As the academic year kicks into high gear, the Department of Global Health welcomes back students who recently conducted international fieldwork in global health. With work in Timor-Leste, Peru, South Africa, and more, these students share their stories (and photos!) from their time abroad.
The Department of Global Health Fellowships provide financial assistance to graduate students, professional students, and medical residents at the University of Washington to help support fieldwork experience in global health.
Managed by the Global Health Resource Center, fellowships that fall under the common application are:
UW Today: From Crop-raiding Monkeys to Political Unrest: UW’s Randy Kyes Embarks on 100th Field Course
A chance meeting with a fellow scientist 27 years ago forever changed Randy Kyes’ life — catapulting him from North Carolina to Indonesia and beyond. As the founding director of the University of Washington’s Center for Global Field Study and head of the Division of Global Programs at the Washington National Primate Research Center, Kyes has spent almost three decades leading field courses on environmental and global health in a dozen countries.
In May 2016, the Department of Global Health awarded fellowships to 31 outstanding graduate and professional students for fieldwork around the world, many of whom will be departing this summer.
Student: Aradhana Thapa
Program: Master of Public Health (Global Health)
Fellowship: Global Opportunities (GO) Health
Project Title: Repeat abortion and use of contraception among post-abortion women in Nepal – A prospective cohort study
Location: Pokhara, Nepal
Tell us about your project and where you were located.
Student: Jorge “Coco” Alarcon
Program: Master of Landscape Architecture, Global Health Certificate
Fellowship: Thomas Francis, Jr. Global Health Fellowship
Project Title: Green Spaces and Infectious Diseases, Strategies for Mosquito Control in Spaces
Location: Iquitos, Peru
Getting this support really encourages me to push boundaries of design and science, to create my own path, and to promote health in my field of architecture and landscape architecture.
By Nancy Joseph
When Matthew Novak set foot on Tinjil Island in Indonesia this summer, it was a homecoming of sorts. Twenty years ago, Novak (BS, PhD, Psychology, 1993, 2002) participated in a month-long field study program on the remote island as a UW graduate student. He returned this year as a professor, along with four of his Central Oregon Community College students.