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Global Health Affairs

Current Students

GHA students come to Denver from a wide variety of backgrounds. Here, they match their past experiences with the GHA curriculum to help them achieve their career goals in the field of global health. To read more about our current students, please click on on their names below.

Current GHA First Year Students 

Dana Underwood

Name: Dana Underwood
Current Program: International Development, Global Health Affairs Certificate
What aspects of global health most interest you? The aspects that intrigue me most concerning global health are how diabetes type 2 and hypertension have penetrated into developing countries. I feel especially drawn toward how this has affected children, specifically with regard toward nutrition and the amount of sugar that they intake at an early age.
What global health-related projects or research are you currently working on? I am currently not working on any global health-related projects, but in April of 2015 I will be going to Costa Rica to work in a women's and children's hospital in San Jose. I plan to work in and out of the hospital, both tending to patients' needs and proactively promoting community health awareness.

What are your future plans, and how has GHA helped you prepare for them? At this point I do not know what the future will bring in the health-related sense. I feel as though GHA will provide me with the tools, knowledge, and experience that I will be able to apply and utilize in whatever field I go into.

 

Zachary Peters

Name: Zachary Peters
Current Program: International Development, Global Health Affairs Certificate
What aspects of global health most interest you? What interests me most in the field of global health is that we truly have the opportunity to improve health for people on a global scale. Learning about how to set up programs and working with other people in other countries is what I am very excited about. Sharing the knowledge that I will soon learn with the knowledge that other people have learned in their programs is going to be quite fascinating.
What global health-related projects or research are you currently working on? . I am not currently working on any health-related projects or research, but I look forward to beginning on my first project.

What are your future plans, and how has GHA helped you prepare for them? In the future, I would very much like to work with an organization with international goals and focus. The GHA program will provide me with the experience and knowledge that will allow me to thrive in a career with international health in mind.

 

Peter Ferrarone

Name: Peter Ferrarone
Current Program: International Studies, Global Health Affairs Certificate
What aspects of global health most interest you? I am interested in doing research about environmental impacts on global health issues, such as Malaria. However, I am also interested in doing practical- hands on- work with individuals experiencing illness. For example, a dream of mine is to run an HIV/AIDS clinic in Africa.
What global health-related projects or research are you currently working on?  I recently did research about deforestation's effect on Malaria in East Africa. I am working as a research assistant this summer. During the 2013-14 school year, I interned at the Colorado African Organization here in Denver. I worked for their Health Department. I primarily did health education and awareness with the East African refugee community. However, I conducted several focus groups and participated in a program evaluation for a grant review.
What are your future plans, and how has GHA helped you prepare for them? In the future, I am interested in doing research and learning more about the diseases which are endemic in East Africa.

 

Stacy Shomo

Name: Stacy Shomo
Current Program: International Human Rights, Global Health Affairs Certificate
What aspects of global health most interest you? As I am just starting the GHA program I have yet to determine what most interests me. I know that am interested in the effects of improved water/sanitation on health in poor/developing countries (specifically Latin America), but I have many interests that I hope to narrow down in the coming quarters.
What global health-related projects or research are you currently working on? I am not yet working on any global health related projects.
What are your future plans, and how has GHA helped you prepare for them? I plan to one day work for an NGO that works to improve the health and health care delivery of people in Latin America.

 

 

 

 

 

Current GHA Second Year Students

Brittney Carroll

Name: Brittney Carroll
Current Program: International Human Rights, Global Health Affairs Certificate
What aspects of global health most interest you? I am most interested in the field of refugee health, particularly how health care and health education received overseas impact refugees who resettle in the United States.
What are your future plans, and how has GHA helped you prepare for them? My goal is to work in the field of refugee health after graduation. The GHA certificate's interdisciplinary approach will provide me with the analytical skills necessary to create effective programs and policies.

 

Beth Harrell

Name: Elizabeth Ann Harrell
Current Program: International Development, Global Health Affairs Certificate
What aspects of global health most interest you? I am interested in researching gender-based violence and reproductive health, as well as maternal and child health
What are your future plans, and how has GHA helped you prepare for them? I would like to work for a NGO or major health organization in any of the areas listed above.

 

Hannah Merten

Name: Hannah Merten
Current Program: International Development, Global Health Affairs Certificate
What aspects of global health most interest you? I am most interested in the applications of global health to female empowerment. I also think the security implications of pandemics are fascinating (and terrifying!).
What global health-related projects or research are you currently working on? This is my first quarter in the GHA program, so I am not working on any health-related projects or research at the moment.
What are your future plans, and how has GHA helped you prepare for them? I aspire to work in development, but regardless of my future plans or intended career path, I believe a working knowledge of health systems is essential in our ever more globalized world.

 

 

Dani Murphy

Name: Dani Murphy
Current program: International Human Rights, Certificate in Global Health Affairs
What aspects of global health most interest you? Global reproductive health is my main interest. I am most interested in program implementation in developing or crisis settings
What global health-related projects or research are you currently working on? I recently completed an internship with AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in New England. There, I completed several small-scale research projects and provided low-threshold case management to clients.
What are your future plans, and how has GHA helped you prepare for them? Ideally, I'd like to work for a humanitarian organization as part of a health programming team focusing on women's health.

 

Tori Odell

Name: Tori Odell
Current program: International Human Rights, Certificate in Global Health Affairs
What aspects of global health most interest you? I am particularly interested in issues of health affecting populations impacted by human rights abuses, genocide, and governmental persecution. My interest extends to wanting to understand the impact on health caused by international policies, the use of sanctions, and war and crises.
What global health-related projects or research are you currently working on? I am currently looking for a new project to begin working on. Recently, I studied the effects of the decapitation effort of Operation Instant Thunder during the Gulf War on the Iraqi civilian population.
What are your future plans, and how has GHA helped you prepare for them? I desire to work on the side of policy creation addressing human rights violations. I look to GHA to provide understanding of issues of global health affecting vulnerable populations, so that I might have a deeper insight into creation and implementation of policy that might be most effective.

 

Jordan Rief

Name: Jordan Rief
Current Program: International Human Rights, Global Health Affairs Certificate
What aspects of global health most interest you? I am particularly interested in developing innovative HIV prevention initiatives targeting adolescent girls and women. I am passionate about women's empowerment and gender issues, especially in East Africa.
What global health-related projects or research are you currently working on? In December of 2012 I finished 3 years of Peace Corps service in Mozambique where I worked as a Community Health volunteer. At Korbel, I hope to continue my work developing interesting and effective health initiatives for more rural areas with few resources.
What are your future plans, and how has GHA helped you prepare for them? I hope to work for USAID or a health-focused NGO in the field in sub-Saharan Africa. My dream is to research and implement new methods of empowering women that focus on education, access to healthcare, and gender equality.

 

Yangyang Li

Name: Yangyang Li
Current program: International Studies
What aspects of global health most interest you? I'm interested in the preventions of major diseases, specifically non-communicable diseases and the fostering health care knowledge to developing countries. For example, I would like to do research on the relations between environmental pollution and cancer or the empower women to access to health care. I always want to be a health worker and help more people to access to health care.
What global health-related projects or research are you currently working on? I am currently not working on any health-related project. However, I have done a group project on "Community Approach to Infant and Reproductive Care for Afghanistan" for the Global Health Affairs: Theory and Practice course. I am willing to work on health-related projects in the future.
What are your future plans, and how has GHA helped you prepare for them? I want to do research on health-related problems, such as disease control, for an organization, a lab or hospital. I want to provide health care knowledge to more people in the world. I hope I could involve in more health-related projects and researches with GHA.

 

Farrah Salisbury

Name: Farrah Salisbury
Current Program: International Development and Global Health
What global health-related projects or research are you currently working on? I am currently working on a project regarding Maternal Mortality in Afghanistan.
What are your future plans, and how has GHA helped you prepare for them? I hope to work in the nonprofit or government sectors, and am most interested in direct project implementation and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs.

 

Ryan Goehrung

 Name: Ryan Goehrung
Current Program: MA International Development
What aspects of global health most interest you? I am interested in the provision of health as a basic human right and a necessary precursor for all other forms of development. As such, I see the equitable access to health as the root of all human rights and of international development in general.
What global health-related projects or research are you currently working on? Currently I am exploring the possibility of pursuing a thesis on the role of ready-to-use therapeutic foods as an intervention to fight malnutrition and the costs versus benefits of applying this technology on a large scale, particularly as it relates to local food systems.
What are your future plans, and how has GHA helped you prepare for them? In the future I hope to work directly at the intersection of health and human rights, preferably in the non-profit sector. The GHA program provides a balanced mix of theoretical background and hard skills, which will be applicable in a variety of health-related careers. With my GHA training I feel confident in my abilities to apply these classroom-based skills to the real world both in research and project implementation.

 

Jessica Murison

Name: Jessica Murison
Current program: International and Intercultural Communication
What aspects of global health most interest you? I am largely interested in the intercultural communication aspect of global health, namely how organizations are constructing health campaigns from a grassroots approach with culturally sensitive and appropriate messaging, and how communities respond to these messages. I have a particular interest in maternal and child health, but also find communicable diseases to be fascinating. There are so many stimulating facets to the global health community!
What global health-related projects or research are you currently working on? I am currently an intern at Project C.U.R.E., helping with corporate development as well as some health communication campaigns. I have been offered an internship in the communications/marketing department of the World Health Organization, in Copenhagen, Denmark for the fall quarter, and if I attend, hope to make an impact on how the World Health Organization communicates health messaging throughout the world.
What are your future plans, and how has GHA helped you prepare for them? After graduation, my ideal goal is to work in the global health field, doing health communication research and implementation. I hope to travel to countries all over the world in order to experience and appreciate the cultural differences my work may take me. The GHA Certificate has helped connect me to colleagues who have similar interests, has exposed me to several different aspects of the global health field, as well as provide a thorough background in global health education so that I can be well informed while working with these cultures.

 

Kendra Allen

Name: Kendra Allen
Current program: International Studies
What aspects of global health most interest you? After working with Peace Corps in Panama, and focusing on reproductive health and HIV/AIDS, these are the areas that interest me the most and the areas that I would like to continue to study
What global health-related projects or research are you currently working on? I am currently planning to intern with Floating Doctors in Panama over the summer to continue the work I started through Peace Corps on HIV prevention and reproductive health in indigenous areas.
What are your future plans, and how has GHA helped you prepare for them? My future plans are to continue in the field of Global Health through a possible Global Health Fellowship after graduation, or to continue to work in Panama in HIV prevention. GHA has helped me bring what I have learned in the field into a classroom structure, and expanded my knowledge on aspects of global health.

 

Brittany Franck

Name: Brittany Franck
Current program: International Development
What aspects of global health most interest you? I am interested in developing health programs focused on reaching marginalized populations, including people living with disabilities. More specifically, I am interested in Ethiopia, and the ways in which health programs can be integrated into already-existing health care systems and draw on local knowledge and community leaders and health care workers.
What global health-related projects or research are you currently working on? I will be returning to Ethiopia this year, where I previously served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, to work as a Public Health Planning Specialist at a boarding school for vision-impaired students.
What are your future plans and how has GHA helped you prepare for them? I hope to return to Ethiopia to work on inclusive health and education programs. GHA has offered an ideal combination of theory and practice, while offering the flexibility to focus on my region and target population of interest. I feel that I am returning to the field with a stronger understanding of major global diseases, including prevention and treatment, as well as skills in developing and proposing appropriate health interventions.

 

Stephanie Ayers

Name: Stephanie Ayers
Current Program: International development
What aspects of global health most interest you? Within the field of global health, my primary interests lie in sexual and reproductive health. I am also interested in health issues facing vulnerable populations, and the intersection of health & humanitarian aid.
What global health-related projects or research are you currently working on? This year, the larger global health projects I've worked on have been focused on unsafe abortion and obstetric fistula.
What are your future plans, and how has GHA helped you prepare for them? This summer, I will be interning in Iganga, Uganda, on a project implementation team that works on a village-by-village level to address the most pressing healthcare concerns of the communities surrounding Iganga, predominantly malaria, HIV/STI's, sanitation and hygiene practices at the household level, and family planning access. These projects run in each village for 3 years, with the goal of building capacity within each community and maximizing community ownership of public health and development solutions.

 

Kara Page

Name: Kara Page
Current program: International Development
What aspects of global health most interest you? I'm interested in social determinants of health, the relationship between health and inequity, and how changing demographics and urbanization affect individuals' relationship with health and access to services. I'm also interested in the intersection between health and security and am working towards a concentration in international security.
What global health-related projects or research are you currently working on? I am currently working on researching and evaluating vaccine delivery systems to locate gaps or areas to improve coverage.
What are your future plans, and how has GHA helped you prepare for them? As a new student I'm excited about the range of interdisciplinary courses that can inform and prepare me for opportunities at the intersection of development, health and security. I hope to gain experience working on a programmatic level for an implementing organization, foundation or multilateral institution and maybe one day working with the WHO.

 

Paul Christiansen

Name: Paul Christiansen
Current Program: International Development
What aspects of global health most interest you? I'm interested in a range of global health topics, particularly HIV/AIDS, WASH, and noncommunicable diseases (e.g. mental health, smoking-related)
What global health-related projects or research are you currently working on? Starting in June I will be contributing to a mental health policy and service delivery curriculum with WHO. When completed, this curriculum will provide new international standards for mental health service quality and access, and will be designed to support state governments in improving the mental health systems of their respective countries.
What are your future plans, and how has GHA helped you prepare for them?  After completing my Korbel program, I hope to work with a health-related multilateral or INGO. GHA will prepare me for these opportunities with applicable skills and knowledge of international and state health systems, disease morbidity and transmission, intervention and project designs, and the humanitarian-development nexus. Because of GHA, I understand much more deeply many of the challenges of global health, the possibilities for addressing and resolving these challenges, and the skills I am able to contribute to the development of systems that will improve the health of people around the world.

 

Brittany Pimentel

Name: Brittany Pimentel
Program: International Development program and Global Health Affairs Certificate
What aspects of global health most interest you & what are your future plans? I'm interested in Food Security and Maternal and Reproductive Health issues. Currently, I'm participating in the Korbel to DC program, where I'm interning at Save the Children as a Global Health Policy and Food Security Policy Intern. As far as the future's concerned, I have a limited view of what that might look like. I do know I'd like to work internationally and believe GHA has prepared me to be a dynamic player in the world of international affairs.

 

Jessica Estrada

Name: Jessica Estrada
Current Program: International Development, Security Concentration, GHA Certificate
What aspects of global health most interest you? I am very interested in female reproductive and sexual health, and I believe it's important to to reach women in the world who have limited access to and education about reproductive and sexual health.
What global health-related projects or research are you currently working on? Currently I am working on an intervention proposal for mitigation of intimate partner violence in immigrant and refugee populations.
What are your future plans, and how has GHA helped you prepare for them? My ultimate goal is to work for the UNDP or in U.S. embassies in less-developed countries and conduct research on women's health and civil rights, and how we can affect policies to help them.

 

Wynn Walent

Name: Wynn Walent
Current Program: International Studies
What aspects of global health most interest you? The intersection between health and development. Also I'm interested in studying the notion that international institutions are increasingly recognizing the importance of following the lead of local populations, governments, and professionals.
What global health-related projects or research are you currently working on? I work for the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti, a Haitian led organization focused on health, education, community development, and job creation.
What are your future plans, and how has GHA helped you prepare for them? I hope to stay engaged with St. Haiti in the long term and have been honored to serve with and support our Haitian leadership and staff.

 

Tyler Kozole

Name: Tyler Kozole
Current Program: International Development, Global Health Affairs Certificate
What aspects of global health most interest you? I'm most interested in water access, sanitation and hygiene issues.
What global health-related projects or research are you currently working on? I currently work as an intern with iDE on its Water Sanitation and Hygiene team. Lately I've been researching the connection between childhood stunting and access to sanitation facilities. However I'm also beginning a project to explore standards of best practice for latrine waste pit storage and the productive potential for it after being treated with lime.
What are your future plans, and how has GHA helped you prepare for them? I'm not quite sure where I'll end up, but I hope to work with an organization or company improving water and sanitation access in the developing world. The GHA certificate program and its focus on evidence-based practice has given me an incredible foundation for building my knowledge base and analytical skill set in both academic and professional settings. Also, the perspectives and experiences of the faculty and students in the program are inspiring and shamelessly unfiltered, which for me has been one of the most valuable and stimulating parts of my education here. Also, I'm getting pretty good at understanding all the Peace Corps volunteers' jargon, even though just about all of their inside jokes still go way over my head.