2nd-year MPH student, General Track
Home Country: Nigeria
What motivated you to study Public Health?
As a physician you can only solve one health problem at a time, which is great. However, public health gives one the leverage to understand the root causes of these health problems and provide interventions that can potentially affect an entire population positively. This was my major motivation.
Why did you choose UW and Global Health?
I have been inspired by a number of faculty members by the various works they are doing in the area of cancer and infectious disease prevention around the world. I saw UW as a great avenue to be involved in some of this research.
Furthermore, Seattle is often considered as the Global Health capital of the world with organizations like PATH, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center etc. all headquartered in Seattle and affiliated to the UW Global Health department. It was only logical for me to choose University of Washington in order to gain first-hand experience from faculty members that work with all these organizations.
Finally, I strongly believe the mission of the UW Global Health department, which aims to reduce the disparities in health around the world, and I wanted to be part of this mission.
What (has) impressed you the most in the DGH MPH program?
I’ve been impressed by the thin line between the Global Health department and the “real” world. It is amazing how the world’s big players in Global Health such as the Gates Foundation, PATH, Health Alliance International, Infectious Disease Research Institute, etc. are deeply enmeshed in the department’s work, thus providing the opportunity to be part of the “real” world of Global Health before graduation.
How do you think your Practicum experience will help you post-graduation?
I did my practicum at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. It broadened my knowledge of the different pieces of public health research especially in cancer. The experience has expanded my network of friends, mainly scientists and leaders working in the field of cancer and infectious disease, which is pertinent for future research collaborations.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not in class or studying?
Hanging out with friends and trying out new restaurants in the Seattle area.
What is (was) your thesis topic and which faculty did you collaborate with?
My Thesis is titled “Funding sustainability of HIV/AIDS programs in Nigeria”. Given donor fatigue in HIV/AIDS, my research aims to provide recommendations from scientific evidence to the Nigerian government on how to sustainably fund and maintain a robust response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. My advisers for the project were Professor Aaron Katz and Dr. Jim Kublin.
What extra-curricular endeavors did you pursue as a student (student leadership, community service, publication, etc.)
I served as the Student/Faculty representative for the Global Health department in 2011/2012 in collaboration with another colleague of mine. I also play basketball and learned how to swim.
What are your post-graduation plans?
I plan furthering my interests in medicine, cancer research and health policy.