Scott Halliday is very grateful that the Global Health Minor officially launched in Winter Quarter, 2011, as it was his last quarter at the University of Washington. Scott is a pre-med student who also earned a degree in international studies; he seeks to combine these two academic fields via a career in global health. He appreciates that the minor is truly interdisciplinary, allowing him to take varied courses at the UW, but also to stitch them together in a cohesive way.
A constant theme in Scott’s education has been that socioeconomic inequalities drive health disparities; subsequently, he has pursued opportunities that allow him to understand the roots of inequality and what might be done to address them. Scott seeks to build a career working in settings with poor health outcomes, administering care to individuals while simultaneously addressing social determinants of health. All of the above themes and interests were confirmed when Scott studied abroad in Nepal through a UW-sponsored Exploration Seminar.
Scott captures the goals of the Global Health Minor remarkably well when stating that the discipline of “global health gives us a lens to critically analyze not only what is happening abroad in the developing world, but how our actions in the developed world (i.e. Seattle) affect those issues.” One challenge Scott identifies is finding interventions that meet their goals, but do not adversely impact existing health systems. He also believes there must be much more sensitivity in the way global health work is conducted, asking communities if and how they want help versus presuming that well-intentioned outsiders know the major issues and challenges.