Talking Community Mobilization and Advice for Students Entering the Field

In May 2019, I had the opportunity to travel to Geneva, Switzerland and not only attend the World Health Assembly, but also meet with individuals from various global health organizations. This was an excellent culmination of my Master of Public Health studies at the University of Southern California where I concentrated on Global Health and…

Global Health with a Sexual and Reproductive Health Focus in Geneva

As a Master of Public Health student with the University of Southern California and an adolescent reproductive health educator in Southern California, I was excited by the opportunity to join the Global Health Governance and Diplomacy in Practice course to Geneva for the 72nd World Health Assembly. Along with fellow MPH students and global health…

Global Health Policy and a Little Bit of Frankenstein Fun in Geneva

My name is Liz Frank and I am currently a first-year MPH student at the University of Southern California. When I first heard of the opportunity to visit Geneva and attend the 72nd World Health Assembly for course credit ((PM 589: Global Health Governance and Diplomacy in Practice in Geneva), I knew it was something…

Two weeks in Geneva: meet, play, love?

In visiting internationally-focused organizations, ranging from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to the World Trade Organization, our course, “PM 589: Global Health Governance and Diplomacy in Practice in Geneva,” allowed us to explore how public health is politicized, cultivated, and shaped from all angles. By attending the World Health…

Connections at the 72nd World Health Assembly

This post was written by Joshua Munday, a student in the online MPH Global Health Leadership program at the USC Keck School of Medicine. I am a Family Nurse Practitioner and I had the pleasure of meeting Erica Burton, RN, at the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva during the Global Health Governance and Diplomacy…

Hospital Waste and Global Health

This piece was written by Amy Jahr and Peggy Ebner, both medical students at USC Keck School of Medicine, as part of a collaborative project between the Global Health and Family Medicine student interest groups. Hospital waste is a growing and frequently ignored problem that has far reaching impacts on underserved communities both in the…

Home Sweet Home

It was finally my last day in Vietnam. The night before, I went to dinner with my research team and medical students to celebrate the successful conclusion of the data collection phase of the research study. We laughed over our shared experienced and wished we had more time to be together. Packing my bags alone…

Reality of Research

When it comes to traumatic injuries, a person’s first thought in America is call 9-1-1. We have absolute trust in the pre-hospital medical system and rely on EMS providers who are always ready at a moment’s notice to render care. However, what happens in areas where providers, resources and training are not as readily available?…

Unfamiliar & Full of Adventure

I stepped off the plane in Vietnam at 10:30pm. As I exited the airport, my senses were flooded with new information. Clashing scents of delicious food and thick smog filled my nose. Blurred by the pouring rain, flashing colorful lights lit up the hazy street. Warring taxi drivers shouted Vietnamese prices, offering to drive me…