The public health issue that I see as most pressing right now is that im/migration is not explicitly viewed nor treated by our government as a public health issue, but rather as a "national security threat".See full profile
Global health is the interdisciplinary approach to studying the health of populations across the world, irrespective of national or political boundaries. Students who concentrate in global health have a strong interest in examining the ways health disparities and specific risk factors affect local and global populations. Students of global health often learn how international agencies advocate for individuals, increase access to healthcare, and ensure top health standards are met around the world.Find Academic Programs in Global Health
This course gives students an understanding of the elements common to all medical care systems and the factors that influence the shape, cost, performance, and quality of health systems. It examines what national health systems are, how they differ, and how they are performing. Students will examine the major problems in health care facing low- and middle-income countries and the strategic options available to these countries.
Program design, monitoring, and evaluation are critical to public health programs locally and globally, as donors, governments, and other relevant stakeholders must validate their investments and improve program performance. This course provides intensive introduction to the principles of study program design and evaluation research. It emphasizes the ability to synthesize the population-based intervention literature, apply planning and management methods, describe and apply research methods from a range of disciplines, and prepare a program research proposal.
Through a variety of modules, this course analyzes, vulnerable groups, humanitarian operations, natural disasters, and global security. It focuses on the impact of global health threats such as HIV/AIDS, avian flu, tuberculosis, and malaria on a variety of international institutions. Students will have a solid introductory understanding of disasters and complex emergencies and introduce practical responses and interventions. Class discussions will also focus on analyzing and anticipating the consequences of emergencies.
The program has provided me with a unique experience in which I have been able to learn how public health can inform programs and policies at the federal level, thereby improving people’s lives and reducing the burden of disease on a national and global scale.See full profile
Global health is a combined effort that involves people from all walks of life; from nurses and tribal healers to translators and farmers. I want to be a part of their integrated efforts to support public health. Additionally, my volunteer work with a Special Olympics team showed me the importance of inclusivity and the power of compromise.See full profile
One of my favorite and most rewarding public health memories was planning an on-campus panel on the Affordable Care Act that many students from a variety of disciplines attended. I was thrilled to see so many of my peers take a proactive approach to their health, and I was proud of my group for being able to understand the interests of our audience to effectively create an event that had such positive outcomes. Everyone left the event more educated and with an increased interest in benefitting the nations’ health, rather than simply their own health. I was happy to share that core message of public health with my peers.See full profile
I pursued a global health minor in my undergraduate studies, but it was really the three years that I spent in the health sector with the Peace Corps that solidified my interest in making this my career. I worked in Mali and Burkina Faso, two West African countries struggling with very serious burdens of maternal and child mortality. I lived in isolated rural communities working to support the primary health structures, first as a health education specialist and later as a nutrition specialist and trainer. This period of my life, and the sense of energy and purpose I derived from this sort of work, pointed me in the direction of health and development, and I haven't looked back.See full profile