Sharon Heung, Global Health Minor
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Sharon Heung, Global Health Minor
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Sharon has expressed interest in health through volunteering at the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) ICU unit and is currently an active member of GlobeMed, a non-profit organization at UW, that partners student leaders at universities across the United States with grassroots organizations in impoverished areas of the world. After reflecting on her experiences, Sharon realized she was captivated by technology and design; however, still felt very passionate about health equity and health issues.  She wanted to address global health issues through technology and design. Because of this interest, Sharon created an interdisciplinary curriculum of design and engineering, majoring in Human Centered Design and Engineering and minoring in Global health.

What interested her in the global health minor was the ability to learn more about current global health issues and its intricacies. Not only is she an advocate for health as a human right, but also strives to use technology and design to promote better health outcomes. Through the global health minor, she is comprehending the root causes and factors of global health disparities. She is passionate about addressing these global issues by thinking critically from a design and engineering perspective, while also understanding the other influences at play. More specifically, she has expressed interest in accessible design and plans to study abroad in Cape Town to better understand rehabilitation medicine and the stigmatization of individuals with disabilities in other cultures. Ultimately, Sharon recognizes the worldwide health disparities and seeks to mitigate these through technology, design and engineering.