Courtney Cox is a second-year master’s student in the Department of Global Health and Population. She is interested in mixed-methods research, where she can apply her quantitative, qualitative, and digital methods skills to decision analyses, program monitoring and assessments, impact evaluations, stakeholder analysis, and intervention design and implementation. Thematically, she is interested in the global burden of disease, development issues, disaster preparedness and response, urbanization, and the movement of human populations through displacement, trafficking, and immigration. Before coming to HSPH, Courtney attended the University of Kentucky where she obtained two Bachelor’s degrees, one in International Studies and the other in French. For her summer internship, she worked at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of Population Services International (PSI) in the Research & Metrics Department by assisting with model development to estimate the impact of PSI interventions. Courtney is currently working with two other HSPH students (Rachel Whelan and Sara Lubetsky) to develop their own mixed-methods research project called the Study on Humanitarian Occupational Health. They plan to begin data collection during the Spring 2014 semester.
Yogetta Manglani is a second year master’s student in the Department of Global Health and Population. She is interested in maternal and reproductive health, with a focus on the use of technology (medical devices, ICT and mHealth) to improve health outcomes for women in developing countries. While at HSPH, her focus has been on developing qualitative research and monitoring and evaluation skills through courses and fieldwork. Over winter session, she participated in GHP 547: Field Experiences in Maternal Health and traveled to Gambia to conduct an M&E project with Riders for Health. For her summer internship, she worked with the Technology Solutions team at PATH to design a pilot introduction for a non-invasive hemoglobin measurement device to be used by antenatal care clinics in Ghana.
Eric Dunipace is a second year master’s student in the SM2 program in Global Health and Population. His interests in global health include health systems reform, causal inference, and social entrepreneurship. At school last year, Eric was also heavily involved in managing the Spring Challenge, a school-wide case competition that focuses students on proposing solutions to specific public health issues. This summer Eric, Ryan Fu (GHP SM2 2014), and Jon Moussally (GHP MPH 2013) are piloting a social business called TraumaLink that seeks to address the lack of a formal pre-hospital system in Bangladesh. Their idea was selected as a finalist in the 2013 Deans’ Health and Life Sciences business plan competition. After graduating from the Harvard School of Public Health, Eric hopes to continue his work on TraumaLink and pursue an advanced degree in a health related field.
Mikail (Amer) Dastgir is a second-year SM2 student in GHP. Originally from Bangladesh, Mikail spent his high school and part of college years studying and residing in Swaziland and South Africa respectively, which is where he first became interested in working on improving health outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly as it related to HIV and Reproductive Health. Prior to his time at HSPH, Mikail was a Junior Professional Associate in the Africa Health, Nutrition and Population Team at the World Bank, where he assisted and travelled extensively in facilitating the implementation of several HIV, MCH and health systems strengthening projects in Swaziland, Lesotho, South Africa, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Angola. Upon completing the master’s program, Mikail hopes to continue working with an international organization and/or health care consultancy on the implementation of similar infectious disease, MCH and health systems interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Ryan (Wai Fung) Fu is a second year Master of Science candidate at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and originally from Hong Kong. After completing his undergraduate degree in business administration at University of Michigan, Ryan returned to Asia and worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, advising health authorities, pharmaceutical companies and hospitals on various strategy and operation projects. After he realized that many underprivileged communities do not have access to affordable and competent health care, Ryan came to HSPH to acquire a strong foundation in public health knowledge and tools. In particular, his interests lie in health systems, health economics and social entrepreneurship. Following a trip to Bangladesh sponsored by the Women and Health Initiative at HSPH, he is now working to create a social venture, TraumaLink, which aims to provide effective trauma care for traffic accident victims. Currently, Ryan is interning with Acumen in Ghana, helping the non-profit organization identify and invest in new social enterprises that have the potential to scale up throughout West Africa in a sustainable manner. After graduation next year, Ryan hopes to develop innovative models of affordable health care for underprivileged communities.
Rockli Kim is a second year master’s student in the Department of Global Health and Population. Rockli was born in Seoul, South Korea but grew up in the Philippines and has always been passionate about health disparity issues in developing countries. Prior to joining HSPH, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Health & Societies and Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. During her junior year as an undergrad, Rockli took a sabbatical leave and worked in a start-up social business called Hybrid Social Solutions, Inc. (HSSi) in the Philippines. As a co-leader of resource mobilization and media campaign team for “Ride for Light” project, she contributed in empowering off-grid families to climb out of poverty by providing them with affordable solar energy products. Since then, Rockli focused on studying inter-sectoral approaches in addressing social and political determinants of health for the urban poor population. For her summer internship, Rockli worked in the Environmental Health Unit in the WHO Philippines country office to investigate the country’s current policy context concerning provision of water and sanitation services to the informal settlers in Metro Manila.