Topic: student stories

Can neighborhoods hurt our health?

[ Spring/Summer 2011 ] A single mother living in public housing may want to feed her children healthy food, but if the nearest affordable grocery store is a crowded bus ride or expensive taxi trip away, that goal may feel unattainable. At…

HSPH students study health reform in China

JOURNEY OF 17,000 MILES Watching the earthquake-ravaged Sichuan region's public health system rebuild is now an integral part of HSPH's Field Study on Health Systems Reforms, an annual three-week course that is led each January by Yuanli Liu (with a survivor, above). Consistently…

Across Harvard, cross-registration on the rise

Jessica Walradt, who is pursuing a master of science in health policy and management at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), spent last summer interning at the White House in the Medicaid branch and returned to her classwork curious about affordable housing…

Why Public Health? Natalie Meyers

In our video series “Why Public Health?” we ask Harvard School of Public Health students and alumni to talk about what drew them to the field. After spending time working in refugee camps in Uganda, Natalie Meyers, SM ’13, spent her time…

A burning passion

[ Winter 2014 ] When Catlin Powers first stepped into a nomadic family’s canvas tent in the Chinese Himalayas, she was overpowered by the smell of burning yak dung, the traditional source of fuel. She almost choked on the thick yellow smoke that spewed…

In Memorium: Elif Yavuz, SD ’13

[ Winter 2014 ] Elif Yavuz, SD ’13, was killed on September 21, 2013, during a terrorist attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. She and her partner, Ross Langdon, also killed in the attack, were expecting their first child. Yavuz, 33, a…

Unequal access

Doctoral student studies social disparities and health May 28, 2013 -- Conducting research projects among mothers and infants in Brazil in the mid-2000s, Paola Gilsanz got to see firsthand the effects of health inequalities. She saw that, all too often, good health…