Master of Health Science candidate
Volunteer with Project HEALTH
Internship with William J. Clinton Foundation
Work with Botswana-Harvard HIV/AIDS Research Laboratory
Reproductive, Perinatal, and Women's Health
What are your career goals?
I hope to have a career that combines both public health and clinical medicine. I would like to work with under-served populations, particularly in areas of the world that are currently lacking in reproductive health services. I hope to help in the creation of reproductive health programs that will be accessible to everyone.
What sparked your interest in global health?
During my junior year of college I spent five months conducting research at the Botswana-Harvard HIV/AIDS Research Laboratory, located in Gaborone, Botswana. During this time I was able to learn about the various ways Botswana has dealt with the public health crisis of HIV/AIDS. This experience sparked my interest in how research, clinical medicine and public health policies are each involved in creating programs to address health at both the population and individual level.
How do you see yourself making a difference in public health because of the Global Health Scholarship?
This scholarship has made it possible for me to pursue a public health degree. Because of the scholarship, I will have the opportunity to become involved in volunteer opportunities and internships that otherwise would not have been financially feasible. Through my public health education, I hope not only to learn how to improve and implement public health programs, but also how to make these programs accessible to everyone, regardless of economic background or where they live in the world. Because of this scholarship I have the chance to study something I am passionate about, and I hope to use that knowledge to improve the health care provided to others.
Who inspires you and why?
I am inspired by my grandmother, Pat Woods. She has worked incredibly hard to ensure that her children and grandchildren are able to get strong educations and have opportunities that were not available to her. Throughout my life she has provided been an example to me of generosity, selflessness, the benefits of walking every day, and the art of eating raw lemons.