Maggie Holly standing in the Gillings atrium

What was your background before enrolling in the PhD program at Gillings?

I graduated from Cornell with a BS in Policy Analysis and Management and a minor in Global Health in 2016. I spent 2017 living in rural Malaysia on an English Teaching Assistant Fulbright grant and started graduate school in 2018!

Will you tell us more about your work with the Gillings Humanitarian Health Initiative?

I’ve been working with Professor Sheila Leatherman for the last few years on several projects. My work has involved evidence scans for best practices, NGO support, and student interviews to strengthen the Gillings Humanitarian Health Initiative.

How did you become interested in humanitarian health?

I became interested in humanitarian health through guest lectures and course readings through my first year of graduate school. I consistently found myself most interested and engaged as guest lectures discussed the unique challenges and solutions of humanitarian health.

How has your internship with the Gillings Humanitarian Health Initiative impacted you?

I have learned an incredible amount as an intern. The opportunity to sit in on meetings, work with global partners, and learn from Sheila’s expertise has helped me grow as a professional.

Who is your favorite fictional character and why?

Dobby from Harry Potter. He is loyal and brave!

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