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Notes from the Field

Students Making a Difference

Photo by Roberto-Delagdo Zapata, MD, MPH, ColoradoSPH Alum
Wonder what it's like to do global health work as a student?

Learn how these students from the University of Colorado and Colorado State University are getting real-world experience in global health through their blog posts and correspondences with friends and family. Follow them as they navigate the challenges and rewards of working in professional settings at the World Health Organization and in the field in resource-limited settings.


Summer 2017 Notes


Chiang Mai University, Northern Thailand

Blake Snyder, 3rd Year Medical Student, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Blake’s interests in global health and eye research are exemplified by the work he performed in Haiti and India, as well as by the research he performed as an undergraduate, at the NIH, and throughout medical school, respectively. Blake is performing an International Clinical Research Fellowship with Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Calvin L Wilson Scholarship for Future leaders in Global Health with UCSF and The Proctor Foundation. His project, Cost-effectiveness of Eye Screening Examinations for Non-Communicable Eye Disease in Resource Poor Settings, has the potential to detect undiagnosed disease and prevent blindness. Such screening programs might be especially useful in developing countries, where the bulk of visual impairment occurs, and where few diagnostic services exist.

A bit about Blake's posts

Installment 1 - Cuba - Note to Dad

Installment 2 - NIH Headquarters - Thank-You Notes

Installment 3 - Burkina Faso - Note to Max

Installment 4 - Burkina Faso - Note to Tucker

Intallment 5 - Burkina Faso - Note to Self

Installment 6 - Bangkok, Thailand - Note to Rachel

Installment 7 - Angkor Wat, Cambodia - Note to Everett

Installment 8 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Note to Mom



World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland

Brian Adams, 2nd Year Medical Student, University of Colorado School of Medicine

My name is Brian and I'm a rising second year medical student from the University of Colorado. I'm highly interested in international health policy and pediatric infectious diseases. This internship was prompted by previous research in Lima, Perú related to making pediatric healthcare more efficient. I also have a fascination with the biology of infectious disease and vectors. I'm honored to represent the USA this summer at the World Health Organization HQ in Geneva, Switzerland. This summer I'll be working with Professor Nikki Shindo, the individual that led WHO H1N1 response. I’ll be in the department of Epidemic Response, specifically in a team called the Experts Response Network that was formed after the most recent Ebola crisis. The goal of this network is to make response to epidemics more efficient and effective. My specific project will involve using data and interviews to optimize response to epidemics including Ebola.

Read further for my reflections on my learning, musings on the WHO and UN, and other personal reflections!

Life at the World Health Organization


Breanna Beberman, DVM/MPH Candidate, Colorado State University

Hi! I am an MPH/DVM student at CSU completing my practicum with the WHO One Health Team in Geneva, Switzerland. I'll be starting my third year of veterinary school in the fall of 2017. My preceptor at the WHO is Dr. Elizabeth Mumford and I will also be working closely with Dr. Sara Martins (both are veterinarians!), a consultant to the team. My MPH focus is Global Health and Health Disparities and my veterinary interests are, well, pretty much everything, though mostly public health, infectious diseases, etc. I am passionate about culture and believe there is a link between cultural practices governing human-animal interactions and the spread of infectious diseases: I hope to study these pathways using culturally sensitive research techniques someday. During the summer of 2017, I'll be living in Gaillard, France, which is just outside of Geneva, with my partner, Chase. He'll be furthering his chemistry PhD research at the University of Geneva. We have a shared blog, so don't be surprised if you find some information about his work in there. Thanks for reading!

The Last Summer of Adventures

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