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Global Health News

From study abroad programs to multi-national research projects, Arnold School faculty, staff, and students are engaged in global health initiatives throughout the world. We address public health issues on a global scale and contribute to USC's growing international presence.


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Public health seniors Jared Dawson and Emily Saathoff win Rotary Global Grants to pursue master of public health degrees abroad

Jared "JD" Dawson will complete an MPH at the University of Cape Town, studying disease prevention and treatment. Emily Saathoff will complete an MPH with a focus on child and maternal health at the University of Ghana.  

Leila Larson

Leila Larson brings global health background, child nutrition/development expertise to HPEB department

She is using her expertise in child development and malnutrition in studies in Malawi and Bangladesh to examine the effects of nutritional supplementation in early life on cognitive functioning and health of children and their mothers. 

Audrey Gleaton

Physician completes Global Health Fellowship Program to prevent and treat chronic diseases in low- and middle-income countries

Audrey Gleaton chose UofSC’s Family Medicine-Global Health Fellowship Program, which includes an MPH in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, due to its balance of academic and clinical/field experience as well as its international connections and highly recommended staff.  

Anna Book

Public health graduate to pursue master’s degree in health policy and global health

Anna Book, a May graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Public Health program, will soon begin a Master of Public Health program at Columbia University where she’ll study health policy and global health.

Mufaro Kanyangarara

Mufaro Kanyangarara boosts Arnold School’s global health and infectious diseases expertise

In October 2019, Kanyangarara joined the Arnold School of Public Health to continue advancing her research in the areas of global health and infectious diseases, particularly those affecting mothers, newborns and children in low- and middle-income countries. 

Yu-Hsiu Lin

Alumna wins Young Scholar Fellowship to study PTSD, social vulnerability and dementia among Earthquake survivors

Yu-Hsiu Lin, a 2015 graduate of the Arnold School’s Ph.D. in Health Services Policy and Management program, has received the Young Scholar Fellowship from the Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology’s Einstein Program. 

Jamie Lead

Environmental health sciences expert Jamie Lead travels the globe, advancing the field of nanoscience

Not only do CENR members study how to minimize the risks and maximize the benefits of nanoparticles’ effects on environmental and human health, they exchange ideas with others from kindergarteners to leading scientists in the field. 

Grace Cooney

Public health senior wins Rotary Grant to pursue master’s degree in migration, culture, and global health

Grace Cooney will use the grant to pursue a Master of in Migration, Culture, and Global Health at Queen Mary University of London. The Rotary program aims to increase international understanding and positive relationships among people from different countries and geographic areas.  

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Alumnus Takeo Ichiyanagi applies UofSC lessons to role as head athletic trainer for Japan’s Men’s National Basketball team

Originally from Japan, Takeo Ichiyanagi moved to the U.S. after high school. He ended up staying for 15 years, amassing the knowledge and skills that would eventually land him the position of head athletic trainer for Japan’s Men’s National Basketball team. 


Arnold School Alumnus named Chief Business Transformation Officer for Bumrungrad International Hospital

David Boucher, a 1982 graduate of the Department of Health Services Policy and Management’s Master of Public Health program, has been selected to serve as the Chief Business Transformation Officer for Bumrungrad International Hospital 


Exercise science professor Michael Beets uses NIH grant to understand causes of accelerated weight gain among children during summer vacation

 Michael Beets, a children’s health researcher in the Department of Exercise Science, has been awarded a five-year grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. He will use the grant to study the etiology of accelerated weight gain during summer versus the school year.

James Thrasher

Jim Thrasher wins $2.7 million grant to study effectiveness of cigarette package inserts in helping smokers quit

Jim Thrasher, professor of health promotion, education, and behavior, has been awarded a $2.7 million grant from the National Cancer Institute. With this five-year project, he will evaluate whether public health messages on cigarette package inserts, which are small printed leaflets inside of cigarette packs, can help smokers quit. 

Jihong Liu

Epidemiology and biostatistics professor Jihong Liu publishes health equity perspective on prioritizing top health issues in China

The December issue of the American Journal of Public Health includes an editorial by epidemiology and biostatistics professor Jihong Liu on prioritizing the top health issues in China beyond 2018 from a health equity perspective. 

Johann Fridriksson

Two-time alumnus Jóhann Fridriksson combines public health and politics to improve health in Iceland

After moving back to Iceland in 2015, he took a position as a specialist and researcher at Iceland’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. His role focuses on employee health-related policies, workplace health promotion and research projects in prevention and health.

Christine Blake

HPEB researchers receive additional $771K to boost synthesis and dissemination of findings from Drivers of Food Choice competitive grants program

Originally funded with a five-year, $5.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Kingdom government, this supplemental award from the Gates Foundation brings the total funding for the program up to nearly $6.3 million.

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CENR director Jamie Lead builds nano collaborations with Chinese University

During the five-year, funded appointment as an adjunct professor with Shanxi Agricultural University, Lead will collaborate with other researchers, supervise students and help the university develop a ‘nano' group dedicated to agricultural issues.

Tatiana Martínez-Jaikel

August Ph.D. in health promotion, education, and behavior graduate to improve health for women in Costa Rica

With interests in human behavior, education and health promotion interventions, Martínez-Jaikel has more than a decade of experience implementing health life style programs for low-income women in Costa Rica.

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New National Institutes of Health grant to focus on electronic cigarette use and policies in Latin America

Jim Thrasher, professor of health promotion, education, and behavior in the Arnold School of Public Health, has been awarded a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center.

Christine Blake

HPEB researchers assess the progress of the Drivers of Food Choice program at the halfway mark

Since 2015, HPEB researchers have been using a $5.5 million grant to manage a competitive grants program that supports research aimed at understanding drivers of food choice in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Students learn about sports culture and personal perseverance during Maymester course in Italy and Greece

This year, the department offered An Overview of Sport Culture: From Ancient World to Present (EXSC 555). Faculty Barbara Cuevas, Morgan Collins, and Sara Corwin led students throughout Italy and Greece, learning about the history of sports.

Alyssa Geis

Student helps bring smiles to children and young adults in Madagascar through free oral and facial surgeries

The MPH in HPEB professional online program’s format supported Alyssa Geis’ commitment to continue to working with Operation Smile, an international charity that provides free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries.

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May graduate strives to lead healthcare policy analysis in Saudi Arabia with Ph.D. in health services policy and management

During her doctoral program in health services policy and management, Duaa Aljabri developed expertise in analyzing and implementing national healthcare policies as well as assessing outcomes in both the managerial and clinical practice levels.

Manel Boufaied

Fulbright Scholar completes master of health administration degree to contribute to positive change globally.

After receiving the AUPHA Foster G. McGaw Scholarship Award for graduating at the top of her class with a 4.0 GPA, Manel Boufaied is planning to pursue an international career in healthcare management to apply what she’s learned.

Kate Samuel

Public health graduate to apply rich set of college experiences to serving as a public health educator with Peace Corps

In a few months, Kate Samuel will apply the knowledge and skills she gained at Carolina with a new adventure: a 27-month assignment as a public health educator in Peru with the Peace Corps, likely working with HIV/AIDS, mothers and children, and/or youth development.

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Public health student gains hands-on experience in infectious diseases and global health through study abroad programs

Now a junior studying public health with a minor in statistics, Deborah Keen has known she wanted to pursue a career in epidemiology since her junior year in high school. It was around that time that she first traveled to Kenya—a country to which she would later return as a college student. 

Caroline Pascal

Public health graduate joins Peace Corps to kick off career improving maternal and child health around the world

She chose UofSC for her undergraduate degree due to the welcoming campus, opportunity to walk on the track and field team and its status as home to the only accredited school of public health in the state.

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Siblings earn doctoral degrees in epidemiology from Arnold School to improve health in China

Growing up in a small town in northeast China, Max (Xiaoguang) and Flora (Xiaonan) Ma shared experiences, ideas, and stories—even similar personalities. They also share degrees: master's in public health and soon, Ph.D.s in epidemiology from the Arnold School.

Ryan Anderson

Public health senior wins Rotary Scholarship to support master's degree in his quest for universal health equity

The senior public health major has already founded two nonprofit organizations (one on his own and a second with fellow student J.P. Prohdoel) and built relationships with communities in the Caribbean, Central America and Africa. 

Engineers Without Borders

Bringing diverse disciplines together to improve public health

Engineers Without Borders is a non-profit humanitarian organization that is committed to partnering with lower-income communities around the world in the areas of water supply, sanitation, energy, agriculture, civil works, structures and information.

Jim Burch

Laying the groundwork for collaborations in Chile

Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Jim Burch used a Fulbright Specialist grant to travel to Chile and build collaborative opportunities with the Austral University of Chile.

Xiaoming Li

Study to examine HIV stigma/outcomes in China

Xiaoming Li, HPEB Professor and Director for the SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality (CHQ), and Shan Qiao, Assistant Professor of HPEB and CHQ, have received a $1 million grant NIH's U.S.-China Program for Biomedical Collaborative Research. 

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Building ties with Chinese universities

A group of leaders from the Arnold School, School of Medicine, and Office of the Provost/Global Carolina Program spent nearly two weeks overseas, fostering relationships with several health sciences universities in Taiwan and mainland China.

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Making an impact through USC in Costa Rica: Global Health

The Arnold School supplied two of the founding courses in the new USC in Costa Rica: Global Health Maymester program, including an epidemiology course that conducted a model service learning project. 

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