PUBLIC HEALTH MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
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 for Global Health Studies minors to work on personal and professional development.
Groups of one alumni, one upperclassman, and one underclassman work together, taking advantage of the knowledge, strengths, and needs of all parties. Global Health minors learn the skills and behavioral qualities valued in graduate schools and public health affiliated careers from the mentor while developing an informal peer advisor relationship with each other. It is not necessary for mentors to have pursued graduate education to participate.
The estimated time commitment for the two-quarter Winter and Spring program is four hours per month for students, one to two hours per month for alumni. Monthly 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 convene for an event at the beginning of each month to engage with the topic. Afterwards, students will have in-depth conversations with their mentors to reflect on the previously discussed ideas.
WINTER/SPRING 2014 PROGRAM DEADLINES
Alumni applications open on Tuesday, September 17th and close on Friday, October 11th.
Student applications open Tuesday, October 1st and close on Friday, November 1st.
STUDENTS & ALUMNI APPLY HERE!
MEET THE MENTORS
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.
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, MSPH, CH, has international development experience in Africa and Central America, and has been involved with projects in health systems, child survival, community development, infectious diseases, education, and water and sanitation. In the past year, she worked in Mali with Johns Hopkins, and in Guinea and Benin with Catholic Relief Services. Before joining the CRS/Haiti team, she was employed at Jhpiego, an affiliate of Hopkins, working on various international maternal and newborn health projects. She is particularly interested in health systems strengthening and capacity building.
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 really am interested in solving the problems of healthcare, of which there are many. The salient ones that interest me are: health disparities, health inequalities, health economics, efficiency within healthcare, public health and education, and global health solutions using modern technology. I currently volunteer at Brady East Side Clinic, which primarily focuses on the LGBT community of Milwaukee and I'm an HIV counselor, which is very important work to educate and empower the public. Presently, I'm working towards applying to medical school next summer after transitioning from a career in healthcare IT. I absolutely loved my time at NU, and am excited to share experiences and ideas with current students.
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.