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From the June 2013 Magazine

Nkem Chukwumerije
The way Nigerian-born Nkem Chukwumerije sees it, the primary public health problem facing his home country is a lack of leadership on policy development and implementation.
Gift Wango
Gift Wango, a student in the Health Policy and Management executive MPH program remembers the times during childhood when she had a firsthand view of the shortcomings of Kenya’s health care system.
Donglan Zhang came to UCLA Fielding School of Public Health from China in 2009 to work toward her Ph.D. in Health Policy and Management.
Donglan Zhang studied health economics at Fudan University in Shanghai before coming to FSPH for her PhD. Zhang found the two countries face similar concerns, including lack of universal health coverage, health disparities and ever-increasing costs.
Andrew Siroka
Doctoral student Andrew Siroka aims to promote a more scientific and cost-effective approach to allocating scarce global public health resources.

From the November 2012 Magazine

Shemra Rizzo smiling in front of a desk with computers
For as long as she can remember, Shemra Rizzo has loved math for its ability to make a difference in people’s lives. “While some people... love math for its intrinsic beauty, I like math as a tool to solve problems,” she says.
Nicole Hoff with a large group of children in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Nicole Hoff was in the first week of her MPH program at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine when she received something her mother thought she would find interesting – a National Geographic article on monkeypox in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

From the June 2012 Magazine

Nicole Vayssier with a group of people
Nicole Vayssier’s decision to focus on a global health MPH had much to do with her international background. “Having lived in many different countries, from a young age I was aware of the social and health inequalities that continue to exist among disadvantaged groups. I feel I should be part of finding the solution.”
Dayo Spencer-Walters in Sierra Leone by a sign
Dayo Spencer-Walters found herself inspired by her professors in the MPH program at the Fielding School Department of Community Health Sciences. “They were so passionate about what they were doing,” Spencer-Walters says, “and they all had extensive practical experience in the field, which helped to contextualize what they were teaching.”

From the November 2011 Magazine

Ryan Coller speaking with a woman
Throughout medical school and his training at UCLA as a resident and then chief resident in pediatrics, Ryan Coller knew there was one more degree he needed. “I’ve always seen child health as a field that extends beyond the walls of the clinic and the hospital,”
Courtney Coles smiling by a desk with a computer monitor
When Courtney Coles was growing up in Austin, Texas, she sensed something was amiss with her family’s response to her great-grandmother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. “They didn’t really understand what it meant,” Coles says. “They said we should just pray about it and she would get better, rather than focusing on facilities or therapies that might be helpful.”


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