Department of Global Health and Population Student Profile

SM student, Department of Global Health and Population

As an undergraduate at the University of Kentucky, Courtney volunteered for the Youth Focus Africa Foundation in Uganda — a watershed experience that helped her understand field work in a real-world development setting. Courtney’s interest in public health crystallized as she completed dual degrees in international studies and French, with concentrations in development, world food issues, and immigration.

At HSPH, Courtney quickly connected to a collaborative community of faculty, researchers, and students. Thanks to an introduction from her adviser, Professor Stephen Marks, Courtney spent her first WinterSession working with United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Olivier De Schutter on a research project looking at how governments and agencies secure food rights during humanitarian crises. With fellow graduate students, she is now designing a long-term study to investigate the occupational health of humanitarian workers in crisis settings. She enjoys mixed-methods research and the opportunity to strengthen her quantitative skills and digital field methods skills at HSPH.

Courtney’s summer internship at Population Services International is another step toward her career goal: to apply health metrics to improve policy and planning in her areas of interest, which include maternal health, health in informal settlements, and food security programs.