What would you do for $25 million?
During the final exercise of this year’s Introduction to Global Health course, fi
rst year students were asked to pitch ideas for a $25 million grant for a global health intervention. The course covers major aspects of Global Health, ranging from Disease Burden to Child Survival to Tobacco Control to the Spread of Zika. An important element of the course is the historical context; how did we get to where we are now and what are the public health consequences? The students were randomly split into groups and assigned a country. Each group had to study the assigned country, identify a problem, and make their intervention pitch.
The pitches were:
- Alleviating Mental Health Problems among the Tamil Community in Sri Lanka
- Addressing Obstetric Fistula in Nepal
- Combatting Violence in Peru
- Targeting Childhood Diarrheal Diseases in Ethiopia
- Fighting Obesity Among the Young in Mexico
- Reducing Superfluous Antibiotics use in India
- Preventing Diabetes in the Philippines
The “$25 million prize” went to the team that created an app for reducing diabetes in the Philippines. Named “TwitFit”, the app is designed to encourage young people to exercise, eat sensibly and educate themselves and their peers. The team chose an app because “it’s the way to talk to young people today.” Read more about the $25 million pitch
MSIH Alumni Come Back Home
This spring a host of alumni have returned to campus to share their expertise with current students. Alumni presented on topics from time management and family balance, to navigating a global health career, to current trends in their specific fields. Dr. Savarra Mantzor (’11) completed a pediatric residency in Louisiana at Our Lady of the Lake and is now completing her second year at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Global Health Fellows Program based in Botswana with her family at her side. Dr. William Goldstein Caryl (’11) completed residency at the University of Toronto and is now a General Internist at Credit Valley Hospital in Toronto, Canada. He spoke to students about the growing role of palliative care. Dr. Dana Wang (’13) is a psychiatry resident at Harvard Medical School/VA Boston Healthcare who spoke about the psychiatry field and making the best of electives and residency. Dr. Elissa Freedman (
’07), Dr. Benzion Samueli (’16), and Dr. Avi Shack (’16) spoke to students about their experiences with staj, a one year rotating internship in Israel. In addition, Dr. Rachel Pope (’11) gave a Skype presentation from the field on her OB/GYN work. Based in Lilongwe, Malawi with her husband Dr. Prakash Ganesh (’12), they have traveled to Madagascar, Sierra Leone, Benin, and worked with Mercy Ships providing clinical care.
MSIH Making Regional Rounds
Recruiters from the MSIH admissions office in New York will be in attendance at each of the four regional National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions meetings. Please note the dates and times below, and come visit our table with your questions!
Central Association of Advisors for the Health Professions
April 19-22, 2017
Embassy Suites Downtown – Des Moines, IA
Western Association of Advisors for the Health Professions
May 18-20, 2017
Marriott Downtown Waterfront – Portland, OR
Southeast Association of Advisors for the Health Professions
May 30-June 2, 2017
Francis Marion Hotel – Charleston, SC
Northeast Association of Advisors for the Health Professions
Jun 8-11, 2017
Loews Philadelphia Hotel – Philadelphia, PA
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