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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. We feature our personality for the fall quarter Elise Mann below:



Elise Mann Headshot

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I was born and raised in Colorado, so it's great to be back in Denver for graduate school. At Korbel, my studies are focused on health, international development, human rights and comparative politics. Prior to coming back to school, I worked in Washington DC on a family planning and reproductive health advocacy initiative. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a degree in Political Science and minors in Women's Studies and African Studies. I love spending time in the mountains (hiking, biking, drinking coffee in cute mountain towns), taking photographs and seeing live music.

What is it with Global Health that interests you most?

Achieving equitable health access is not only a moral obligation but a driving force behind sustainable development. Health is a human right and is profoundly connected to every aspect of our lives, so engaging with global health is a deeply embedded obligation within my global citizenship. My own experiences with health challenges have driven my interest in health equity and strengthening health systems. I'm deeply committed to women's health advocacy and want to work to ensure women have the right to choose if, when, and how many children they want to have as well as the ability to deliver those infants safely. That reproductive health access is seen as such a political controversy undermines the ability for everyone to access the care they need.

Can you share more about your past field experiences?

I spent this past summer in Lusaka, Zambia working with Population Council, where I completed research relating to emergency obstetric and newborn care services across the country. Previously, I served as Field Manager for a community development project in Uganda developing a family planning curriculum in partnership with community members and health clinic staff. I have also conducted qualitative research in Arusha, Tanzania about the sustainability of women's nonprofits.

What do you hope to do after graduation?

Such an excellent question - stay tuned! I've submitted a Fulbright proposal to return to Zambia to research maternal health and women's rights (fingers crossed). I'd love to live abroad for the next 3-5 years, but I'm also open to being based in the states. I want to continue working at the intersection of health and development, with a focus on equity and gender. Regardless of the specific path, I hope to utilize my passion and skills to seek innovative and holistic solutions to health challenges as they fit into the larger development landscape

Thanks very much Elise for your time in sharing a bit about yourself with us.