March 8 is International Women's Day! To celebrate the day, the Department of Global Health is highlighting stories from the past year that showcase the work of our talented and diverse students, alumna, staff, and faculty working to promote health for all. 




Pamela Collins, Professor, Global Health 

Dr. Pamela Collins, MD, MPH, is the department's Director of Research & Faculty Development as well as the Director of the UW Global Mental Health Program, a joint effort of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Global Health. In this Q & A, Pamela shares her views on the most pressing issues facing mental health today. More. 

Courtney Jackson, MPH (2019)

Courtney was named to UW's Husky 100 list in 2019, which honors  students who display exemplary work in their fields. During her time at UW, Courtney also received DGH's Endowed Fellowship for Global Health Excellence, Equity and Impact and conducted research abroad in both Nicaragua and Puerto Rico. Find out more about Courtney's husky experience here.

Stephanie Edlund-Cho, Program Operations Specialist, Global WACh

Stephanie is the Program Operations Specialist for the Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children (Global WACh). Since joining the department in 2017, she's created countless opportunities for students, staff, and faculty, and coordinated  numerous global health events and conferences. Her day-to-day activities also include communications and supporting the Global WACh Certificate program. Read our Q&A with Stephanie here.

Mina Halpern, MPH (2006)

After graduating from UW in 2006 with a Master's in Public Health, Mina Halpern became the executive director of Clínica de Familia La Romana, the largest HIV clinic in the eastern part of the Dominican Republic. During her time in Seattle, Mina was part of the International Health Program, during which she made her initial trip to the Dominican Republic, a visit that helped spark her interest in the health issues facing the country. Mina discussed that and more in this profile story.


Karin Huster, MPH (2013)

Now a Field Coordinator of Doctors Without Borders, Karin Huster received her MPH from the Department of Global Health. Her past work experience includes 10 years at Harborview Medical Center and stints with Partners in Health and the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance. In this interview, Karin offered insights for current students, shared her most valuable takeaways from UW, and opened up about the lessons she's learned during her career.  


Dr. Caryl Feldacker,  Assistant Professor, Global Health

Dr. Caryl Feldacker’s work helps understand trends in adverse events, improve program quality to ensure patient safety, assess benefits and risks of performance-based financing, and strengthen data quality for accurate and timely reporting. She is currently leading research that shows that interactive, mobile technology safely improves male circumcision care quality at lower cost than standard post-operative visits. More.



Ruanne Barnabas, Associate Professor, Global Health

Dr. Ruanne Barnabas is leading projects aimed at identifying effective and efficient HIV and STI treatment and prevention strategies, including a new study that is shedding light on how a combination of screening and vaccination strategies can be used more effectively to eliminate cervical cancer in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). More.


Connie Celum, Professor, Global Health

Dr. Connie Celum, MD, MPH, is an infectious disease physician, epidemiologist, and clinical researcher. She has led multi-center HIV prevention efficacy trials, including genital herpes suppression for prevention of HIV acquisition as well as HIV transmission. Celum’s current research includes PrEP promotion and delivery in Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe. More.


The theme of International Women's Day 2020 campaign is #GenerationEquality. To learn more about International Women's Day, visit