Global Health Career Week

Monday, March 3rd to Saturday, March 8th, 2014

The Department of Global Health has a full week of great events for anyone interested in global health. Our marquee event is the Global Healthies Award Ceremony on Thursday. We also have a Career Fair with more than 20 organizations, a Trivia Night with Prof. Stephen Gloyd, a film on global mental health, a faculty research seminar on the global burden of cardiovascular disease, several information sessions and discussions, and two opportunities to work out with our wonderful staff.

For questions or more information about this year’s featured events, please contact Stephanie Edlund, a MSWc practicum student coordinating the week, at or follow Global Health Career Week on Facebook.

Global Health Minor Information Session | 11:30am-12:30pm, Mary Gates Hall, Room 258

Are you interested in complementing your undergraduate education with a minor in global health? Come meet with the Global Health Minor Advisors, Jennifer Lucero-Earle and Jessica Harkhani from the Global Health Resource Center (GHRC)!  

Faculty Research Seminar: "Measuring the Global Burden of Cardiovascular Disease" presented by Gregory Roth, MD, MPH | 4pm-6pm, Foege Building, Room S-110 (3720 15th Ave NE)

Gregory Roth, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) from the Division of Cardiology at the University of Washington (UW). His research focuses on global health surveillance, population health, and cardiovascular quality and outcomes. For IHME's Integrated Surveillance Systems research team, he applies his clinical expertise in cardiovascular disease to a range of research programs relating to health disparities in the United States, the global burden of cardiovascular disease, and development of integrated health surveillance systems. A networking reception will follow from 5-6pm.

Tuesday, March 4th

Global Health Graduate Certificates Information Session | 12:30pm-1:30pm, Parrington Hall Commons, Room 308

Come have lunch with Katie Wakefield (Graduate Advisor, Department of Global Health) and Andrew Lewis (Program Manager, Global WACh) and learn about the four global health certificates available for all graduate students. Non-global health graduate students are encouraged to attend.

  • Global Health
  • Global Health of Women, Adolescent and Children (Global WACh)
  • Global Injury and Prevention

Where Are They Now: Careers in Global Health | 2:00pm-3:15pm, Husky Union Building (HUB) Room 337

 Recently graduated UW students from a variety of fields, including social work, public health and molecular biology, will share how their affiliation in various global health programs prepared them for the careers they are in now. Come get a fresh perspective on what avenues are open to you. Co-sponsored by the Global Health Resource Center (GHRC) and the Global Health Undergraduate Leadership Committee (GHULC).

Becky Bartlein is currently the Program Manager for the TB (Tuberculosis) team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Becky received her MPH from the UW Department of Global Health (2010) in the Leadership, Policy and Management track and has a BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University (2004).

* Mara Child is the Deputy Director of Health Alliance International and serves as a Clinical Instructor with UW’s Department of Global Health. She has extensive international experience with organizational development and administrative strengthening in the US and East Africa, with focus on medical education partnerships and leadership and management training. She is a graduate of the Evans School of Public Affairs and the School of Public Health at UW.

* Peder Digre graduated from the University of Washington in June 2013 with a BS in Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology and a BA in Scandinavian Area Studies with minors in Global Health and Norwegian. He currently works for PATH in Seattle as a Program Assistant for the “Technology Solutions” and “Drug Development” global programs.

* Annya Pintak holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of British Columbia (2010), and Masters of Social Work and Global Health Certificate of Women, Adolescents and Children from the University of Washington (2012). Currently, she is the Program Manager for the Connection Desk and the Affordable Care Act Enrollment Program with the non-profit Global to Local in SeaTac.

Global Health Trivia Night | 5pm-7pm, Foege Vista Cafe (Foege Building South/Genome Sciences, 2nd Floor)

Join us for a fun night of trivia related to global health topics. Socialize with faculty members and students, test your knowledge and win great prizes! Dr. Stephen Gloyd (Associate Chair, Department of Global Health) will be our featured MC!

Wednesday, March 5th

Global Health Career Fair | 10am-2pm, Mary Gates Hall Commons (1st Floor)

This exciting annual event is designed to be a learning opportunity about the work local global health organizations do, what skills, education and experience are valued by these organizations, what the hiring process are like, and more. Representatives from over 20 global health organizations will be available to answer students’ questions and to offer insightful information about career paths in the global health field. See what organizations are participating this year.

Global Health Discussion Circle: A History of Medicine | 3:30pm-4:30pm, Husky Union Building, Room 340 

Are you interested in learning more about research in global health? Are you looking for opportunities to network with faculty on campus? If so, please join our upcoming Global Health Discussion Circle! This event is an opportunity for a group of students to come together and discuss a current, relevant article on a global health topic. Each journal club event will be co-facilitated by an undergraduate student and a faculty member. 

We will discuss the article "Bulletin of the History of Medicine" by Dr. Charles E. Rosenburg in The Johns Hopkins University Press. The article discussion will be led by undergraduate Jared Houghtaling with assistance from the University of Washington's Dr. Laura Harkewicz.  All students attending the session will be expected to have read the attached article thoughtfully. 

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“International Health Service Abroad” Student Panel | 6pm-7:30pm, Foege Auditorium (Foege Building South/Genome Sciences, Room S-060)

Do you have thoughts about serving in health service projects abroad? Have questions on how to search and apply for opportunities abroad? Wonder what it is like to live and work in another country? This student panel features current UW graduate and PhD students who were abroad for various health service projects and can answer your questions!

* Mariel Boyarsky is a second year Masters of Public Health (MPH) student in the Department of Global Health. Prior to attending the University of Washington, she worked for a community-based health organization in New Orleans and at a free health clinic for African asylum seekers in Israel. During the summer of 2013, Mariel traveled to Western Uganda to conduct a baseline assessment of maternal health among rural coffee farmers in Rwuenzururu Kingdom. She worked closely with an advisor from Health Alliance International (HAI).

* Ashley Henry is a second year Master of Public Health student in the Department of Epidemiology. Her past experience includes working at the University of Washington's International Teaching and Education Center on Health (I-TECH) on HIV child disclosure in Namibia and nutritional biochemistry research on diabetes. In Summer 2013, Ashley was awarded a GO (Global Opportunities) Health Fellowship from the Department of Global Health to conduct an HPV vaccine preparedness assessment for adolescent girls in Mombasa, Kenya. 

* Nathaniel Lohman is putting the final touches on a Masters of Public Health through the Department of Global Health.  He is a member of the Peace Corps Masters International (PCMI) track within the Department of Global Health and spent 2010-2012 working as a health educator, latrine builder, and medical interpreter with the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic.  He has spent the past year studying Swahili with the support of the Foreign Language and Area Scholarship (FLAS) and will be spending the spring quarter in Tanzania working with the Maendeleo, Elimu, na Afya Foundation on a survey outlining the perceived needs for perinatal services in the Pwani region.

* Grégoire Lurton is a first year Global Health PhD student. He graduated from the French National School of Statistics and Economic Administration and from Sciences Po Paris. He spent the last five years with French NGO Solthis, where he was providing technical support for development and implementation of routine Health Information Systems for HIV care programs in sub-Saharan countries (Burundi, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone).

* Kristy Humphreys, the UW Campus Peace Corp Recruiter, will be available to offer additional information about the Peace Corp. She also served in the Dominican Republic between 2010-2013 and is a Masters of Public Affairs student.

Thursday, March 6th

Health and Wellness Fitness Series I: Stretch and Fly Yoga Dance with Jennifer Lucero-Earle | 12pm-1pm, Intramural Activities Building (IMA), Studio 216*

Join the GHRC’s very own Jennifer Lucero-Earle (Assistant Director) for a unique empowering movement practice that combines simple dance moves and yoga. Experience original choreography that blends flowing movement and dynamic stillness. Class begins dancing and moving with bare feet connected to the ground and ends on the mat. Bring your own mat!

*Please note: Class is free for current UW students (IMA memberships are included in tuition). Non-students, faculty and staff members without an IMA membership must pay $6.02 to use the IMA facilities. Space is limited, so arrive early! 

Department of Global Health (DGH) Global Healthies: Student, Medical Resident, and Fellow Poster Session and Awards Ceremony | 5pm-7:30pm Kane Hall, Walker Ames Room

Come see how current UW students, medical residents and Department of Global Health fellows are involved in global health! Poster Session presenters will present their work and are eligible for one of five $500 awards. After the Poster Session, The Global Healthies Award Ceremony will be held at 6:00 p.m. in Kane Hall 210, followed by socializing in the Walker Ames Room.

Friday, March 7th

Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition (GSEC) Information Session | 12:30-1:30pm, Mary Gates Hall, Room 258

Come learn about this competition that challenges university students worldwide to use business principles to create sustainable, positive solutions to some of the world’s most challenging issues, such as poverty, health and development. Charlene Balick (Assistant Director, Global Business Center, Foster School of Business), who coordinates the GSEC, and students from UW's Days for Girls Bridges Team will be available talk about their experiences creating a global business idea, developing a strategy, competing in the competition and more!

Days of Bridges is a for-profit, wholly-owned subsidiary of Days for Girls International, a 501(c)3. DfG Bridges' sells hygiene kits that are washable, breathable, leak-proof, and last for up to three years. In addition, DfG Bridges also supports production of crafts, such as tote bags, laptop cases, and aprons, in Uganda (for sale in the U.S.) The two revenue streams enables sales of hygiene kits at an affordable price in Kenya, as well as support education and training programs for Days for Girls International. Click here to view the complete list of the 2014 GSEC teams.

The UW Program on Global Mental Health and World Health Cinema presents “Hidden Pictures: A Personal Journey Into Global Mental Health” | 2pm-3:30pm, Turner Auditorium (Health Science Building, Room D-209)

Filmmaker Delaney Ruston takes us on her journey to answer questions about global mental health, uncovering deeply personal stories in India, South Africa, China, France, and the U.S. Powerful narratives involving bipolar illness, depression, schizophrenia and anxiety, show the universality of our seemingly different worlds. Ms. Ruston will be facilitating a Q+A following the film. Co-sponsored by the Department of Global Health’s Program on Global Mental Health and the Global Health Resource Center's World Health Cinema Series.

Saturday, March 8th

Health and Wellness Series II: Zumba with Daren Wade | 1:15pm-2:15pm, Intramural Activities Building (IMA), Studio 316*

Not only is Daren Wade the Global Health Resource Center’s (GHRC) Director, he is a certified Zumba instructor! He will lead a fun aerobic fitness program featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance and performed primarily to Latin American dance music. Sweat! Dance! Laugh! Be healthy!

*Please note: Class is free for current UW students (IMA memberships are included in tuition). Non-students, faculty and staff members without an IMA membership must pay $6.02 to use the IMA facilities. Space is limited, so arrive early!