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Georgia State to Host National Fulbright Foreign Student Conference

The School of Public Health at Georgia State University will host the U.S. Department of State-sponsored Fulbright Global Health Innovations Seminar, bringing up to 100 international scholars to campus February 22-27, 2017.

Participants will be first-year Fulbright foreign students from other countries who are studying in master’s or doctoral programs around the United States.

Experts from the School of Public Health will partner with colleagues from the university’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and the Office of International Initiatives to enable Fulbright students to expand their personal and professional networks, develop skills and gain practical knowledge related to global public health. The Fulbright foreign students will also participate in visits to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Carter Center and a community-based public health program.

The School of Public Health has a strong record of educating international students, with 18 Fulbright students now working on graduate degrees and more than 50 other Fulbrighters who have earned a Master in Public Health or PhD degree in public health.

“Our international student body and alumni hail from more than 40 countries,” said Dr. Michael Eriksen, dean of the School of Public Health. “We are very proud of our track record of educating Fulbright students who are now working to improve health in their home countries. Hosting this seminar is an extension of our work to train public health professionals who will have a positive impact across the globe and for generations to come.”

The emphasis areas for the seminar will include public health infrastructure, data and health disparities, and the public health/government relationship, with a focus on international collaboration.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.