Dr. Gretchen DeSilva, assistant clinical professor in the University of Maryland School of Public Health, has been accepted to the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship program. This fellowship program aims to connect science with policy and foster a network of science and engineering leaders who understand government and policymaking, and are prepared to develop and execute solutions to address societal challenges.
Dr. DeSilva, who teaches in the UMD School of Public Health’s undergraduate public health science degree program, will take a one year leave of absence to complete her fellowship by serving at the US Agency for International Development Global Health Bureau in the Tuberculosis Division. She will be supporting the division’s modeling efforts and will use models to help the division and supported countries develop evidence-based policies and programs.
“This experience will allow me to bring so much back to the UMD School of Public Health and my students. I will gain knowledge and experience related to global health, the use of modeling to support public health, and how government agencies function,” Dr. DeSilva explained. “All of this can be applied to courses I’ve taught such as Vaccines and Immunology, Introduction to Global Health, and our capstone course. In addition, I will have more on the ground public health experience to share with my students and use to inform them about possible career trajectories, especially those in the government or with USAID funded NGOs.”