DGH Celebrates a Monumental Year of Awards and Achievements

The Department of Global Health works purposefully to attain sustainable, quality health worldwide via the focused mission of improving health for all through research, education, training, and service.

DGH faculty, staff, and students are being recognized and honored dedication to service, community impact, mentorship, leadership, the UW student experience, academic performance, and distinguished achievements in one’s field of study.

Biraj Karmacharya builds ecosystems for public health

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Biraj Karmacharya has been creating ecosystems for motivated people to transform public health, especially in Nepal where he has led innovative work alongside his community. He helped expand hospital programs to serve rural populations. He created the country’s first-ever doctoral programs in public health to train future professionals. He researches diseases amongst low-income communities and works with governments to inform health policy.

Heidi van Rooyen named chair of Department of Global Health

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Heidi van Rooyen, an internationally recognized executive leader, social scientist and clinical psychologist, has been named the next chair of the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. Van Rooyen is scheduled to begin her appointment as chair October 1, 2024, pending Board of Regents approval. She succeeds Professor of Global Health and Epidemiology Carey Farquhar, who served as interim chair of the department since 2022.  

Two SPH doctoral students named 2024-2025 Magnuson Scholars

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Congratulations to University of Washington School of Public Health doctoral students Amanda Brumwell and Miriana Duran on being named 2024–2025 Magnuson Scholars! The scholarships, announced May 9, recognize one student annually from each of the UW Health Sciences schools on the basis of outstanding academic performance and potential contributions to research in the health sciences. 

Amanda Li on intentionality and embracing challenging conversations in global health

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As a global health master’s student in the UW School of Public Health, Amanda Li has been thoughtfully engaging with Asian American communities in King County, rural communities across the U.S., and global communities in Kenya to support public health communications that align with those populations’ needs and goals. For her academic excellence and commitment to public health, Li received the 2024 Gilbert S. Omenn Award for Academic Excellence, one of the most prestigious School-wide recognitions for master’s and doctoral students.

SPH Celebrates 2024 Excellence Award Winners

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The University of Washington School of Public Health (SPH) recognized dozens of students, staff, and faculty at its annual Excellence Awards celebration on May 14, 2024 in the Hans Rosling Center for Population Health. The Excellence Awards celebrates members of the SPH community for their dedication, service, and many contributions to public health. Congratulations to all our awardees!

Grace John-Stewart receives the 2024 Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award

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Congratulations to University of Washington School of Public Health faculty Grace John-Stewart for receiving the 2024 Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award! The Landolt Award recognizes faculty who exemplify excellence in graduate student education. John-Stewart along with the other UW award recipients will be honored on June 6, at the annual UW Awards of Excellence Ceremony.

2024 DGH Staff Awards

Every year, we take the time to recognize outstanding staff for their dedication and many contributions to our department. Criteria for selecting outstanding staff included superior service, resourcefulness, innovation, creativity, excellence, integrity, and a commitment to creating and sustaining a climate of equity, justice, and anti-racism. Congratulations to all nominees!

Congratulations to our 2024 DGH Husky 100 Winners

Congratulations three students who were named to the Husky 100 - Patience Komba, Doctor of Global Health Leadership and Practice (DrGH), Sandra Urusaro, MPH, Global Health; Graduate Certificate in Global Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children, and DGH Communications student assistant, undergraduate Sophie Li, BS, Public Health – Global Health. 

The purpose of the Husky 100 program is to recognize the outstanding work and achievements of students who are making the most of their Husky Experience.  

How a Student-Created Program is Building Family Amongst International Public Health Students

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The International Student Success Program (ISSP) is a group created and run by public health graduate students at the UW. ISSP fills the gaps they encountered with free airport pickups, temporary accommodations, furniture, household items, and mentorship from fellow students. The core group of students who created and run it are Jacinta Ifunanya Azie, Patience Jaman, Alison Wiyeh, Hiwot Zewdie, Mariama Bah and Mohamed Albirair.

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