Global Health at Mailman

Global Health at Mailman



One of the reasons I came to Mailman knowing I
wanted to work in global HIV was the fact that I would have the
opportunity to go somewhere overseas be able to study and research for at least
six months. I chose to live rural. You walk to the market you learn
greetings in the local language I mean, you really kinda just
understand what life is like among the populations that we were recruiting for
HIV vaccine trials. You can look at the data all you want
but if you want to understand the social aspects living among people gives you this other
perspective that becomes invaluable when you've finished
graduate school. After Mailman I worked for an NGO. After that I
work for the CDC, and now I'm back in academia working for ICAP here at Columbia. ICAP is a pretty
well-known NGO based here at Mailman. They really have a
reputation for family-centered approach to HIV care delivery. When you
work within an NGO housed within academia you often will be led by pioneers in their discipline but also, they'll
usually be professors that you have. Looking back on my experience here, I
think every fellowship or every graduate research internship I had even
to my post-graduate work experience I can always kind of trace that back to
network that I had at Mailman.

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