Rachel Turkel

Master of Public Health

Bachelor of Arts
Major: Philosophy and Mathematics

United States of America

International Health, Social/Behavioral Interventions

What are your career goals?

I'm still unsure about my specific career goals, but I'm very much interested in working with African countries helping to set up behavioral interventions based on field research and input from local communities.

What sparked your interest in global health?

I first became interested in global health after joining an AIDS Awareness club in high school.  Volunteering at an orphanage in Malawi during college really cemented that interest.

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

I look forward to using my time at Hopkins to go abroad to Africa after my first year.  I would like to work in the field doing research on behavioral interventions and local psychological factors to determine the most effective solutions to global health problems.

Who inspires you and why?

I'm inspired by Unite For Sight, a global health non-profit that I worked for before coming to Hopkins.  They do tremendous work with eye care in developing countries, and have an enviable financial model that contributes 100% of all donations to the actual cause.  I'm also inspired by HVCS, an organization that I used to volunteer with, that has done incredible work with the HIV/AIDS community in New York.

People

Yukari C. Manabe, MD

Associate Director of Global Health Research and Innovation

Noreen Hynes, MD MPH

Director, Geographic Medicine Center of the Division of Infectious Diseases

Robert Bollinger Jr., MD MPH

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

Joanne Katz, ScD MS,BSc

Associate Chair, Director of Academic Programs

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
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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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Identification and Enumeration of Pathogens in Drinking...

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Nutrition Innovation Lab

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Mpilonhle

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