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2016 Global Mental Health


On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 the UC San Diego Global Health Undergraduate Program  and UCSD Students for Global Health hosted their 3rd Annual Horizons of Global Health Research Symposium Conference and Global Health Field Experience Expo.

Faculty and students from across campus attended a poster session showcasing Global Health students’ research and a presentation by Keynote Speaker, Dr.Brandon Kohrt, on Global Mental Health.

Dr. Kohrt (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Global Health and Cultural Anthropology at Duke Global Health Institute) showed how populations are affected by war-related trauma, chronic stressors of poverty, discrimination and lack of access to healthcare and education.


Brandon Kohrt's presentation.


During the program, outstanding senior, Emma Jackson was recognized for her service and contributions as a Global Health Student Representative to the global health community at UC San Diego.

Additionally, Celia Breuer was recognized for attending the Clinton Global Initiative in early April and taking home the Resolution Project Fellowship to advance her work with community organization Siku Njema Kesho.

Meghan Yap was also recognized as a 2016 White House Champion of Change for the contributions of her analysis of the campus policy on sexual assault to the “It’s On Us” campaign.


(Above, left-right: Global Health Undergraduate Advisor, Brittany Wright, Emma Jackson, Celia Bruer, Dr. Sabia Varma, Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, and Meghan Yap).

Undergraduate Poster Session Results!

Thirty-five graduating seniors presented their research posters about the diversity of global health work around the world. The event concluded with the announcement of the 1st and 2nd place finalists of the students’ Research Poster Presentations.

Horizons of Global Health Research Symposium Brochure

Horizons of Global Health Research Symposium Abstract Listings for Posters

1st place was awarded to Christal Quick for her poster on, “Birth Abuse and Disrespect as a Global Phenomenon: Incorporating Traditional Practices to Reduce the Abuse of Birthing Women”  and 2nd place was awarded to Sydney Parham for her posted entitled, ‘Inadequate Sanitation and Hygiene in Rural Nicaragua: A Study of Perpetuating Sociopolitical and Structural Violence.”


1st Place Research Poster Presentation Recipient, Christal Quick.


2nd Place Research Poster Presentation Recipient, Sydney Parham.

We would like to express our gratitude and appreciation for our faculty poster judges, Dr. Eileen Pitpitan (Adjunct Professor of Global Health) and Dr. Saiba Varma (Assistant Professor of Anthropology), pictured below with our award recipients.


Global Health Field Experience Expo

Field Experience Expo Participant Booklet

On the same day, students attended the Global Health Field Experience Expo where they met with our campus, community and study abroad partnering organizations to explore various domestic or international potential field experience opportunities.

For more field experience ideas, visit the Global Health Field Experience Facebook Page!


We would like to thank our co-sponsors for making the events a success:

UCSD Global Health InstituteThe Global Forum International HouseStudents for Global Health

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