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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.


The purpose of our Global Health Newsletter is to disseminate the global health research, education, and outreach of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni. See our previous newsletters below.

As we continue to build our semester newsletters, it would be helpful to get your suggestions on individuals (faculty, staff, students, or alumni) that we should highlight. If you know of anyone at or affiliated with USC who is currently doing global health work that you recommend we reach out to, please email


Victoria Adebiyi

I Am Public Health: Victoria Adebiyi

Victoria Adebiyi has big goals. The Ph.D. in Health Promotion Education and Behavior candidate plans to improve maternal and child nutrition and health in low- and middle-income countries after her 2025 graduation - continuing the path she began a decade ago in Nigeria.

Hala Ghattas

Unhealthy food environments may play a role in increasing rates of childhood obesity in low- and middle-income countries

Research led by HPEB associate professor Hala Ghattas and published in Public Health Nutrition has revealed what may be a major factor in the rise of childhood obesity in the Middle East and North Africa.

Leila Larson

Global health researcher digs into complex etiology of anemia in mothers and children

A recent study led by HPEB assistant professor Leila Larson and published in Public Health Nutrition has shed more light on the interplay of factors that cause anemia in mothers and children in low- and middle-income countries.

Tanya Ambrose

Master of public health student screens film of nonprofit she founded at APHA annual meeting

MCH Certificate/MPH student Tanya Ambrose is already a public health professional. The outreach specialist for Prisma Health Midlands Healthy Start founded Scrub Life Cares in 2020 to provides menstrual products to support health hygiene.

Nandita Perumal

Nandita Perumal invited to join World Health Organization's Technical Advisory Group on Gestational Weight Gain

Just one semester into her first faculty appointment, Nandita Perumal is already stepping up as a thought leader in gestational weight gain - particularly in a global context. The epidemiology assistant professor has published a key paper and joined a new taskforce.

Nandita Perumal

Perinatal and pediatric epidemiologist Nandita Perumal boosts Arnold School's global health expertise

Her research aims to improve maternal, newborn, and child nutrition, health and development in vulnerable populations by understanding the causes of adverse maternal and child health outcomes as well as the long-term consequences of adverse exposures in early life.

Melissa Nolan

New institute puts USC on map for vector-borne illness research

A USC-funded institute led by epidemiology associate professor Melissa Nolan will use global reach to solve local problems. The Institute of Infectious Disease Translational Research will allow her to operate complementary studies at labs based in SC, El Salvador and Brazil.

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Students explore global health perspectives in Costa Rica

USC features the Global Health Costa Rica summer program, which is led by HPEB clinical associate professor Edena Guimaraes and taken by public health major as well as other students across the university. 

Jan Ostermann

New study uses technology to protect children from preventable infections

Jan Ostermann is leading a new project to increase vaccination uptake among children in rural and underserved areas. He will use a $3 million NIH grant to implement a community-based digital intervention in Tanzania.

Alex McLain

Arnold School researchers play key role in child malnutrition report from UNICEF, WHO, and World Bank

Alexander McLain and Edward Frongillo were acknowledged for their role in developing the analytic methods used for estimating overweight and stunting trends among children around the world.

Sam Johnson

Fulbright Scholarship supports LEAP student’s journey to bring health equity to all

Global studies student Samantha Johnson combined her interests in international systems/policies with health by joining the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Leadership, Education, and Advancement in Undergraduate Pathways (LEAP) Program.

Lidia Gual Gonzalez

Epidemiology student wins award for international public health entomology work

Lídia Gual Gonzalez, a doctoral candidate in the Ph.D. in Epidemiology program, has been selected to receive the John Henry Comstock Award from the Entomological Society of America’s International Branch. 

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Researchers overcome lack of data, develop method for estimating childhood stunting overweight trends

Arnold School researchers Edward Frongillo and Alexander McLain have partnered with scientists from UNICEF and the World Health Organization, including WHO collaborator Elaine Borghi, to develop a method for estimating childhood stunting and oversight trends in the European region.

Edward Frongillo

American Society for Nutrition Foundation honors Edward Frongillo with lifetime achievement award

Two years after the American Society for Nutrition Foundation selected Edward Frongillo to receive the 2020 E.V. McCollum International Lectureships in Nutrition Award, the health promotion, education, and behavior (HPEB) professor has been honored with another senior investigator award from the organization. 

Keren Herran

I Am Public Health: Keren Herrán

Ph.D. in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior student Keren Herrán is bringing a wealth of experiences to her doctoral program as she prepares for a global health career focused on health disparities, nutrition, and maternal and child health. 

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Researchers study effectiveness of new nutrition labeling practices

Jim Thrasher, professor of health promotion, education, and behavior (HPEB), and Rachel Davis, associate professor of HPEB, have won a four-year, $2.4 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Xiaoming Li

NIH funds new study on using resilience approaches to combat HIV stigma

Researchers at the South Carolina SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality will use a $3 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to determine whether a resilience-based approach can mitigate the negative effects of HIV-related stigma.

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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.  

Takeo Ichiyanagi

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. 

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