Michelle Ferng

Master of Science in Public Health degree candidate

Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia

Taiwan and Canada

MSPH in International Health – Health Systems

What are your career goals?

I hope to work on strengthening health systems abroad, particularly on improving institutional and community capacity for service delivery. I am especially interested in promoting a rights-based approach to system reform and program design and implementation.

What sparked your interest in global health?

In my freshman year of college, I volunteered in the Guatemalan highland communities on a ventilated stove construction project. It was very rewarding to be able to create lasting impact on the lives of others, especially considering the small scale of the project. I realized then that global health was a field in which I could make a meaningful, measurable difference. I haven’t looked back since.

How do you see yourself making a difference in public health because of the Global Health Scholarship?

Thanks to the Global Health Scholarship, I am pursuing a MSPH at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, which will equip me with the fundamental skills in policy analysis, program design and management, and research. I am excited to join a strong network of public health professionals and look forward to the many opportunities to improve health outcomes around the world.

Who inspires you and why?

I am continually inspired by the late Dr. Jonathan Mann for his work in promoting health and human rights. It’s a constant reminder of why we continue to fight for basic rights, how far we’ve come despite the challenges, and the immense potential — even responsibility — that each of us has to shape dialogue and promote lasting change.

People

Yukari C. Manabe, MD

Associate Director of Global Health Research and Innovation

Robert Bollinger Jr., MD MPH

Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE); Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Global...

Caitlin Kennedy, PhD MPH,BA

Co-Director, MPH concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health; Associate Director, Center for Qualitative...

Stefan Baral, MD MPH,MBA,MSc

Director, Key Populations Program

Noreen Hynes, MD MPH

Director, Geographic Medicine Center of the Division of Infectious Diseases

Joanne Katz, ScD MS,BSc

Associate Chair, Director of Academic Programs
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Projects

Building an Enabling Environment for Vaccines in India...

This project, now in its second phase, aims to create an enabling environment for vaccines in India and contribute to...

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Nutrition Innovation Lab

"Poshan", which means good nutrition in Nepali is ongoing research that involves two interlinked large-scale research studies...

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Mpilonhle

Mpilonhle brings multi-dimensional services to adolescents in rural South Africa. Its objective is to reduce the very high...

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Identification and Enumeration of Pathogens in Drinking...

CWH researchers are using polymerase chain reaction and mass spectrometry technologies to develop a microbial isolation and...

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