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Spring 2021 GHP Grads: Where are they now?

It is increasingly recognized that the best health professionals will have interdisciplinary perspectives, social and cultural acuity (such as in cross-cultural settings) and team-oriented skills. The GHP's unique research and writing opportunities make the BA, BS, Minor, and MA excellent preparation for medical and graduate school, and for careers in health sciences, research and teaching, service-providing organizations, government agencies, or law. So where have some of our Global Health Program alumni found themselves after graduating from UC San Diego? What could a career path with a degree in Global Health look like? Join us for a discussion with three Global Health Program alumni about how their experiences in the GHP shaped their career interests and led them to their current roles.

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Please check out the Spring 2021 Quarterly Conversations in Global Health - GHP Grads: Where are they now? Zoom recording on Youtube!

The UC San Diego Global Health Program and Students for Global Health held our fifteenth event in Quarterly Conversations in Global Health on Wednesday, May 212th, 2021 through Zoom! This quarter’s panel spoke to the topic of what a GHP graduate's career path and experience would look like after graduation. 

Quarterly Conversations provides a forum for the Global Health community to come together to discuss relevant issues in the field from an interdisciplinary perspective and increase community interaction at UC San Diego.

We would like to give our special appreciation to our event co-sponsors: UC San Diego Global Health Institute, UC San Diego Division of Social Sciences, UC San Diego Global Health Program, UC San Diego Center for Global Mental Health, and UC San Diego Students for Global Health.

Panel Recap

We were delighted to have Dr. Thomas Csordas, Director of UC San Diego’s Global Health Program, moderating the event as our Master of Ceremonies.

Jarrod Ekengren, MPH

Jarrod Ekengren is a public health promotion and policy professional, administrator, and community leader. His mission is to work at the systems, community, and individual levels to reduce human suffering and advance human thriving. He currently works for the County of San Diego as an Associate Project Manager, assisting Behavioral Health Services with a mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) Continuum of Care redesign and harm reduction efforts. He also runs the Aware Project: San Diego—an education and advocacy organization centered around the use of psychedelics in the treatment of mental health issues, SUD, and psychospiritual growth.

Alice Lu, MSL

Alice Lu is a UC San Diego alum, graduating with a double major in Global Health(B.A.) & Human Biology (B.S.) in 2018. She is interested in social medicine, medical-legal partnerships, and health technology. After graduating from UCSD, she pursued a Master of Science in Law at Northwestern Law, focusing on healthcare and data innovation/regulation and human rights. This year, Alice began her journey as a first-year medical school student at UCSF.

Emma Jackson, MPH

Emma Jackson has worked in gender and health related work as a public health researcher for six years. After graduating B.A. in Global Health at UCSD, she worked at the UCSD Center on Gender Equity and Health (GEH) for two years as a research project assistant. Emma received her MPH from Emory University, where she researched girl's education and empowerment, sexual violence prevention, and intimate partner violence. In January 2021, Emma returned to the GEH as a Research Project Coordinator, where she coordinates a CDC-funded evaluation of a community-based sexual violence prevention program in California and a statewide rape prevention education evaluation system.

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