Karin Huster, 2014 Graduate
Karin Huster was a practicing Registered Nurse (RN) in the Emergency Department at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle when she joined the Global Health MPH program at UW. During the summer after her first MPH year, she traveled to Lebanon and worked with Syrian refugees in collaboration with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Her thesis was a secondary data analysis focusing on Caesarean section rates among women within the Syrian refugee population in Lebanon. Since graduating Karin has traveled to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea with Partners in Health and Doctors without Borders as part of the response to the Ebola crisis in those countries. Karin has been an advocate for a stronger commitment from the international community to provide care and focus on the development of better health systems in low and middle incoming countries. If you would like to learn more about Karin's work you can check out her interview on NPR or her article in SLATE.
The University of Washington's MPH program was really the springboard I needed to launch my career in global health. Through engaging and rigorous courses, the program provided me with the foundation and tools to succeed at tackling the complex problems I am faced with in my day to day work. Whether it was working on the Syrian refugee crisis or the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, I always felt I had the skills to do my work well. Instrumental in getting where I am today has been the department's faculty and leadership --exceptional and always approachable. In fact, they are family-- always supportive of my work; a place I like to go back to for advice and great conversations.
What is next for Karin? She is headed back to Guinea with the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) to continue working toward the development of stronger health systems and increased international cooperation to prevent avoidable humanitarian crises like Ebola.