Winta Mehtsun

Master of Public Health candidate

Merck Research Fellow
Pfizer Research Fellow
Distinguished Majors Program – Chemistry

Eritrea, Zambia, Nigeria, United States, and Singapore

Concentration on Epidemiology and biostatistics complemented by health systems evalutation/econometircs

What are your career goals?

I hope to be a pioneer in creating solutions to adequately address health system constraints, with particular attention to surgical interventions both in the United States and internationally. I would like to acquire skills that will enable me to carry out epidemiologically sound clinical research, focused on surgical interventions in the context of health system reform and capacity strengthening.

What sparked your interest in global health?

My interest in public health was planted during my adolescence, which was spent in several countries that differed from each other in important ways. I’ve lived in advanced industrial democracies and struggling developing countries, and my experiences in the latter fed a desire to return and contribute to underserved communities. My curiosity in development can also be traced to biography and geography – specifically, it was sparked by my time in Singapore. I spent my high school years there and I was amazed that in spite of gaining its independence in 1965, Singapore transformed its fate within a generation. This is contrast to some of the less fortunate countries I lived in on my native continent.

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

Through the Global Health Scholarship I have a unique opportunity to work at the forefront of global health. I am excited to build partnerships with various stakeholders in the development arena, ranging from officials in government, senior management in international organizations, academic and community physicians in global health, and marginalized groups, who are the ultimate beneficiaries of development efforts. I look forward to being a physician that will contribute to building collaborative efforts between institutions of the developing and developed world, with a focus of building self-sustaining health systems that are equipped to address local needs.

Who inspires you and why?

My family has been my greatest inspiration! My parents taught me compassion, humility, diligence, and always challenged me to push the envelope. My two younger sisters have also inspired me to dream big and motivated me through their own accomplishments.

People

Yukari C. Manabe, MD

Associate Director of Global Health Research and Innovation

Joanne Katz, ScD MS,BSc

Associate Chair, Director of Academic Programs

Robert Bollinger Jr., MD MPH

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

Noreen Hynes, MD MPH

Director, Geographic Medicine Center of the Division of Infectious Diseases

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

Nutrition Innovation Lab

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Mpilonhle

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