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Global Health Studies Alumni reflect on the benefits of the Public Health Mentorship Program.

Video Testimonials from 2013 Mentors

The Public Health Mentorship Program, which launched in January 2013, is uniquely designed to foster the personal and professional development of Global Health Studies minors. 


Each participating undergraduate student (mentee) is matched with an alumni (mentor) and encouraged to build a strong relationship together while sharing knowledge, resources, and areas for growth. Global Health Studies minors will have the opportunity to learn the skills and behavioral qualities valued in graduate schools and public health careers from their mentor while developing a new professional connection. Note that it is not necessary for mentors to have pursued graduate education to participate.

The estimated time commitment for this Winter/Spring quarter program will vary; it is up to each pairing to decide together what their commitments and expectations are. Suggested discussion topics are goal setting; résumé building and the job search process; crafting an effective elevator speech; networking and interview skills; careers in public health; and action planning. Students will have the opportunity to convene for events throughout the program to supplement related discussions with their mentor. Both mentors and mentees will be invited to a 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Global Health Studies Minor at Northwestern in the spring (date TBD).


Alumni and student applications open on Monday, October 13th and close on Friday, October 31st. After they close, we will work on matching pairs and communicate back with you in November. Please e-mail with any questions. 



An updated 2015 guide will be available soon! For now, check out last year's guide below.


Please note that our list of mentors will be updated for the 2015 program after applications close.

HANNAH BADAL Hannah Badal is a fellow on the research and evaluation team in the Prevention Communication Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prior to coming to CDC, Hannah worked in HIV surveillance, cancer treatment and prevention, and health education for adolescents. Hannah earned her MPH from the Emory Rollins School of Public Health in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. She loves running, food and the San Francisco Giants. Ultimately, she would like to pursue a PhD in Communication, focusing on health communications, starting in Fall 2015.

JAMA JOY BERNARD I got my first taste of global health work as an undergraduate participant in the IPD South Africa study abroad program in 2006 (the 2nd year of the program!), and went on to pursue a Master of Public Health at the University of Washington, in Seattle. I've also worked on university-based global health programs and research, and I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique, where I worked with nurses and community health workers on a community-based HIV care program. After being inspired by the nurses I worked with in the Peace Corps, I'm now pursuing nursing and aim to combine my background in public health with a clinical skill set.

CAITLIN CALLAHAN Caitlin Callahan, Global Health alumna ’12, is the Reproductive Health Program Associate at a non-profit organization called Public Health Solutions (PHS) in New York City. In this position, she supports reproductive health direct service programs, as well as coordinates the NYC IUD Taskforce, a coalition of reproductive health leaders dedicated to breaking down barriers to access alternative contraceptive methods. Prior to this role, Caitlin served as a Global Health Corps fellow at PHS, working to strengthen public health systems and to support PHS' maternal and child health programs, particularly the nutritional and access to health insurance projects. On campus, Caitlin directed the Living Wage Campaign and was actively involved in Northwestern Community Development Corps (NCDC), the largest service group on campus, as well as her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. She believes that health is a human right and plans to attend law school to practice human rights law.

GILLIAN FELDMETH I'm a very recent grad of Northwestern (class of 2013) and decided to stay in Chicago to take advantage of the vast public health opportunities here in the city. I'm just starting a new job at The University of a Chicago Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and as a participant in the Public Health Mentorship Program last year I think this will be a great way to exchange knowledge and stay connected with NU. Future plans: I hope to go to grad school to get an MPH. I loved my practicum in DC working in healthcare advocacy. My study abroad program in Paris really solidified my desire to work in the American public health sector.

HAYLEY GLEESON After graduating from Northwestern in 2013 with majors in Psychology and Legal Studies and a minor in Global Health Studies, I moved to London to begin my Masters in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I loved working with the Admissions Office and Wildcat Welcome, and intend to carry this on now that I have graduated - I am applying to be an LSHTM student ambassador and have also signed up as an alumni volunteer for NU events in London.  I am focusing on Health Promotion, and hope to one day work on health behaviour campaigns directed at teens and adolescent health on health issues like sexual health and drugs/alcohol awareness. I love watching documentaries and reading books that relate to public health or travel or both. I enjoy travelling, baking, and doing crafts/DIY from Pinterest. I also love going to galleries and museums.

JULIA HARRIS While at Northwestern I became fascinated in the application of anthropology to global health research. I studied abroad in Mexico City, Buenos Aires, and Port Elizabeth, South Africa. After graduating from Northwestern I had the amazing opportunity to moved back to Brazil, where I was born, to do a research internship in Rio de Janeiro at the National School of Public Health. During this time I decided I really wanted to work in clinical medicine and I applied to and was accepted into the Medical School for International Health in collaboration with Columbia University in Beer Sheva, Israel. I spent 4 amazing years in Israel going to medical school during which time I had the opportunity to work with the diverse patient population of various areas of the Negev desert. I then moved to Philadelphia to do my residency in Ob/Gyn at Drexel College of Medicine/Hahnemann University Hospital in center city. I believe global health is not one distinct entity but rather an approach to the vast industries of health care and public health. Ultimately,I hope to pursue a fellowship in "female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery."

SARAH JU Sarah Ju has her Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) and is Certified in Public Health (CPH). She has international development experience in Africa, Europe, and Latin America and Caribbean regions. She has been involved in projects in health systems, child survival, community development, infectious diseases, education, and water and sanitation. Last year, she worked in Mali, Guinea, and Benin, West Africa. Currently, she is working in Haiti as a program manager for health.

PAGE KIRKPATRICK Currently I am working on an MHA (Master's in Health Administration)/MBA from the University of Minnesota, class of 2015.I worked for Epic Systems, an electronic medical record software company, as a project manager for a little over a year. My career goal is to improve access to obstetrical care in rural Africa so that the neonatal and maternal death rates decrease. In my free time, I enjoy ice skating and singing.

DAVID LEANDER  I graduated from Northwestern in 2010 with majors in Materials Science, Economics, and Spanish and minors in Global Health and Classics. While at Northwestern, I took advantage of the many research opportunities available and spent time investigating cancer therapeutics using biomimetic gold nanoparticles, and I also did my own research project at Access Community Health Clinics looking at the behaviors and attitudes of the Spanish speaking population related to pharmacies and the availability (or lack thereof) of prescription medications.  As well, I participated in the Mexico City Public Health study abroad program and absolutely loved it!  I was not exactly sure where in the healthcare field I wanted to be, but fortunately, I got a job at Epic Systems, working with electronic medical records.  At Epic, I worked for three years implementing systems and visiting about 100 different hospitals around the country. This experience helped me realize that I wanted to pursue medicine.  Currently, I'm working on my medical school application to apply this upcoming cycle. I'm interested in the public health aspect of medicine in terms of health disparities and epidemiology, but also I'm interested in general health policy and health economics. 

EMERY MATHIESON Coming in to Northwestern, I was interested in the intersection of business, medicine, technology, and politics, but was unaware that such a combination did in fact exist. Taking Global Health courses showed me this and fostered a passion for improving the health of others. Following my graduation, I began my studies for a Master of Public Health at Emory University, and now live in Washington, DC working to design and optimize entire hospital systems so as to improve patient outcomes. I am passionate about the optimization and development of local, national, and global health systems using innovative technology and data analytics.

TEJ MOTIWALA I recently graduated from Northwestern in 2012 with a degree in Biological Sciences and Global Health Studies. I currently live in New York City and I am pursuing my MPH in Healthcare Management at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. This past summer, I interned at Deloitte Consulting, within their Healthcare and Life Sciences practice, where I worked on an IT Strategy project at a major health insurance company. In terms of my career, I'm interested in improving healthcare delivery and access to care, both locally and globally--I have a particular interest in emerging markets and hope to work abroad in the future. I'm extremely thankful to have studied abroad in Paris because learning about health policy and systems in a global context is what motivated me to pursue this career path.

RACHEL PARK Rachel is working as a management consultant with Oliver Wyman's Health & Life Sciences practice during one of the most exciting times to be in the U.S. healthcare industry. She's had the opportunity to work with clients across the private, public, and non-profit healthcare sectors as they tackle health reform, unsustainable medical inflation, and the rise of the consumer. She took a break from consulting to help Partners In Health launch a national network of engaged global health volunteers called PIH | Engage. Rachel enjoys yoga, canoeing, dystopian novels, and domestic healthcare.

MAYA RAGAVAN I am a first year pediatric resident at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital/Stanford and a recent graduate of Northwestern Medical School. I am interested in pursuing general pediatrics after residency. I love public health and developed an interest in teen dating violence prevention while studying abroad in India. I also love working on local, sustainable grassroots projects.I had the incredible opportunity to serve as an IPD mentor last year and look forward to continuing being part of this amazing program.

JUSTIN TROP Hello, hola, salut, xin chào, 你好! My name is Justin, and I'm an aspiring doctor, hopeful global health professional, lover of anthropology, lifelong student, and believer in the power of education. I am very interested in the intersections of culture of health -- that is, the influence of culture on health itself, the experience of illness, healthcare provision, healthcare-seeking behaviors, health beliefs and practices, and communication (both at the doctor-patient level and public health level). I am passionate about service work and learning about other cultures. I also highly value education and see it as a tool for empowerment. In terms of my hobbies, I love to cook, stay in shape, listen to world music, and travel.Right now, I'm in the process of applying to medical school, and I'm also working on a volunteer project in medical education that seeks to examine medicine, health, and illness from the perspectives of the medical humanities, which includes the arts, the humanities, and the social sciences. In the past, I've worked in health/medical education and refugee medical case management and as Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Vietnam. I hope that I can share my knowledge and experiences with you and that we can encourage each other to think about global health in new ways.

SAM WING I am a 2010 Northwestern graduate and just finished my MPH in epidemiology at UIC in May 2013. As an undergrad at NU, I was the recipient of the Group Research grant from IPD. I spent 7 weeks in Tanzania with my two close friends on our research endeavors to investigate tuberculosis. The whole experience was the defining moment in my college career and really galvanized my career path into public health. I recently began a new position at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in the transplant center. I'm responsible for all the data needs of our department, which can include the analysis of financial or clinical data, as well as working with clinicians on ad hoc queries. I spend a lot of my free time cycling, whether it's to and from work, or on much longer rides around the Chicago area. I'm also into cooking and exploring all the corners of the city.