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.