Topic: student stories

Commencement 2013: Award winners

Each year, several awards are presented to graduating students, faculty and staff at the Harvard School of Public Health. STUDENT AWARDS Albert Schweitzer Award Dr. Mary Mwanyika Sando, Master of Public Health Dr. Fang-Ching Sun Memorial Award Dr. Anne Marie Newland, Master…

Commencement 2014: Student speaker Jacqueline Murdoch address

May 29, 2014 Dean Frenk, Dr. Frieden, faculty, alumni. Good afternoon. Class of 2014. And a special welcome to our family, friends, children, partners, and parents. Those who have made this all possible—even when we came to them with the somewhat unexpected…

Bringing fairness to health care access

May 27, 2014 -- Outside the gates of her Mexico City high school, Thalia Porteny would always see kids begging for food. “It made me feel uneasy and frustrated,” said Porteny. “I knew I’d had amazing opportunities given to me, and I…

Startups with social impact

Students challenged to generate entrepreneurial solutions to social challenges May 21, 2014 — Ashley Elsensohn, MPH ’14, never expected to graduate from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) as co-founder of a coffee company, but what started as a practicum project soon…

Integrating health care providers with communities

May 23, 2014 -- Zachary Gerson-Nieder spends a lot of time thinking about the role hospitals can play in communities. Of course they provide health care—but they also serve as regional economic anchors. Which makes him wonder: How much do hospital administrators,…

A passion for science—and fighting malaria

May 22, 2014 -- Before Perrine Marcenac even enrolled at Harvard School of Public Health, the institution changed her life. During an interview for the PhD Program in Biological Sciences in Public Health, Marcenac found herself fascinated by her faculty interviewers’ work…

Time for thinking big

[ Spring 2014 ] Fellowship program spurs midcareer pros to solve big problems. On many Mondays during the 1980s, Uche Amazigo took time off from teaching at the University of Nigeria to travel into her country’s rural villages and talk to women. A biologist…

Improving health for people with disabilities

May 9, 2014 —The phone call from Ghana clinched Asare Christian’s career path. His grandmother was exhibiting sudden, puzzling symptoms including loss of balance, coordination, and bladder function. To Christian, who was learning about brain injury in his clinical rotation in rehabilitation…

Intensive course in Brazil immerses students in public health fieldwork

Students from Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard College traveled to Brazil in January 2014 for an intensive-three week Winter Session course exploring public health in the world’s fifth-largest country. In addition to classwork, the students visited shantytowns, infectious-disease hospitals, and…