• Clinical Instructor, Global Health
  • Clinical Instructor, Psychosocial and Community Health

Seattle, WA
United States

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Karin Huster earned a BS in Nursing from the UW in 2005 and her MPH from UW's DGH in 2013. She worked nine years as an RN at Harborview Medical Center's Trauma ICU. She focuses on responding to humanitarian emergencies- in a clinical capacity, as a field epidemiologist, or as advisor to the emergency response branch of USAID.
Her work took her to Lebanon in 2012-13, addressing the health issues of Syrian refugees. She spent 2014 on the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, working in all three countries until the very end of the epidemic in May 2016. Subsequent assignments were to the DRC on a large yellow fever outbreak response, improving surveillance and response capacity, then to Haiti for a cholera outbreak. In 2017, she responded to the near-famine in Nigeria. That same year she went to Iraq, managing a Doctors Without Borders' emergency war hospital. She has just returned from Bangladesh (Royingya refugee crisis), where she responded to the Diphteria outbreak and worked on the Joint Emergency Response & Preparedness Plan.

Professional interests: emergency response & preparedness; chronic diseases in emergencies; journalism and health; surgical capacity in ressource-poor settings.

  • MPH (University of Washington)
  • BSN (University of Washington)
  • Licence de Lettres (Universite de la Reunion)
  • DEUG de Lettres (Universite de la Sorbonne)
Country Affiliations 
  • French
  • Spanish
Health Topics 
  • Community Health Workers
  • Disease Surveillance
  • Ebola
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Health Interventions
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nursing
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