of Southern California, Mariko leads USA Water Polo's Equity FLOWS (Furthering Opportunities in Water Safety) Program, which matches community partners with international resources to reduce drowning disparities in BIPOC communities nationwide. Additionally, Mariko is an adjunct professor for Loyola Marymount University's African American Studies department, and maintains a research fellowship with Prof. Carolyn Roberts studying medicine and the trans-Atlantic slave trade. A longtime member of the Japanese American community, Mariko was recently inducted into the Japanese American National Museum's "30 Under 30 Community Changemakers" cohort.

Mariko graduated Yale's dual-degree BA-MPH program with a Masters' in Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences with a Concentration in U.S. Health Justice (2022) and cum laude from Yale College with a double major in the History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration (2021).

High school:  Culver City High School


College Year Degree
Yale College
New Haven, CT
2021 B.A. Ethnicity, Race, and Migration
Yale College
New Haven, CT
2021 B.A. History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health
Yale University
New Haven, CT
2022 M.P.H. Public Health, Social and Behavioral Science, US Health Justice Concentration

News and Highlights

Mariko Rooks (MS '17)

Representation Matters: Mariko Rooks, MS ‘17, was one of the winners of the inaugural Tsai City Arts and Media Innovation Award! Her project will examine the experience of mixed Asian students and debut in March 2019. Mark your calendars!