Education eNewsletter

fall 2016
New Academic Year Brings Education Team Changes

Faculty at the 2016 master’s commencement (left to right): Elizabeth Fair, Alden Blair, Jim Kahn, Molly Cooke, Kim Baltzell, Paul Volberding, Madhavi Dandu. Photo by Cindy Chew.

Recent months have seen several changes within the GHS Education team. Kim Baltzell, RN, PhD, NP, MS ‘10, stepped down as associate director of the Master of Science program and two associate directors have taken on her role: Elizabeth Fair, PhD, MPH, an infectious disease epidemiologist, and Alden Blair, MSc, PhD(c), a researcher on substance use and HIV and the MS biostatistics instructor. The Education group also bid farewell to two staff members and welcomed new staff, including four MS graduates as course assistants. Read more.
New GHS Website Shows Impact of UCSF’s Global Health Work

Global Health Sciences (GHS) has launched a new website that broadcasts the diversity of global health work at UCSF. With a fresh design and new features, the website not only focuses on the work of GHS but also promotes the broad array of UCSF’s global health activities and highlights the people and partners doing this work around the world. Read more.
Alumni News
Master's alumni, did you take our survey?
We want to hear from you! Your responses help us improve the Master of Science program, be aware of your ongoing needs, and develop alumni events. Because your feedback so valuable, we have extended our alumni survey deadline to December 31, 2016. If you have not already done so, please complete the survey today!
Alumnae Featured in SF Chronicle for Work on Refugees and Sex Education

Laila Soudi and Brianna Rader during the master’s program

Two master’s alumnae from the Class of 2015 have been featured in recent San Francisco Chronicle articles. Laila Soudi, currently a researcher in the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, speaks about her work to bring much-needed mental health treatment to Syrian refugees. Brianna Rader describes her app called Juicebox that gives youth and others an opportunity to anonymously ask questions about sex and receive answers from trained health professionals.

Alumna Profile: Thea Sutton, MS ‘14
Thea Sutton thought she wanted to be a doctor when she first went to college, but her interest pivoted to improving health systems rather than direct care. She’s especially interested in how technology can improve health care access in rural areas. Her new job takes her further down that path. Read more.
Alumni Updates
GHS alumni never cease to impress us with their varied accomplishments, including landing great jobs, publishing research, continuing their education, and growing their families. Read more.
student news
Goodbyes and Hellos

On July 29, thirty-eight students received their master’s degree in Global Health at a commencement ceremony on the UCSF Mission Bay campus. Keynote speaker Richard Cash, MD, MPH, encouraged GHS graduates to “take science to the people” by going directly to the populations experiencing the problems they are researching and by listening and adapting to local needs in all their global health work. Read more and see photos from the ceremony.

In September, GHS welcomed 31 new master’s students and five returning doctoral students. We look forward to hearing about their progress in the next newsletter!

GHS PhD Student Maricianah Onono named to ‘120 Under 40’ Family Planning Leaders
Dr. Maricianah Onono, a GHS PhD student, medical doctor and research scientist with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), has been named a 2016 winner of 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders. Read more.
Faculty News
MS Founding Director Inducted in Royal College of Physicians

On July 6, John L. Ziegler, MD, MSc, Founding Director of the GHS master’s program and UCSF Emeritus Professor of Medicine, was inducted as an Honorary Fellow in the Royal College of Physicians (London) in recognition of his “significant contribution to the medical profession.” Honorary FRCP is one of the highest distinctions bestowed by the 500-year-old institution, which each year identifies 20 exceptional recipients around the world.

UCSF Hosts Breakthrough Prize Symposium at Mission Bay December 5
UCSF is proud to host the symposium for the 2017 Breakthrough Prizes, the world’s largest science award. Join us to see many of the world’s most celebrated scientists discuss their work. Learn more

UCSF in Top 20 for U.S. News & World Report 2017 Global Universities Rankings
UCSF has ranked as one of the top 20 universities in the world, according to the 2017 Best Global Universities rankings recently released by U.S. News & World Report. Read more.
In This Issue
Applications Open
Please encourage qualified candidates to apply!
Due December 15, 2016
PhD in Global Health Sciences
Due February 15, 2017
Master of Science in Global Health
Upcoming Events
Submissions due
December 5, 2016
CUGH Global Health Video Competition
Submit a video on Global Health Advocacy or Innovations in Global Health for a chance to be highlighted at the 8th Annual CUGH Conference April 7-9, 2017 in Washington, DC.
Save the date: April 7-9, 2017
Alumni event at CUGH Conference
Planning to attend the 2017 CUGH Conference? Save the date for a special alumni event! Stay tuned for more info.
Resources & Benefits
Career Resources
Check the GHS Alumni LinkedIn group for global health jobs, opportunities, and discussions.
Alumni Events & Updates
Alumni, stay tuned for an exciting opportunity to engage with GHS and your former classmates in the New Year!

Would you like to learn more about GHS alumni events, or do you have updates and publications to share? Email

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