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…

Caregiver Becomes Patient

Well, it was bound to happen, Africa has broken my mzungu (Swahili for “foreigner”) immune system and I have held out as long as I could but had to seek some medical treatment for my gastrointestinal and now upper respiratory infections. Being the person that always thinks zebras instead of horses, I convinced myself that…

Child Malnutrition Unit at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda

Greetings from Kampala, Uganda! My name is Laura Anne Salm and I am a Master of Public Health candidate in the global health leadership track at the Keck School of Medicine USC. Over the next month, I will be doing a clerkship at Mulago Hospital, which is affiliated with Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. I have…

A Panamanian Passage: The Ups and Downs of International Field Work

Panama – a country blessed with its geography. If there was a nation born with a silver spoon in its mouth, this was it. The isthmus is strategically located connecting North and South America. The lower saddle of the isthmus is narrow enough that the canal was engineered to bridge the Atlantic and the Caribbean. Now…

An Insightful Experience

These past two weeks have been enlightening. We were able to experience the cooperation between countries and organizations, working towards common goals at the WHA. This was followed by a week of visiting with other organizations in global health, allowing us to have a more personal insight into the realities of a career in the…

Global Health, Refugees and Humanitarian Diplomacy

We are reaching the end of our two week adventure in Geneva, and I find myself reflecting on the multitude of events and agencies visited. Attending the World Health Assembly was truly an incredible experience.To have the opportunity to see global diplomacy in action was humbling and I was honored to to be there. This…

What does “multisectoral” really mean?

Visiting the different organizations this week has been a tremendously rewarding experience and really solidified my learning from last week.While the World Health Assembly focused more on setting goals, making promises, and ensuring accountability for government action, the distinct organizations focused on how these goals, promises, and accountability measures will be implemented at the country…