Alumni of Impact Award

The UW School of Public Health recognizes our alumni of impact who have demonstrated a record of distinguished service and achievement across public health disciplines and settings. These recognized alumni are leaders, trailblazers, educators, innovators, influencers and health equity heroes that represent just a slice of the School’s community of more than 10,000 alumni worldwide.

Around the globe, our alumni are collaborating across sectors to expand access to health care, improve maternal and child health, and strengthen health systems. They’re tackling complex health related issues due to climate change, injury prevention and houselessness. Some are creating new research methodologies and building the statistical foundation needed to make advances and breakthroughs in public health and medicine. Not matter what our alumni are up to, they continue to share their wisdom and knowledge with the next generation of public health professionals.


2024 Alumni of Impact Award 

Biraj Karmacharya, a public health leader in Nepal, has been selected as the 2024 recipient of the Alumni of Impact Award.

Biraj Karmacharya

Karmacharya is the director of Public Health/Community Programs and Global Engagement at Dhulikhel Hospital and associate professor at the Department of Public Health at Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences.  He has been instrumental in developing innovative community-based health programs and advancing public health training and research in Nepal.

As a Fulbright recipient, Karmacharya attended the UW School of Public Health and received degrees in Epidemiology and Global Health. He is also an affiliate associate professor in the School’s Department of Global Health and was the founding co-director of Nepal Studies Initiative at the Jackson School of International Studies at the UW.

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