UW Global Health students: DGH faculty and staff want to collaborate with YOU! Gain first-hand experience on global health projects!

Below are current and upcoming projects from DGH researchers and staff who are looking for students to get involved! DGH will hold networking sessions between January 25 and February 5 where students can discuss project opportunities with relevant faculty/staff.

Below are global health student opportunities listed according to the date of the project networking session. Click the title to find details about the project, along with the time of the project networking session, who (DGH faculty/staff) will lead the session, and how to register. 

JOIN a networking session to learn more about an opportunity:

  • To attend, please register in advance. After you register, you will receive a zoom link that will give you access to each session.
  • Each networking session will offer DGH students an opportunity to connect with faculty or staff to learn more about a project
  • Each session will be an hour long
  • Students can also email the contacts listed below to discuss potential projects or opportunities
  • Once an opportunity is filled, we will indicate this on this page

The opportunities are being updated, so check back often for any changes. 

For general questions, please contact dghcomm@uw.edu.

HIV/STI/Infectious Diseases

Description: Opportunity 1: Conduct secondary quantitative analyses exploring sexual or behavioral among Latinx and immigrant gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men using data from a web-based, national, serial cross-sectional behavioral survey (emoryamis.org). Data are available now for an MPH or PhD student, although funding is not available at this time. Areas of focus: HIV/STI, behavioral health, health equity.

Opportunity 2: Conduct secondary quantitative analyses exploring discussions of HIV status and prevention behaviors among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men in Seattle. Data are currently available for analysis for an MPH or PhD student. Area of focus: HIV.

Opportunity 3: Contribute to analyses of qualitative or costing data from an implementation science study evaluating community-based PrEP navigation services in Washington State. Data are currently being collected and will be available for analysis Spring 2021. Funding may be available. Area of focus: HIV, implementation science.

Open to:  UW DGH Masters, PhD, Medical resident or Fellow

Duration: Depends on project/interests; Start: early as winter or spring quarter but could start later

Skills needed: Statistical Analysis, Epidemiology, Monitoring and Evaluation

Contact: David Katz, dkatz7@uw.edu

Zoom Info Session: 1/25 10 – 11 a.m. Register: https://washington.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEtdeyhqTguHNKgL48cBTnl1aiUuUEYbPo6

Description: Our lab studies the immunology of tuberculosis, with the goal to improve current diagnostics and treatments for TB. We make observations in human populations at higher risk for disease, often from genetics or acquired conditions, then performs sets of mechanistic experiments to better understand why certain individuals develop severe clinical phenotypes of TB disease. From there, we plan to identify strategies to improve TB vaccination and therapies. 

Open to: UW DGH Undergraduate, Masters, PhD, Medical student (pre-clinical), Medical resident or fellow

Duration: 3-12 months; Ongoing start

Skills needed: Statistical Analysis, Research Planning and Design, Laboratory

Contact: Javeed Shahjashah@uw.edu

Description: Our research team focuses on modeling health impacts and prevention strategies for HIV and TB in Uganda and South Africa. We have opportunities for trainees to perform literature searches for model parameters, adapt model code (in R), and use mapping packages (in R) to map epidemiological covariates. We also have implementation science opportunities related to stakeholder engagement.

Opportunities for: UW DGH undergraduate, Masters, PhD, Medical students, Medical Residents or Fellows

Duration: 1-3 quarters; Flexible start

Skills needed: Statistical Analysis, Epidemiology, Data Management, Literature Review

Contact: Jennifer Rossjross3@uw.edu

Description: The opportunity involves assisting with an observational study of women living with HIV and their infants (versus non-HIV-infected controls) recruited during pregnancy and followed until 1 year postpartum. Willingness and ability to help with participants or clinical site administration, management, regulatory compliance. Projects could include: prevalence of BV or STIs in pregnancy by HIV status, infant growth outcomes by maternal HIV status etc.

Open to:  Masters, PhD, Medical student (clinical), Medical resident or Fellow, Not sure? Let's talk!
Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Duration: 4-24 months; Start: Ongoing, but will be difficult during the current pandemic

Skills needed: Epidemiology, Operations Research/Implementation Science, Project Management, Data Management, Clinical

Contact: Heather Jaspanhbjaspan@gmail.com

Project: Statistical analyses and writing manuscript for publication - longitudinal study of people living with HIV in South Africa/ Paul Drain

Description: We completed a large longitudinal study of newly-diagnosed people living with HIV in South Africa.  All participants were tested for Hep B and syphilis at baseline and followed for this initiation and outcomes.

We would now like to have two graduate student write up separate papers for the prevalence, risk factors, and treatment outcomes for people who are (1) Hep B co-infected and (2) syphilis co-infected.

The dataset is clean and ready for use, but will require a student who is proficient in conducting statistical analyses and writing/submitting the manuscript for publication.

Open to: UW DGH Masters, PhD, Medical student (pre-clinical), Medical student (clinical), Medical resident or Fellow

Duration: 6-12 months; Start: January 2021

Skills needed: Statistical Analysis, Epidemiology, Writing

Contact: Paul Drainpkdrain@uw.edu

Description: Infectious disease research: help evaluate the efficacy of new drugs against the syphilis agent in vivo and in vitro.

Open to: UW DGH undergraduate, Medical student (pre-clinical), Medical student (clinical)

Duration: 12 months; Start: Fall 2021

Skills needed: Statistical Analysis, Laboratory, Clinical, Writing, Literature Review

Contact: Lorenzo Giacanigiacal@uw.edu

Description: I-TECH is looking for a student to conduct literature searches on various HIV topics and develop a range of evidence/communication briefs that can be used to inform I-TECH country/technical programs.

Open to: UW DGH Undergraduate, Masters

Duration: 2-6 months; Start: 3/2021 but can be flexible

Skills needed: Project Management, Writing, Literature Review

Contact: Misti McDowellmistim@uw.edu

Project 1: Analysis of Human resources for health (HRH) and HIV program results, Côte d’Ivoire, PEPFAR, Health Alliance International (HAI)/ Steve Gloyd

Description: This MPH thesis project will allow a student to analyze the relationship between human resources for health (HRH) and HIV program results in Côte d’Ivoire. The framework for the project is based on PEPFAR’s guidance for HRH which is widely applied in PEPFAR-supported countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Students will use quantitative data to examine the associations between HRH availability/allocation and achievement of program outcomes including HIV-positive identification, treatment initiation, retention in care, and viral load suppression. There may also be an opportunity to include a sub-analysis of costing data.
The student will receive mentorship and support from HAI staff in Côte d’Ivoire and Seattle. This project will be published as a manuscript and shared with CDC and Ministry of Health officials to inform health workforce management and provide epidemiological data for decision-making at the national level.
Areas of focus: Human Resources for Health, HIV, Epidemiology

Project 2 Description: 

This MPH thesis project will allow the student to evaluate the effects nutritional support package on retention of HIV-positive pregnant women across the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV cascade and on uptake of early infant diagnosis (EID) for HIV-exposed infants. Students will use retrospective data collected from health facility registers for the project. The student will analyze quantitative data comparing outcomes across health facilities that benefited from the intervention and those that did not benefit from the intervention. The student will measure and compare outcomes across the two groups of health facilities. For example, the student will estimate retention across the PMTCT cascade and compare the proportion of HIV-positive pregnant women who brought their children to the health facility for blood specimen collection for a virological test 6 weeks after delivery. Other outcomes that will be compared include the proportion of HIV-positive pregnant women who delivered in a health facility.

The student will receive mentorship and support from HAI staff in Côte d’Ivoire and Seattle. This project will be published as a manuscript and shared with CDC and Ministry of Health officials to inform program planning and provide epidemiological data for decision-making at the national level.

Open to: UW DGH Masters

Duration: Approximately 6-9 months. Duration is dependent on time availability of the student.; Start: February 2021

Skills needed: Statistical Analysis, Epidemiology, Operations Research/Implementation Science, Research Planning and Design, Monitoring and Evaluation, Project Management, Data Management, Public Speaking, Writing, Literature Review

Contact: Stephen Gloydgloyd@uw.edu

Zoom discussion: 2/4 1 – 2 p.m. Register: https://washington.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0rcOGqpzwjHNPzb3OYNGvJ2QmosEaLOvZz

Description: Non-communicable diseases (Cardiovascular diseases) and HIV: Two large studies in Kenya will be entering the 5th and final year of data collection. Both are focused on HIV testing and have qualitative and quantitative data that need to be analyzed and incorporated into a thesis, capstone and/or manuscript.  Below are the titles and some additional key words for each project.

Kenya Project 1: INTEGRATING ASSISTED PARTNER SERVICES AND PHYLOGENETICS FOR HIV AND HCV PREVENTION - HIV testing, persons who inject drugs (PWID), stigma, harm reduction, methadone, gender-based violence, women who inject drugs 

Kenya Project 2: IMPLEMENTING ASSISTED PARTNER SERVICES TO HIV TEST AND TREAT MEN IN WESTERN KENYA - HIV testing, linkage to care, gender-based violence, implementation science, acceptability, cost, screening, adolescents and young women

Project 3: Non-communicable diseases (Cardiovascular diseases) and HIV. The project would include a secondary data analysis of a cross sectional study of HIV positive and HIV negative Kenyan adults looking at the association between carotid intima media thickness (a sign of subclinical atherosclerosis) and biomarkers including C-reactive protein, interleukin 6, interleukin 1, tumor necrosis factor among others. This would end up in a first author publication and the opportunity to work with a mentor and the CVD study team. 

Open to: UW DGH Masters, PhD, Medical student (pre-clinical), Medical resident or Fellow Masters

Duration: Project 1: 10 weeks; Immediately. Kenya Projects: minimum 1 quarter; Anytime between now and end of 2021

Skills needed: Project 1: Statistical Analysis, Epidemiology, Writing. Kenya Projects: Statistical Analysis, Qualitative Analysis, Epidemiology, Operations Research/Implementation Science, Writing, Literature Review

Contact: Carey Farquharcfarq@uw.edu

Project: Training development, Zimbabwe HIV Care and Treatment project, International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH)/ Vivian Bertman

Description: I-TECH Zimbabwe Team is looking for a student who could help create some new training packages for the Zimbabwe HIV Care and Treatment project.

Open to: UW DGH Undergraduate, Masters, PhD

Duration: 2-6 months; Start: 03/2021 but this is flexible

Skills needed: Project Management, Writing, Literature Review

Contact: Vivian Bertman, vbertman@uw.edu

Description: The opportunity is to collaborate in analyzing and writing of qualitative data collected from October 2016 to November 2017. A total of 93 in-depth interviews were conducted with 26 survey participants who were newly diagnosed with HIV infection in Lilongwe, Malawi. The project aimed to explore how cumulative vulnerability affects their intent and actual follow-up of HIV care during the initial 6-month period. Initial data analysis and writing has been done in three topics, which will need review. Secondary data analysis can be open on other additional areas of interest.

Open to: Masters, PhD, Other: someone with experience of analyzing qualitative data.

Duration: 2 quarters; Start: Jan 2021

Skills needed: Qualitative Analysis, Data Management, Writing, Literature Review

Contact: Salem Gugsasalemtg@uw.edu

Description: Project 1: "The ATTACH study is a hybrid implementation-effectiveness cluster randomized trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a package of tools to assist healthcare workers in Kenya with the process of transitioning adolescents living with HIV from pediatric or adolescent to adult/independent care. Prior to trial start, the study collected qualitative data on adolescent experiences with HIV care, including transition and disclosure, from multiple stakeholder perspectives (adolescents, parents of adolescents, healthcare providers).

The student will support the project in conducting data analyses and conducting a systematic or literature review.

Project 2: Understanding preferred user characteristics for a pediatric/adolescent long-acting anti-retroviral medication for HIV treatment 

Open to: UW DGH Masters, PhD

Duration: Project 1: 3-4 months; Start: February or March 2021. Project 2: 1-2 quarters; Start: Spring quarter with possible continuation into summer

Skills needed: Project 1: Other: Qualitative data analysis, experience using ATLAS. Project 2: Qualitative Analysis, Other: Co-facilitating FGDs

Contact: Kristin Beima-Sofiebeimak@uw.edu

Description: I have an opportunity for a student interested in LGBTQ sexual health and HIV prevention who has skills with data management and analysis in Stata. We are conducting a pilot trial of an intervention to promote PrEP uptake and adherence for Kenyan gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.

Open to: UW DGH Masters, PhD

Duration: 12 months; Start: February 2021

Skills needed: Statistical Analysis, Community Assessment, Project Management, Data Management, Writing

Contact: Susan Grahamgrahamsm@uw.edu

Women, adolescent, child health

Description: The Antibiotics for Children with Severe Diarrhea (ABCD) Trial was a double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial conducted in seven countries to determine the efficacy of an antibiotic in reducing risk of death and malnutrition in children less than 2 years of age with diarrhea and dehydration or malnutrition. The primary objectives of the ABCD trial were to compare the change in linear growth and all-cause mortality in the 90 and 180 days, respectively, following an episode of high-risk diarrhea without dysentery among children randomized to receive a 3-day course of azithromycin or placebo. The Kenya Medical Research Institute-University of Washington team lead study activities at six study sites in western Kenya under guidance from the World Health Organization.

This opportunity involves a literature review and support for data management and analysis using data from children enrolled in the Kenya site of the ABCD trial. Specifically, we aim to compare clinical characteristics between children referred from the community to children presenting at the facility following an episode of high-risk diarrhea without dysentery.

The student will be involved in literature search and support data analysis and manuscript writing.

Open to:  UW DGH Masters, PhD

Duration: Spring and Summer; Start: Late March or April 2021

Skills Needed: Statistical Analysis, Epidemiology, Data Management, Writing, Literature Review

Contact: Christine McGrathmcgrathc@uw.edu

Description: I have a database derived from a study on access to health care for children under five in Yucatán, Mexico. Please refer to slides for more information

Open to:  UW DGH Masters student

Duration: 6 months; start: February 2021

Skills needed: Statistical Analysis, Epidemiology, Monitoring and Evaluation

Contact: Bernardo Hernandez Pradobhp3@uw.edu

Description: The Mobile WACh (mobile phone technologies for maternal child health) suite of projects utilizes mobile technologies to support women and infants for engagement in care including neonatal care, postpartum care, family planning, and mental health.  We are looking for students interested in supporting the analysis of outcomes associated with these projects as well as developing future projects. 

Some specific opportunities for analysis include maternal self-efficacy for intrapartum women and longitudinal reported intimate partner violence in the context of a 5,000-person randomized control trial in Kenya. Other opportunities are available, such as conducting a systematic or literature review and developing study communication materials.

Open to: UW DGH undergraduate, Masters, PhD, Medical student (pre-clinical), Medical student (clinical), Medical resident or Fellow

Duration: Flexible duration; Start: Flexible start date

Skills needed: Statistical Analysis, Qualitative Analysis, Epidemiology, Operations Research/Implementation Science, Research Planning and Design, Project Management, Writing, Literature Review

Contact: Jennifer Ungerjunger@uw.edu

Project: Analyses projects for Mobile WAChX study on text messaging on HIV treatment in pregnant and postpartum women in Kenya; and Study on Queer, trans & non-binary community health needs in King County/ Keshet Ronen

Description: Project 1: Mobile WAChX. This study evaluated the impact of text messaging on HIV treatment in pregnant and postpartum women in Kenya. We have a range of longitudinal survey data from pregnancy to 2 years postpartum for 824 study participants, which can be used to conduct epidemiologic analysis on a range of topics depending on the student’s interests.

Project 2: Queer, trans & non-binary community health needs in King County. This project, led by Gay City with support from UW, seeks to understand the unmet health needs of LBTQ women, trans men and gender-non-binary people in Seattle/King County, with the goal of providing guidance for development of a new health program to meet those needs. We have conducted a community survey and focus group discussions to evaluate the community’s health needs and solicit feedback on potential programs. We have an opportunity for a student to lead data analysis and prepare a manuscript on our findings.

Open to: UW DGH Masters, PhD

Duration: Over 4 months; Start: Flexible start date

Skills needed: Statistical Analysis, Epidemiology, Writing, Literature Review, Other: Qualitative data analysis

Contact: Keshet Ronenkeshet@uw.edu

Zoom discussion: Representatives from Global WACh will speak on behalf of faculty at each session. Please register for one session, same information will be distributed on both days.
2/5 10 – 11 a.m. Register: https://washington.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYqcuGtqj4pGtH5ZwwGHN7b9FbtmGgHR-mG

Description: Project 1: "The ATTACH study is a hybrid implementation-effectiveness cluster randomized trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a package of tools to assist healthcare workers in Kenya with the process of transitioning adolescents living with HIV from pediatric or adolescent to adult/independent care. Prior to trial start, the study collected qualitative data on adolescent experiences with HIV care, including transition and disclosure, from multiple stakeholder perspectives (adolescents, parents of adolescents, healthcare providers).

The student will support the project in conducting data analyses and conducting a systematic or literature review.

Project 2: Understanding preferred user characteristics for a pediatric/adolescent long-acting anti-retroviral medication for HIV treatment 

Open to: UW DGH Masters, PhD

Duration: Project 1: 3-4 months; Start: February or March 2021. Project 2: 1-2 quarters; Start: Spring quarter with possible continuation into summer

Skills needed: Project 1: Other: Qualitative data analysis, experience using ATLAS. Project 2: Qualitative Analysis, Other: Co-facilitating FGDs

Contact: Kristin Beima-Sofiebeimak@uw.edu

Description: Data on incidence of pregnancy in a cohort of adolescent girls and co-occurrence of pregnancy and STIs; Data on KAP of novel contraception in postpartum women; Other projects related to adolescent STI incidence and adolescent risk behaviors

Open to: UW DGH Masters, Medical students, Medical Residents or Fellows

Duration: 12 weeks to 2 quarters; Flexible

Skills needed: Statistical Analysis, Qualitative Analysis, Writing, Literature Review

Contact: Alison Roxbyaroxby@uw.edu

Mental Health

Description: Perinatal mental health and risk of suicide - Data sets with information from primary care settings and billing data for care provided to low income women are available for analysis. We are interested in defining the care delivery for identification and treatment of depression and risk of suicide in pregnancy and the year postpartum for a vulnerable population of women in the US. The student will be working with me and our statistical support team to carry out descriptive and predictive analyses based on conceptual models of care utilization. These results will be published as well as used to define intervention strategies to improve these services. Facility with statistical analytic software and basic concepts of statistical analysis are required. Mentorship in the use of more complex models will be provided as needed for the project as it unfolds.

Open to:  UW DGH students – contact for more info

Duration: From one month to several quarters; Start: February 2021

Skills needed: Statistical Analysis

Contact: Ian Bennettibennett@uw.edu

Description: The UW Global Mental Health Program is a program within the Departments of Global Health and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, directed by Dr. Pamela Collins. The Mental Health & Public Policy Communications Project, is a practicum opportunity with the UW GMH Program as an evolving effort to engage faculty and students in developing materials that can communicate developments in the field of global mental health to their peers and the general public. The objectives of the Mental Health & Public Policy Communications Project are to synthesize research and policy in a series of short and digestible policy briefs that can be published in a variety of outlets such as GMH newsletters, blogs, and grey literature. Communicating scientific knowledge to a public audience of non-researchers is an important skill for all researchers and academics. As a global hub of global mental health research, the University of Washington is uniquely poised to serve as a dissemination point in this topic area.

Open to: UW DGH Masters

Duration: 3-6 months; Start: June 2021

Skills needed: Writing

Contact: Tessa Concepcionconcetes@uw.edu

Research Project Coordination

Description: Various (inquire contact below for details)

Open to: UW DGH students – contact for more info

Duration: 1 quarter, with potential for more; Start: flexible

Skills needed: Operations Research/Implementation Science, Literature Review, Other: User experience, web design, graphic design, data viz

Contact: Elspeth Nolen, enolen@uw.edu

Description: The International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) is one of the largest Centers of DGH, comprising of a global network, operating in 17 countries, committed to building long-term capacity in health systems strengthening, workforce development, strategic information systems, expanding innovative research and evaluation, and implementing large-scale programs.  One of our goals is to establish internal communities of practice (CoP) in different technical areas (for example, care and treatment for HIV and training/workforce development) for our global network to promote sharing of best practices, learn from one another, and apply lessons learned within and across projects globally.  We are seeking a Masters level student who can work side by side with faculty and Senior Program Manager Lead of a CoP of interest to support the coordination and administrative implementation of the CoPs (agenda setting, meeting minutes, follow up, etc) and to 1)  document best practices, 2)  to develop evidence briefs supported by evidence shared at CoPs, 3)support and inform, as needed, development of outward facing communications materials on subject matter; and 4) research evidence on innovative interventions on subject matter.  

Open to:  UW DGH Masters students

Duration: 2-3 months; Start: Spring or summer quarter

Skills needed: Research Planning and Design, Monitoring and Evaluation, Project Management, Writing, Literature Review

Contact: Ivonne Ximena Butlerixbutler@uw.edu

Description: I-TECH is a subcontractor on a project aimed at countering emerging dangerous pathogens (EDP) in Ukraine. The bi-lateral efforts of the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP) aims to achieve a mutually beneficial partnership between the US and Ukraine with the end goal of preventing proliferation of technology, pathogens, and expertise that could be used in the development of biological weapons. The larger project involves Ukrainian and US government entities spanning human and animal health.

I-TECH is currently conducting a needs and gap assessment pertaining to two key project areas as part of the larger project. The team is offering a practicum opportunity to am MPH student interested in health workforce training issues and gaining experience in training program evaluation. The student will work closely with the technical team responsible for the desk review and support the team to:
1. Collect, review, analyze and synthesize historical documents of the BTRP training program in Ukraine including lessons learned and challenges identified.
2. Compare and summarize the findings to accepted standards of practice for health workforce training programs.
3. Assist the team in compiling document summaries and data entry into document databases.

Open to: UW DGH Masters students and Undergraduate students

Duration: 2 months; Start: ASAP- March 20th

Skills needed: Qualitative Analysis, Writing, Literature Review

Contact: Lucy Perroneperronel@uw.edu

Communications/Advocacy

1. We would welcome a student to identify compelling I-TECH stories, research leads, and interview I-TECH and partner staff, and draft web stories for the I-TECH website, under the supervision and mentorship of the I-TECH communications team.

2. We also have an opportunity for a student to do an assessment of our archive of success stories, helping us to determine how to share these successes and work on our website, archive them for our internal intranet, and possibly determine programmatic best practices.

Open to: UW DGH Masters, PhD students

Duration: one quarter for each; Start: Spring or Summer quarter or later
Skills needed: Qualitative Analysis, Project Management, Writing

Contact: Anne Fox, foxanne@uw.edu

 

Description: HAI has a practicum opportunity for a Master's student interested in gaining experience with both global health advocacy, NGO communications, and organizational process management. The student will work with HAI's communications and advocacy teams to develop and launch a process for lending institutional support to external partners and initiatives that align with HAI's four advocacy pillars. Full scope TBD with student. Masters student preferred.

Open to: UW DGH Masters

Duration: At least through June; Start: ASAP

Skills needed: Project Management, Writing, Literature Review

Contact: Adam Granatosgranato@uw.edu

Research Training

Description: The Global Health Fellowship Program is a 12-month clinical research training program for post-doctorate trainees and doctoral students in the health professions, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center (FIC) in partnership with several NIH Institutes and Offices.

The Northern/Pacific Global Health Research Fellows Training Consortium is a partnership between the Universities of Washington, Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota and Indiana University; with international partnerships in Kenya, Cameroon, Uganda, Ghana, Liberia, Peru, Thailand, Nepal and India.

fogartyfellows.org

Open to: UW DGH PhD, Medical student (pre-clinical), Medical student (clinical), Medical resident or Fellow

Locations: Fellowship sites in: Kenya, Cameroon, Uganda, Ghana, Liberia, Peru, Thailand, Nepal and India

Duration: 12 months; Start: July 2021

Skills needed: Varies by trainee applying to the NPGH Fellowship

Contact: Joseph Zuntjzunt@uw.edu

 

Medicines/Drugs

Description: Access to essential medicines

Duration: 4-8 weeks; Start: January 2021

Skills needed: Literature review

Opportunities for: UW DGH Masters, PhD student

Contact: Jeff Lanelanej3@uw.edu

Description: Malaria drugs and drug resistance research, in the lab and at field sites in India.

rathodlab.org

Open to: PhD, Medical student (pre-clinical), Not sure? Let's talk!

Duration: 24 months after core classes; Start: Jan 2021, and beyond on ongoing basis.

Skills needed: Laboratory, Literature Review

Contact: Pradip Rathodrathod@uw.edu

FILLED

Project: *NOW FILLED* The Health Tanzania Foundation - Community Assessment, Implementation Science, Monitoring and Evaluation, Project Management, Literature Review, Grant development/ Henry Ziegler

Description: The Health Tanzania Foundation is partnering with Tanzanian leaders and organizations in: (1) drugs-violence-AIDS community mobilization with 12 step back up, (2) local community partnership and support of widow-orphan health, education, and economic sustainability, (3) maternal and newborn death reduction, (4) malaria reduction, (5) community oriented primary care model teaching hospital development, (6) interfaith-government-academic partnership, (7) family medicine development and (8) emergency medicine development. Opportunities both in Tanzania and from U.S. to partner in further developing/scaling/evaluation of these efforts. As with previous undergraduate, public health graduate, medical students, and residents who have worked with us over the last 15 years, I discuss interests, goals and careers of those interested and with the trainees and Tanzanian partners identify a valuable opportunity or the lack of a good match.

Open to:  UW DGH Undergraduate, Masters, PhD, Medical student (pre-clinical), Medical student (clinical), Medical resident or Fellow

Duration: Depends on project and what jointly worked out; Start: February 2021 or after

Skills needed: Community Assessment, Operations Research/Implementation Science, Monitoring and Evaluation, Project Management, Literature Review, Other: Grant development /writing

Contact: Henry Zieglerhdziegler@yahoo.com

Zoom Info Session: 1/29 1 – 2 p.m. Register: https://washington.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYsd-irqDopG9L964R_3al4WkeSjpbWeUYA

 

Description: **NOW FILLED**

In the country of Timor-Leste, gender inequality and discrimination, societal patriarchal traditions and a history of armed conflict are drivers of widespread violence against women and children. The United Nations (UN) Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women defines violence against women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.” The 2016 Timor-Leste Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) found 38% of women have experienced physical or sexual violence from a partner in their lifetime, however, the Nabilan survey conducted in the same year and which used WHO methodology, found this rate to be as high as 59%. Both these surveys found that intimate partner violence was currently occurring at very high rates, with 35-47% of women reporting physical or sexual violence by their male partner in the 12 months preceding the survey. , However, these national figures disguise larger differences between the 13 municipalities of the country. In Liquica and Ermera Municipalities DHS data revealed higher rates of physical partner violence compared to the national average - 37% higher in Liquica and 52% higher in Ermera.

Health Alliance International (HAI) received funding in 2020 to address these problems and is partnering with the Ministry of Health (MoH), Ministry of Social Solidarity and Inclusion (MSSI), and the National Institute of Health (INS) to deliver the Harmonia Activity in Liquica and Ermera Municipalities. The Harmonia Activity proposes two different but complementary interventions to support a positive transformation of unhealthy and violent relationships that have developed as a result of harmful social norms and a history of conflict in Timor-Leste, to end GBV. It will engage community leaders to work in 30 villages (suco) in Liquica and Ermera municipalities and will engage the national health system to improve health provider competencies to respond to GBV across those municipalities.

To improve the health system response to GBV and in partnership with key stakeholders, HAI has developed a ‘Responding to GBV Learning Lab’ to increase knowledge, awareness about GBV and improved health provider skills to respond to victims of violence. The Learning Lab training be provided to all health providers (doctors, nurses and midwives) working in Liquica and Ermera Municipalities. To assess the success of the Learning Lab a pre- and post-intervention knowledge/attitudes and self-efficacy (confidence) tests will be administered.

The student opportunity would be to: 1) create/establish a system of data entry for the pre/post tests. Data entry will be done in the field; 2) develop an analysis plan, 3) quantitative data analysis of pre/post tests; and 4) write up analysis findings.

Open to: UW DGH Masters, PhD

Duration: At least through June; Start: April or May 2021

Skills needed: Statistical Analysis, Data Management

Contact: Susan Thompsonthompssu@uw.edu

*THIS OPORTUNITY HAS BEEN FILLED & IS NO LONGER AVIALABLE*

Project: Developing a study protocol and programming data collection tools for randomized trials on sickle cell disease, gut health, Kenya/ Patricia Pavlinac *FULFILLED*

Description: Project 1: The Toto Bora trial is a recently concluded randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of a 5-day course of azithromycin in children age 1 to 59 months discharged from hospital in Western Kenya to reduce post-discharge re-hospitalizations and mortality. In this trial, sickle cell disease emerged as an important cause of morbidity and mortality highlighting the need for early diagnosis and treatment. The student will perform a literature review of sickle cell disease prevalence, consequences, and management; will conduct a data analysis of the consequences of sickle cell disease (as determined from abstracted medical records) in this trial population; and assist in writing a research grant proposal to utilize previously collected samples in the Toto Bora trial to test for sickle cell disease using point-of-care diagnostic tests.

Project 2:  *FULFILLED*

This student opportunity is nested within the Gut Health and Child Survival Priority area of the Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children (Global WACh). The student will work in collaboration with members of the Kenya Medical Research Institute/UW study team and lead the development of standard operating procedures (SOPs), case report forms (CRFs) and study logs for an upcoming factorial, double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized trial taking place in Western Kenya that aims to determine the efficacy of lactoferrin and lysozyme supplementation in decreasing diarrhea incidence and improving nutritional recovery in children recovering from diarrhea and wasting.

The student will support the project in developing a study protocol, and developing and programming data collection tools. The student may work 10-20 hours per week on this project."

Open to: UW DGH Project 1: Masters, PhD Project 2: Masters

Duration: Project 1: 3-4 months; Start: February 2021. Project 2: 6 month 3-4 months; Start: March 29, 2021

Skills needed: Project 1: Statistical Analysis, Research Planning and Design, Laboratory, Writing, Literature Review. Project 2: Epidemiology, Operations Research/Implementation Science, Research Planning and Design, Project Management, Writing.

Contact: Patricia Pavlinacppav@uw.edu

Zoom discussion: Representatives from Global WACh will speak on behalf of faculty at each session. Please register for one session, same information will be distributed on both days.
1/29 10 – 11 a.m. Register: https://washington.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYsfuCsrzwqE9JdRK717iU0wAuWQjkW6Ypo
2/5 10 – 11 a.m. Register: https://washington.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYqcuGtqj4pGtH5ZwwGHN7b9FbtmGgHR-mG