Securing Justice for Sexual Violence Victims Through Advocacy

Advocating in Kisumu County When I was asked to travel with KELIN to Kisumu County after helping to develop training for lawyers, I was beyond thrilled, but also a little intimidated. We would be flying from Nairobi to Kisumu to educate lawyers on the prevalence of sexual violence and increase in new HIV infections. I…

Jambo, Karibu Kenya!

  My name is Lauren Jackson and I have decided to make Kenya my second home this summer. I came to Nairobi in order to complete my practicum and fellowship. Nairobi is the capital and largest city in Kenya, with a population of nearly 6.5 million. Nairobi is also home to the only national park…

Tires: The perfect breeding ground

One of the themes of my trip to Panama was used tires. Everywhere I went there were tires littering the sides of the roads or haphazardly stacked up by houses. I started pointing them out to our bus full of students and pretty soon they were calling them out to me too and laughing with…

Panama 2017

Hola from Panama! As a I write this I only have three hours before my drive to the airport to go back home. This trip has been amazing- I am sad to leave but also so fortunate to have all these new experiences. Two weeks ago 9 USC MPH student with a wide variety of…

The 70th World Health Assembly

Four ripped tights, two coffee stained blouses, and forty-some espresso shots later, the 70th World Health Assembly would turn out to be one of the best experiences of my life.

A lesson in collaboration

I entered USC’s Master of Public Health program with the dream of promoting health equity through the development of innovative, low-cost solutions.  I was excited by the opportunity to use creativity as a tool for uncovering low-tech mechanisms to bring about positive change at a community level. As a student, it is so hard to…

Fa’a Samoa

Talofa! My name is Bita Minaravesh and I am in my final semester of the global health leadership track of the Master of Public Health program at USC. After eight short weeks in Apia, Samoa, I have completed my practicum at the Ministry of Health and can now add working in a government organization overseas…

What it took to win

Twenty-four teams from four nations, one 20-page prompt, six individuals from three USC graduate schools, and only one whirlwind week to prepare. Sounds like a nightmare, but fortunately thanks to true teamwork and collaboration, this nightmare turned into a dream. When I chose to attend the USC Masters in Public Health Program in January 2016,…

My Time in Kabale, Uganda

Hello, everyone! My name is Cassie Angu and I am a M.S. candidate in global medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. This article was originally posted in the Master’s of Global Medicine newsletter. When I heard that the global medicine program was offering a trip to Uganda, I knew I had to go. As…

The Time is Now: Think Global, Act Local

This post by M.S. Global Medicine student Priyanka Vachhani originally appeared on LinkedIn. “So this is going to require some extra work… and a lot more digging than we usually do for a project… but what if we picked something recent… and relevant to the point that it would transcend the classroom?” I remembered asking…

Kawempe Acute Care Ward in Kampala, Uganda

Hello again! I am sorry for the delay, but I have been unwell and the internet has not been cooperating with me to sustain connectivity in order to post something. Day 1 Today I am feeling a bit better, so Drs. Okello and Samuel traveled by transport van provided by Mulago Hospital to our new…