MSPH Candidate, International Health
Bachelor of Arts, Lafayette College (2010)
Majors: English & Spanish
MSPH, International Health Department, Social and Behavioral Interventions Track
What are your career goals?
After completing my MSPH, I plan to pursue a career in international development, planning and implementing health interventions at a development-focused NGO or international agency like USAID.
What sparked your interest in global health?
I discovered a passion for public health as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Georgia (2011-2013). Shortly after arriving, I found out that breast cancer is the main killer of Georgian women between the ages of 15 and 49. Free screenings, funded by international donors, are available, but social stigma and fear prevent women from being tested. The unfortunate result is that in 2008 more than half of all cases of breast cancer in Georgia were diagnosed in the latter stages.
How do you see yourself making a difference in public health because of the Global Health Scholarship?
As I mentioned, I would like to work in international development, specifically on projects pertaining to women's health. I was attracted to the SBI focus at JHSPH because of my experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Georgia. During my time in Georgia, international organizations and NGOs made free breast cancer screenings available to Georgian women, but because they did not address the cultural, social and psychological factors impacting the women's behavior, few women took advantage of them. At JHSPH, I want to study the complex factors that determine human behavior, in order to design more effective health interventions.
Who inspires you and why?
As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Georgia, I was incredibly inspired by the work ethic and determination of the women and girls in my community. Women in Georgia balance the bulk of the household chores with employment outside the home, often as the primary breadwinners. My interest in women's health comes primarily from my desire to help and support them.