Endowed Fellowship for Global Health Excellence, Equity and Impact

Q: Tell us a little about yourself

A: I am a proud daughter of Vietnamese immigrants and grew up primarily in San Jose, California. I did my undergraduate degrees in Global Disease Biology and French at the University of California, Davis. There, I worked at a One Health community based clinic serving predominantly rural migrant farmworkers, and did research contributing to the development of a low-cost grey water menstrual hygiene management system for adolescent schoolgirls. In the future, I hope to focus my work on sustainable community development and further study the impacts of climate change on pre-existing health inequities. 

Q: Why did you decide to attend the UW for graduate school? 

A: I chose the UW because the Global Health MPH program is grounded in social justice and collaboration, and because of the committed and diverse faculty and students. When I came to visit the UW, the program felt like a space where I would be not only challenged to develop both my qualitative and quantitative public health skills, but also where our lived experiences as students and individuals of diverse backgrounds would be valued and shared. 

Q: What are you enjoying most about your graduate program?

A: The department of global health and our cohort really do feel like a family. Despite the online format, the wide background of experiences from my professors and classmates make our time together full of dynamic and enriching conversation. Though this past year has been challenging on many levels, my cohort mates and classes have been a huge source of joy, support, and encouragement.