Master of Science in Public Health degree candidate
Bachelor of Arts, Washington University in St. Louis
Major: International and Area Studies;
MSPH, Social and Behavioral Interventions (SBI) from the International Health Department
What are your career goals?
My dream is to work alongside community members as a facilitator, to empower stakeholders in rural communities to design, implement, and manage their own community development programs. I hope that together, we can find innovative approaches. For instance, perhaps we could draw inspiration not only from public health strategies but also from other approaches such as permaculture, to tackle health challenges along with other development goals.
What sparked your interest in global health?
Throughout my travels and work abroad, I gradually became more interested in public health. From unsafe drinking water in western China to malnutrition in Tanzania to lacking sexual education in Honduras and much more, health problems in communities where I lived started to push public health to the forefront of my interests in development.
How do you see yourself making a difference in public health because of the Global Health Scholarship?
Through this incredible scholarship opportunity to study at Johns Hopkins, I strive to tap into the collective wealth of knowledge in international health programs. I believe that Johns Hopkin’s learning environment and practical training will empower me with skills, strategies, and a stronger framework to be more effective in facilitating, designing, and implementing development programs in the future.
Who inspires you and why?
People who believe in the power of one person to do good in the world inspire me because these people drive positive change. I am also inspired by people who work in what they believe and believe in their work, because it is a challenging and courageous thing to put our values above all else.