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University of Washington School of Public Health

Undergraduate Public Health-Global Health Major

Public Health-Global Health Dawgs (The PHDs)

The PHDs are a diverse and engaged group of students in the Public Health-Global Health Major. PHDs, selected through a competitive application process, are tasked with supporting the Major’s outreach and recruitment efforts. They are charged with “infecting undergraduates with public health!” through their on-campus involvement and by educating others about the importance of the discipline in solving the world’s health problems. Additionally, they are selected to sit on various committees in the School of Public Health to ensure a strong student presence during decision making processes.

On campus, Public Health Dawgs support Public Health events, information sessions and tabling efforts and are available for brief course visits.

If you would like to have a PHD visit your course to share information about the Public Health-Global Health Major or if you are a student and have questions about becoming a PHD email Public Health Advisers.

PHDs...

  • Gain professional development in outreach, leadership and communication
  • Present at events to introduce public health from a student perspective
  • Support tabling and information sessions on campus and at local community colleges.
  • Host events that build community and collegiality within the Public Health-Global Health Major.

 

Meet the 2017-2018 Public Health Dawgs


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Daniella Brengelmann

Public Health Major, Bachelor of Arts

What are your professional goals?
After graduation I'd like to go into population health research, hopefully at an institute such as IHME or the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with a main interest in the effects of climate change on public health and eventually going back to school to pursuing a graduate level degree in epidemiology.

What excites you about the Public Health Major?
The Public Health Major excites me because of the wide variety of classes and pathways offered which can all be viewed within a public health framework. I am able to receive diversity in my learning whether it's a public policy class, statistics, or environmental studies, all of which are very applicable to public health.


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Sarah Duncan

Public Health Major, Bachelor of Science

What are your professional goals?
Since public health is such an expanding field, new opportunities are being created all the time! Ideally, I would like to be involved in research and community-based health efforts in Central and South America, but by the time I finish graduate school, who knows what possibilities will be available!

What excites you about the Public Health Major?
I love public health because it is an intersectional and diverse discipline. Even as an undergraduate, being able to address health disparities at a population level is incredibly exciting, and I love that it involves people from so many different academic and life paths. There is space for everyone to find their interests and work towards the common goal of making our world a place where health is a human right.


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Amber Garcia

Public Health Major, Bachelor of Arts

What are your professional goals?
I hope to serve in Peace Corps' health sector after I get my undergraduate degree. At this point, I'd like to serve in any country because I really want to immerse myself in a culture outside my comfort zone. Afterwards, I'd want to get my Masters and work as an Epidemiologist.

What excites you about the Public Health Major?
I love how we encompass all these interdisciplinary facets that come together, and paint a holistic picture of the healthcare field!


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Skye Holm

Public Health Major, Bachelor of Science

What are your professional goals?
I plan to apply to medical schools within the next year. I hope to become involved in current research in medicine as I pursue a career in health care.

What excites you about the Public Health Major?
I love the variety of classes offered within the Public Health Major. I feel that education and discussion of current health topics will prepare me for an active role in understanding and approaching problems with an open mind. I am excited to pursue contributions to medicine and humanity with this well-rounded perspective.


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Nasiha Hussain

Public Health Major, Bachelor of Science

What are your professional goals?
While I am still exploring possibilities for the future, I am currently planning on attending grad school and eventually working to reduce stigma and increase access to mental health care, and to reduce health disparities globally.

What excites you about the Public Health Major?
I think the most exciting thing about the public health major is how diversified and multi-faceted it is. Public health brings so many different people together, with different backgrounds, opinions, thoughts, and interests. But, regardless of our differences, everyone is working together to improve health outcomes.


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Danafe D. Matusalem

Public Health Major, Bachelor of Arts; Minor in Diversity

What are your professional goals?
My professional goals include health care management, promotion, and increasing health education in communities. I hope to work at a state or county level public health agencies, and gain experience and knowledge about the field of public health. Furthermore, I would like to attain a Masters in Health Administration (MHA) or a Masters in Public Health (MPH).

What excites you about the Public Health Major?
What excites me about the Public Health Major (PHM) is how significant it is in benefiting everyone's well-being, and how much I joy I get from what I am learning. I love how this interdisciplinary major allows students to gain various skills in analytic epidemiology, communication, social justice, and health promotion which can be applied to different jobs. Also, I enjoy how the PHM teaches students to think critically about community and population health in relation to prevention.


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Thuc Nguyen-Le

Public Health Major, Bachelor of Arts; Minor in Nutritional Sciences

What are your professional goals?
I'm not completely sure what I want to do for certain, but I am interested in pursuing either physical/occupational therapy or getting a MPH in Health Services.

What excites you about the Public Health Major?
What excites me about the Public Health Major is that its interdisciplinary nature allows me to study a wide variety of different fields. Being able to take so many different classes gives me a better perspective of health overall and provides many opportunities for me to get involved in my community.


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Andrea O'Neil

Public Health Major, Bachelor of Arts

What are your professional goals?
I'm thinking about becoming a physician assistant and/or working for a non-profit organization that promotes global health.

What excites you about the Public Health Major?
I love the diversity of the public health major! The bridge between the natural and social sciences allows us to promote health in the most holistic way possible.


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Brenda Tram

Public Health Major, Bachelor of Arts

What are your professional goals?
I am intending on pursuing a Masters in Health Administration after my undergrad. With this knowledge, I will improve the efficiency of hospital facilities through conducting suitable medical procedures and providing healthier nutritional meals to enhance treatment.

What excites you about the Public Health Major?
There is a broad spectrum of opportunities that encompasses the realm of Public Health, which I find extremely beneficial for students that may not know what they want to do with their lives in the present moment. The Public Health major does not lead to one endpoint, but rather it can be specialized to people's interests in whatever direction they want to take for whatever goals they hope to accomplish.


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Marguerite Henderson

Public Health Major, Bachelor of Arts

 

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Leslie Rojas

Public Health Major, Bachelor of Science

 

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Anita Velazquez

Public Health Major, Bachelor of Arts