This year, the Department of Global Health welcomed six Fulbright scholars from Tunisia, Malawi, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Colombia. The Fulbright program provides prestigious grants that cover an academic year of living, studying, and engaging with the community at U.S. universities. Applying students submit a statement of defined activities they will pursue during their time in America, with graduate students having to demonstrate a capacity for independent study or research.
While completing a Masters of Public Health in the Department of Global Health, students have several ways to gain research and fieldwork experience around the world. Students have fellowship opportunities that allow for hands-on training in a multitude of countries, but the Peace Corps represents another way to apply classroom curriculum at UW to the real world.
A core tenet of the Department of Global Health’s mission is understanding the causes of health inequities at multiple levels, including ways that health intersects with other pressing issues facing the global population. For David Frantz, a third-year undergraduate student in the University of Washington Global Health minor, that meant exploring ways that health can be weaved together with his other academic interests.
Multidisciplinary Work in Global Health - Andrew Trister, Digital Health and Innovation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Andrew Trister, Deputy Director of Digital Health and Innovation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Reflects on a Meandering Path to the Field
Jennifer Velloza spent a year crisscrossing the grass-covered plains and sloping hills of rural Swaziland, dividing her time among ten medical clinics in this small southern African country. Here, nearly one in four people have HIV — and that rate is even higher among women.
As a study manager for Doctors Without Borders, Velloza saw many pregnant and postpartum women struggle to get the HIV testing and treatment they needed, because they were also suffering from sexual trauma, depression or anxiety.
“We’re training the next generation of global leaders. Every graduate, from Spokane or Shanghai, leaves with a global perspective. The University of Washington is fostering global connections that build a better world. I invite you to learn more.” - UW President Ana Mari Cauce
Afya Bora Consortium Fellowships in Global Health Leadership includes 12 in-person and online didactic modules and two 4.5-month mentored, project-oriented attachments at Ministries of Health (MoH), PEPFAR implementing partners, and other non-governmental organizations in Botswana, Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.
The Afya Bora Consortium is a partnership of 8 academic health centers, four in Africa and four in the United States. The four pairs are:
The Department of Global Health is committed to training health professionals from diverse communities and helping to fund the education of such students. Recipients are selected by committee based on academic merit, a deep personal experience with, and connection to, diverse cultures, and demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity within the field of global health.
As the first lawyer to participate in Fogarty’s Global Health Fellows and Scholars program, Neiloy Sircar examined human rights and HIV in Kenya. The country has been encouraging testing and notification of partners and children who may be at risk as part of its strategy to control HIV and link more people with treatment.
The capital of the Peruvian Amazon is only accessible by water or air travel, leaving it inherently isolated from the world. This city, Iquitos, Peru is the largest in the world that cannot be reached by road. Because of its geographic limitations, Iquitos also faces several logistical challenges, something postdoctoral fellow Olaf Recktenwald became very familiar with in his time spent studying the effects of communal meeting spaces on a floating river population’s mental health conditions.