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Be proactive in building strong relationships with your mentors, sponsors, peers, colleagues; mentor and empower others as you progress in your career; be open to exploring differences and digging into conflict to learn from others; commit to creating diverse and inclusive spaces in your work/school/etc.
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Meet Our Network
Degrees: BS ‘14, MD '20
Current Title/Role: Fourth Year Medical Student
Areas of professional interest related to Global and Public Health: My global health minor influenced my future interests significantly. As a medical student, I have become passionate about healthcare for the homeless population and plan to devote my future practice to this field. I have been researching emergency department utilization by homeless individuals in Houston and have been the Director of Projects for our student-run clinic for the homeless. Following graduation, I am pursuing a residency in internal medicine with plans to intersect my interest in homeless healthcare with oncology.
Cornell Global Health Program experience/involvement: At Cornell, I was one of the first students to travel to Lusaka, Zambia for a clinically-focused summer following medical students at the University of Zambia School of Medicine. I had the opportunity to travel to clinics throughout Zambia and to work on a case-study discussing lead poisoning in the town of Kabwe, Zambia. Additionally, I was a teaching assistant for the Introduction to Global Health course, which remains my favorite course taken at Cornell!
Words of Wisdom for current students: There are so many things you can do with a global health degree. I recently have been on many residency interviews and I am still being asked about my experience in global health at Cornell and in Zambia (from 7 years ago!), so don't underestimate this time in your life. Global health is truly global, don't forget about the underserved population in your own backyard!
Degrees: BA '12, MSFS '18 Georgetown University
Current Title/Role: Associate Fellow, Global Health Security, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Areas of professional interest related to Global and Public Health: I am interested in the intersection of global health, security, and geopolitics. In my current role, I am working to advance global health security as a U.S. government policy priority. I contribute to written reports and convenings to inform U.S. policymakers about issues like pandemic preparedness, antimicrobial resistance, vaccine hesitancy, and dual use technologies.
Cornell Global Health Program experience/involvement: I completed a Global Health minor as an undergraduate at Cornell, and stayed on after I graduated to serve as the (first!) Global Health Fellow.
Words of wisdom for current students: Invest in your relationships with your classmates and peers. They will inspire and challenge you, both intellectually and personally, and if you're lucky, you'll remain connected with them for years after you leave Ithaca.
Degrees: BS '17
Current Title/Role: MD/MPH Student at Oregon Health and Science University
Areas of professional interest related to Global and Public Health: I am currently a first-year medical student enrolled in the dual MD/MPH degree at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. I am interested in utilizing my public health training to practice at the intersection of health and social justice, and hope to work towards ultimately decreasing health disparities based on income, education, race, gender, and more. I am passionate about examining the social determinants of health in underserved populations, especially related to sexual and reproductive health. Specific populations I hope to work with as a physician include incarcerated women, LGBTQ+ youth, and American Indian/Alaska Native communities.
Cornell Global Health Program experience/involvement: During my time at Cornell, I participated in the Tanzania Global Health Summer Program following my sophomore year of college (2016), where I worked on a cross-cultural team of Cornell undergraduates and Tanzanian medical students to develop a case study on barriers to care and support for persons with physical disabilities in Moshi, Tanzania and gained clinical experience shadowing at a rural hospital in Machame, Tanzania. After that experience, I went on to serve as a Program Assistant for the Tanzania Summer Program (2016-2017), a General Program Assistant (2017-2018), and then the Global and Public Health Fellow (2018-2019). I was involved with the Global Health Student Advisory Board as well, and was both a student and a teaching assistant for the Leadership in Global and Public Health course.
Words of Wisdom for current students: Treasure every moment that you can during your time at Cornell - the opportunities are truly unparalleled! Find the people you love (friends & mentors), be kind to yourself, take cool classes, and seek out new and exciting challenges whenever possible. I am so grateful to Cornell, and more specifically the Global Health Program, for preparing me more than I could have imagined to embark on the journey of medical school. Please reach out to alumni for questions too! I am so happy to receive notes from current students, and will always make time to chat.
Degrees: BS ’13, MHI ’17 University of Michigan
Current Title/Role: Founder, WorkWell Consulting
Areas of professional interest related to Global and Public Health: Currently, I work with small- to medium-sized employers to implement tailored health and wellbeing programs for their teams. In this capacity, I consult clients on ways to improve their company's built environment, employee's physical and mental health, and build community -- all to create happier, healthier workplaces.
Cornell Global Health Program experience/involvement: The Global Health Minor was my largest point of engagement during my time at Cornell, and made the greatest impact on my life, both personally and professionally. As a student, I participated in the Global Health India and Zambia Summer Programs, served as a TA for the India Summer Program, and worked as a Global Health Student Program Assistant. After graduating, I worked as the Global Health Program Fellow from 2013-14.
Words of Wisdom for current students: Be open-minded to new experiences, courses, people, and places; you never know where those opportunities, skills, knowledge and relationships will lead. Also, Jeanne is a wonderful role model, teacher and mentor -- one of the most impactful educators I've ever had. I highly recommend taking the time to meet with her and build a relationship, she's simply the best!
Degrees: BS '15, SM '18 Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Heath
Current Title/Role: Research Associate, Massachusetts Health Policy Commission
Areas of professional interest related to Global and Public Health: Health policy research with a focus on shifting from volume to value-based care, and access to high-quality affordable care. Recently, I've also had the opportunity to study workforce issues like state scope of practice laws for Nurse Practitioners.
Cornell Global Health Program experience/involvement: Global Health Minor; Global Health Summer Program in Tanzania (2013); TA for NS 2600, NS 4620, NS 3610; Global and Public Health Fellow 2015-16.
Words of Wisdom for current students: Try to keep an open mind whenever you can, and be open to new opportunities that will allow you to develop your interests and passions. Keep choosing opportunities that make you feel like you're learning and growing, and you'll never make a 'wrong' choice.
Degrees: BA '18
Current Title/Role: Research Assistant
Areas of professional interest related to Global and Public Health: Broadly, I am interested in global health policy and implementation science. My work is currently focused on the intersection of climate change and health. Many of the countries experiencing the greatest impacts of climate change are low and middle-income countries. Climate change will only make our goals in global health harder to achieve, amplifying health threats that already exist while also creating new ones. I hope to continue to push our global health community to think more deeply about this intersection as we mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.
Cornell Global Health Program experience/involvement: While at Cornell, I was a member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board (GHSAB), where I helped lead the annual Global Health Case Competition. I pursued an independent field experience in Sagam, Kenya with the Massachusetts General Hospital Division for Global Health and Human Rights. While in Kenya I volunteered at a community hospital and helped coordinate a research study examining the use of ketamine as an emergency anesthetic.
Words of Wisdom for current students: Your professors are a great resource and are all doing extremely interesting global/public health work. Don't be shy about meeting with them to learn more about their work and what they do outside of teaching. I would also encourage you to create new ways to engage in global health programming that haven't yet been explored. If there is a program that you want to see, go start it. Continue to build off of what previous generations have done, but also push the global health program engagement forward by creating new and different opportunities.
Degrees: BS '16, MPH Candidate '20
Current Title/Role: MPH Candidate at the Health and Social Behavior Program at UC Berkeley
Areas of professional interest related to Global and Public Health: I am really interested in health system strengthening and health policy advocacy on both a domestic and international scale.
Cornell Global Health Program experience/involvement: I graduated from Cornell University in 2016 with a BS in Biological Sciences and a Global Health minor. I was drawn to the Global Health Program as an undergraduate because it provided me a safe space and opportunity to learn beyond the classroom and pursue my passion for health internationally. I completed my independent experiential learning requirement in Cusco, Peru in 2014 and participated in the Global Health/ILR Summer Program in Lusaka, Zambia in 2015. Through the South African Institute for Policy and Research and their partner, the Zambian Governance Foundation, I conducted research on alternatives to incarceration focusing on how NGOs can strategically align themselves to community service orders as well as an analysis on the existing and proposed non-custodial sentencing system in Zambia. Throughout my undergraduate career, I held many leadership positions within the program including being a member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board and a Program Assistant for the Zambia Program. After graduating, I served as the Global and Public Health Fellow from 2016-2018.
Words of Wisdom for current students: Take advantage of all the extracurricular opportunities to be involved with the Global Health Program. This program has played such a pivotal role in not only my Cornell experience but also my professional and personal development. It was the place where I found my community on campus.
Degrees: BS ‘14
Current Title/Role: Study Coordinator with Weill Cornell Medicine's Center for Global Health/GHESKIO Centers
Areas of professional interest related to Global and Public Health: Community-based models of HIV care for adolescents and young adults living with HIV; cardiovascular disease risk factors in urban slum communities in Haiti
Cornell Global Health Program experience/involvement: Global Health Fellow in 2014-2015 AY; TA for/participant in the Zambia Summer Program; Global Health Student Advisory Board member.
Words of Wisdom for current students: Be proactive in building strong relationships with your mentors, sponsors, peers, colleagues; mentor and empower others as you progress in your career; be open to exploring differences and digging into conflict to learn from others; commit to creating diverse and inclusive spaces in your work/school/etc.
Degrees: BS’ 14, MPH ’20, MBA ‘20
Current Title/Role: Sommer Scholar
Areas of professional interest related to Global and Public Health: I am interested in international development through innovations in healthcare strategy and delivery.
Cornell Global Health Program experience/involvement: The Cornell Global Health Program was my home at Cornell - it made a huge campus feel personal and left the greatest impact on my personal and professional development. I completed the Global Health Minor, studied and worked in Moshi, Tanzania with the Global Health Summer Program, and served as President of the Cornell Global Health Student Council.
Words of Wisdom for current students: Follow your passions when you're making decisions on what internship or job to take. An individual's career trajectory may seem linear in hindsight, but in the moment it truly is winding path with twists and turns great surprises. Meet interesting people and if what they're doing resonates with you, ask how you can help them out!