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2014 Dean's Global Health Fellows


Eight outstanding Fielding students were chosen and awarded funds from the Dean's Global Health Fellowship Program, a FSPH funding source that supports international field experiences in a low- or middle-income country. To enhance their outlook on global health and obtain a hands-on experience abroad, students proactively search and secure placements at approved organizations that work with the population and communities of the host country. This summer, our fellows are interning at a wide array of countries from the neighboring country, Mexico, to an island nation spread across the Western Pacific Ocean, Federated States of Micronesia. Learn who this year's fellows are and what projects they are working on abroad.


Allyn Auslander

Allyn Auslander, MPH '15

Organization: IMSS Epidemiology and Health Services Unit

Country: Mexico

Allyn AuslanderMPH student in the Department of Epidemiology, participated in a summer internship program at the IMSS Epidemiology and Health Services Unit in Cuernavaca, Mexico, one of the main providers of healthcare services in Mexico, where she examined the association between specific risk factors and the presence of elevated alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels, a precursor for liver disease, over time in a cohort of Mexican health workers.


Justin Chien

Justin Chien, MPH '15

Organization: Genomics Research Center of Academia Sinica

Country: Taiwan

Justin ChienMPH student in the Department of Epidemiology, conducted research in the Genomics Research Center of Academia Sinica, the central scientific research organization and premier academic institution in Taiwan, analyzing the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma among HBV-related cirrhosis patients.


Emily Epsten

Emily Epsten, MPH '15

Organization: John Snow, Inc.

Country: Timor-Leste

Emily EpstenMPH student in the Department of Community Health Sciences, interned at John Snow Inc. (JSI), a public health management consulting and research organization contracted by USAID to carry out the Health Improvement Project in support of the Timor-Leste Ministry of Health’s vision of revitalizing its primary health care system. Emily conducted a research study that examined factors that contribute to the delay in seeking health services in obstetric emergencies in Timor-Leste.


Jenese Girgis

Jenese Girgis, MPH '15

Organization: John Snow, Inc.

Country: Timor-Leste

Jenese GirgisMPH student in the Department of Community Health Sciences, joined an international team this summer at John Snow, Inc. (JSI) to develop a better understanding of the individual- and community-level factors that contribute to first and second delays affecting maternal mortality and morbidity in Timor-Leste. 


Carla Hegwood

Carla Hegwood, MPH '14

Organization: MAHI International

Country: Federated States of Micronesia

Carla HegwoodMPH student in the Department of Community Health Sciences, interned for MAHI International, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Pacific Island communities. By strengthening partnerships among stakeholders and improving knowledge of community needs, Carla worked towards improving the health systems and building cooperation among the child health programs in the Federated States of Micronesia.


Angelica Jimenez

Angelica Jimenez, MPH '15

Organization: Middle East Craniofacial Care Institute

Country: Palestine

Angelica JimenezMPH student in the Department of Community Health Sciences, supported the Middle East Craniofacial Care Institute, an organization that provides comprehensive, compassionate medical, dental, and surgical care for children with a cleft palate in Palestine. Angelica addressed the healthcare challenges of Palestinian children with congenital anomalies by supporting the research team conducting interviews with families in Bethlehem and Hebron, Palestine and through public health research.  


Ian MacKenzie

Ian MacKenzie, MPH '15

Organization: Population Council

Country: Kenya

Ian MacKenzieMPH student in the Department of Community Health Sciences, spent the summer in Nairobi, Kenya at Population Council, an international, non-profit organization that conducts public health, social science and biomedical research in developing countries. Ian contributed to the intervention design, implementation, and evaluation of an operations research project aiming to significantly increase the demand for, and access to, secondary school education for out-of-school teenage mothers in Kenya.


Amy Zaycek

Amy Zaycek, MPH '15

Organization: Office of the U.S. Health Affairs Attaché of the U.S. Embassy

Country: Papua New Guinea

Amy ZaycekMPH student in the Department of Community Health Sciences, was based in the Office of the U.S. Health Affairs Attaché of the U.S. Embassy in Papua New Guinea. Amy worked to further develop and began implementation of the regional strategic public health communication program and collaborated as an author on the “State of Health of the Pacific,” a biennial report that recognizes the successes and challenges as well as discusses opportunities of U.S. government engagements throughout various Pacific Island nations. 

Group photoView photos from the 2014 Global Health Internship Showcase