As a GHI fellow, Hana Burkly (NHS’19, G’20) worked with faculty mentor Vincent Turbat, assistant professor in the Department of International Health, on a project that examined demographic trends and health outcomes in sub-Saharan African countries.
“Collaborating with faculty helped me use the skills I had learned in the classroom and apply them in the real world,” said Burkly. “I learned to be patient with myself as I navigated the larger, more complex datasets.”
A Field Without 'Quick Fixes'
Robert Treval (SFS’19) assisted in planning a meeting on international malaria policy under the mentorship of Susan Kim, executive director of the Center for Global Health and Quality (GHQ). When he traveled to New Orleans for the event with GHQ Senior Research Associate Lauren Mathae, he watched global health policy take shape in real time.
“The process of traveling was exciting because it showed the human aspect to this high-level meeting and gave me a view of the work and effort that goes into even small details of policy,” said Treval. “The fellowship itself, along with the work I did with Susan, also showed me how diverse and large the health field can be.”
“I hope that [students] walk away from the GHI fellowship with an understanding of the complexity and breadth of global health problems,” said Mendenhall. “There are no quick fixes or easy answers.”
Careers in Global Health
Katelyn Shahbazian (SFS’18) conducted archival research in Georgetown's Special Archives during her GHI fellowship. After graduation, Shahbazian began working with Population Services International as a program assistant for the President’s Malaria Initiative.
“I learned to absorb and analyze vast amounts of information, and then write and speak about it in a meaningful and concise manner,” said Shahbazian.
“GHI also connected me to an amazing network of students and professors around campus that I would not have otherwise had the pleasure of working with.”
Before enrolling in the MSFS international development concentration to build his background in development, security, and international affairs, Sanjay Iyer (G’19) helped coordinate a malaria program in Zambia as a Peace Corps response volunteer. As a GHI fellow, Iyer researched the “Know-Do Gap” between health care worker knowledge and practice with James Habyarimana, Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor in the McCourt School of Public Policy.
“I knew I needed to expand my understandings of development best practices to truly be an effective agent of change,” said Iyer. “Thanks to the GHI program, the guidance of Professor Habyarimana, and the strong Hoya global health network, I feel empowered and resolute in my decision to pursue a career at the nexus of health, development, and international affairs.”