Global Health

Q&A with Ayanna Smith, MPH candidate in Maternal, Child and Family Health

Q&A with Ayanna Smith, MPH candidate in Maternal, Child and Family Health

What was your background before enrolling in the MPH program? Prior to enrolling in Gillings, I attended Xavier University of Louisiana for undergrad. At Xavier, I studied public health with a dual concentration in biology and chemistry. Here, my passion for public health began. As a student, I conducted research regarding breastfeeding disparities in the... Read more »

Q&A with Simon Aseno (MLS.D), MPH Candidate in Global Health

What was your background before enrolling in the MPH program? I received my education from South Africa as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar, Australia as a Humanitarian Health Scholar, and Ghana. Right before coming to UNC, I worked for a California-based medical drone logistics company called Zipline International as a Community Lead in Ghana where I... Read more »

Q&A with COIL Program

Can you tell us about the partnership between Gillings and Hanoi Medical University? Dr. Le Minh Giang: The partnership between Gillings and Hanoi Medical University (HMU) has started quite a few years back. Various activities included: HMU hosting Gilling’s pre-doctoral students, one HMU faculty obtaining PhD at Gillings, and several small research studies. Most recently,... Read more »

Q&A with Dhara Patel, MPH Candidate in the EQUITY concentration

What was your background before enrolling in the MPH program? Before enrolling at Gillings, I attended the University of Florida where I got my BA in Spanish and a BS in Biology. My time at UF really inspired my desire to pursue an MPH because I figured that the intersection between my two biggest passions,... Read more »

Q&A with Matthew Zinck, MPH candidate in Global Health

What was your background before enrolling in the MPH program? I have about 4.5 years of work experience with global health non-governmental organizations (NGOs). I was a program officer with John Snow, Inc., a global public health consulting and research firm, for three years. There, I provided programmatic, financial, and administrative support to USAID global... Read more »

Q&A with Hope Neuling, MPH Candidate in Global Health

What was your background before enrolling in the MPH program? Before Gillings, I received my bachelor’s in Anthropology from the University of Virginia (Go Cavaliers!). When I was an undergraduate I was not sure what I wanted to do with my life, but I always thought I wanted to do something in either international education... Read more »

Q&A with Ian Dale, MPH Student in Global Health

What was your background before enrolling in the MPH program? My academic background started out far from public health. I got a B.A. in philosophy from UNC, and even though I spent most of my time during my undergrad years only a couple of blocks from Gillings, I didn’t know any public health students and... Read more »

Q&A with Michaella Wu, MPH Candidate in Global Health

What was your background before enrolling in the MPH program? I graduated from North Carolina State University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. I was originally on the pre-medical track, but was questioning my passion for the career field. It was then that I interned for the North Carolina Department of Health... Read more »