Wednesday, June 12, 2019 marked the 12th Department of Global Health graduation since the department’s founding in 2007. This year’s celebration saw a record number of students, as 74 students received their degrees, up from last year’s total of 56. Of the 74 graduates in the Class of 2019, 62 received Masters in Public Health and 12 earned PhDs in Global Health Implementation Science, Global Health Metrics, or Pathobiology.
Mina Halpern’s interest in global health issues began when she worked as a peer educator at Planned Parenthood while attending high school in Olympia. She says this experience sparked a passion for HIV research, eventually leading her to the University of Washington, where she graduated with a Master’s in Public Health in 2006.
Part of the University of Washington Department of Global Health’s wide-ranging reach includes involvement in Washington state high schools that have designed global health classes of their own. Tami Caraballo teaches at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, about 25 miles north of Seattle. Caraballo is in her fourth year teaching a Global Health 101 course, and has nearly ten years of experience teaching Advanced Molecular Biology for Global Health.
Preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission, conducting novel research on West Nile Virus, and developing better approaches to mental health are just some of the ways that UW global health students are already making positive health impacts locally, nationally and globally. Each year, the Department of Global Health recognizes graduating Master’s, PhD and medical student scholars who are exemplary students and engaged leaders in global health.
This year’s awardees included Rabi Yunusa, who received the Global Health Outstanding Master’s Student award.
On May 16, 2019, the University of Washington welcomed Stephen Lewis, co-director of AIDS-Free World, for the Stephen Gloyd Endowed Lecture. Lewis co-founded AIDS-Free World in 2007 with the hopes of starting a non-profit organization that creates more effective worldwide responses to HIV and AIDS. The organization examines several factors within the AIDS epidemic, including discrimination and violence against women, the LGBT community, disabled persons, and poor and marginalized populations.
The Department of Global Health awarded 36 international travel fellowships this spring to support the projects and research of graduate and medical residents at UW for the next academic year. Thirty-six students from varied disciplines across the University, including global health, nursing, epidemiology, medicine, public health, psychiatry, and pharmacy, will travel to 18 countries pursuing fieldwork experience.
Before reaching her current position of Field Coordinator with Doctors Without Borders, Karin Huster was a Registered Nurse and an MPH student at the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health. Working alongside professors , Huster gathered a multitude of skills that she’s used to advance her career. In addition to her wide-ranging field work, Huster is a regular writer and contributor to radio shows and podcasts.
Prior to earning their Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, all students in the University of Washington School of Public Health must complete a practicum project, in which they take the knowledge they’ve gained in the classroom and apply it to the real world.
Born in Pakistan and educated at the University of Washington from 1996-1998, Dr. Rana Jawad Asghar has carved an impressive career in global health. Stints at UW (where he earned a Master’s in Public Health), Stanford, and University of Bristol preceded several jobs across the globe, spanning from Mozambique to Atlanta, Georgia. Today, Asghar serves as the CEO of Global Health Strategists & Implementers, a consulting firm focused on improving the global population’s health. Dr.
Global Health Pathway Student Naomi Nkinsi Receives Award to Research Linkages between Food Insecurity and HIV Outcomes
University of Washington Global Health Pathway medical student Naomi Nkinsi has been awarded a new grant to fund research on the effect of food insecurity on antiretroviral therapy and HIV outcomes in South Africa. The $4000 Grant for Emerging Researchers/Clinicians Mentorship (G.E.R.M.) was awarded by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Foundation.