Where did you live before coming to UW and/or where are you from originally?

I am from Ukraine. I was born in Ternopil (western part of Ukraine), last four years I lived and worked in Kyiv.

What is your background in public health/global health?

I am an infectious disease doctor by training. After graduating from Medical University, I worked in the hospital. Almost two years I spent in Perugia (Italy), there I started working with public health (prevention of cervical cancer). There I understood the importance of public health. When I came in Ukraine, I wanted to continue to work in that realm of medicine. I worked as an HIV/AIDS specialist in PEPFAR project Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health. Later I continued working in the department of viral hepatitis, in the Global Fund project. During my work in Kyiv I got the psychotherapy specialization and decided to shift to the mental health field.

Why did you choose to get your MPH in global health at the UW?

As I am a Fulbrighter, I had to choose 4 Universities where I would like to study public health. While I was looking for the information about universities, I came across Global health program. Therefore, it seemed to me that Global health could find solutions to the current issues. One more thing that impressed me was the signing in the letter of Julie Brunett (the first person I communicated with) – acknowledging “of living and working on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish”. Remembering past, we may move to the future – this idea appeals to me.

What has the cohort experience been like for you (so far)?

Applying to the UW, on the global health program, I expected to meet people from around the world. And it happened. I met people with so rich experience, with so great background, with so kind hearts. I am so happy that I found here my close friends, with whom we study and pass time together, share our troubles and victories. Before coming here, I was afraid to be alone, but meeting my great Supportive Team, my fear disappeared.

What do you enjoy most about Seattle?

Beautiful people - who open and show me American life and culture. Great nature – I love so much hiking and mountains around me. I have also found a Ukrainian community and Ukrainian Greek-catholic church, with whom I feel as I am at home.

What advice do you have for students interested in applying to the program?

Let the word “global” doesn’t frighten you. Your impact may make a difference. If you have questions, don’t be afraid to ask and contact with people from the University – be sure, you will always receive an answer.