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Global Health Program: Notes from the Field


The UIC SPH Global Health Program has had an exciting year! Between a growing Global Health Concentration and thriving Global Health Student Interest Group, many collaborations and partnerships have fostered activities such as bi-directional student and faculty exchanges, a visiting scholars program, student practicum experiences, and faculty research. The Global Health Program also offers several sponsored programs, which include practicum experiences in Kenya and Mexico and an elective course in Cuba. This past summer, the Global Health Program had more than twenty students fulfill research and field experience requirements overseas. Click here to check out what our students did this summer with their notes from the field!


Student Works in Ghana for her Applied Practice/Field Experience


My practicum brought me to Ghana where I worked with a non-profit organization called Unite for Sight (UFS). UFS specializes in providing vision care in various impoverished communities within Ghana, India and Honduras. Prior to leaving for Ghana, I fundraised and collected reading and sunglasses for UFS affiliated Clinics. I also trained and learned from an optometrist. My volunteer efforts provided human and financial resources to local clinics in Ghana and contributed to the sustainability of UFS outreach programs. Click this link to read more.


Embarking on a Career at the EPA, Loreen Targos, UIC SPH Alumna 


The Associate Director of UIC SPH Career Services, Liz Herrera, scheduled a visit to the US EPA to catch up with Loreen Targos, a UIC SPH alumna from the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences division. During this visit, Loreen provided a quick tour of the facilities, introduced Liz to some of her colleagues – including other UIC SPH alumni! Loreen and Liz sat down to talk about her current role at the EPA, her job search experience and shared career advice for current students and early public health careerists. Click this link to read more.


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