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2016 Vanderbilt Master of Public Health, Global Health Track Graduates

The Vanderbilt Master of Public Health (MPH) Program is a two-year interdisciplinary program offered through the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

The Global Health track is designed to educate innovative and effective public health professionals in the development and management of effective global health initiatives, to contribute to sound public health policies and practices, and to engage in meaningful partnerships with communities.

Learn more about the Vanderbilt MPH program’s Global Health track

Jillian Balser, M.P.H.

Jillian is particularly interested in global mental health. Her practicum project involved developing a resource guide for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services’ human trafficking training curriculum. Jillian’s thesis was a retrospective analysis investigating the impact of adverse child experiences on adult outcomes in high-risk populations.

Mary Bayham, M.P.H.

With interests in organizational development, Mary’s practicum focused on monitoring and evaluation of the Healthy Schools Program and grant writing with Primeros Pasos in Xela, Guatemala. Her thesis examined predictors of healthcare utilization among children 6-59 months of age in Zambezia Province, Mozambique. During her MPH, Mary worked with VIGH’s web communications and served as the Development Chair for the Vanderbilt Global Health Case Competition.

Angie Boehmer, R.N., M.P.H.

Angie pursued her deep interest in maternal and child health during her practicum investigating the evaluation and development of a nutrition program within the Thrive Thru Five project in conjunction with the Lwala Community Alliance located in Lwala, Kenya. Her thesis explored patient and provider satisfaction with a strategy to improve mother-to-child HIV transmission prevention services in rural Nigeria. During her MPH, Angie served as a co-chair for the Vanderbilt Global Health Case Competition. Angie’s post-graduation plans include working in a role that allows her to integrate her passion and skills for nursing and global health while contributing to a project that improves global child health around the world.

Erin Graves, R.N., M.P.H.

Erin’s interests include analyzing the barriers to the PMTCT adherence cascade, capacity building, family planning, and access to care. For her practicum project, she collaborated with VIGH-affiliate Friends in Global Health centered on preparing, implementing, analyzing, and reporting on a baseline assessment of the response to gender-based violence cases in public health facilities in ten districts in Zambézia Province. Her thesis work involved the quantitative analysis of primary outcomes for the prevention of maternal-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) in Zambézian districts with recently implemented Male Engagement Strategy program, which seeks to strengthen male partner involvement in maternal antenatal care and testing. During her MPH, served as Treasurer for the VIGH Student Advisory Council and was a member of the Case Writing Team for the Vanderbilt Global Health Case Competition. Her post-graduation plans include serving as Project Officer with Friends in Global Health located in Maputo, Mozambique.

Erin Hamilton, M.P.H.

With interests in pediatric obesity prevention and community-based nutrition interventions in Latin America, Erin worked with the Instituto de Nutrición y Tecnología de los Alimentos (INTA), Universidad de Chile in Santiago, Chile for her practicum. As a Research Intern, she worked with the project Colación BKN (“Cool Snack”), a school-based intervention designed to improve the nutritional health of students attending 12 public schools in low-income communes in the Metropolitan region of Santiago. She created, translated, and distributed materials to assist in the evaluation of Year 3 of the program. During her MPH, Erin served on the MPH Program’s Curriculum Committee and was a member of Vanderbilt’s team selected to compete in the Emory Global Health Case Competition. Erin intends on workinglong-term in Latin America.

Jessica Hinshaw, M.P.H.

Passionate about community health promotion and community based interventions and research, Jessica conducted a baseline dietary diversity and food security assessment of women head of households and created a training manual for community health promoters with Manna Project International in Cedro Galan, Nicaragua. For her thesis, Jessica explored how access to preventative health care compared before and after the passage of the Affordable Healthcare Act. During her MPH, Jessica served as co-chair for the Vanderbilt Global Health Case Competition. Post-graduation, Jessica will work as a Global Health Education Coordinator with AMOS in Managua, Nicaragua.

Savannah Hurt, M.D., M.P.H.

Savannah is interested in anesthesiology in low-resource settings. She worked with the Guyana Ministry of Health Surveillance Unit Attachment in Georgetown, Guyana while completing a practicum project. Her thesis explored perioperative mortality rates in a sample of pediatric patients at urban hospitals in Kenya. Upon completion of the MPH program, Savannah will be begin an anesthesiology residency at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Joseph Maloney, M.P.H.

During the summer between his first and second year, Joey worked with Soles-4-Souls in Port-au-Prince, Haiti to conduct a program evaluation of their micro-enterprise projects. This program evaluation began as a class project in the MPH course, Global Health Essential Skills, and culminated as a data analysis for his thesis. For his practicum, Joey worked with Blood:Water Mission, an organization devoted to ending the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa.

Bhinnata Piya, M.P.H.

With interests in health system strengthening, maternal and child health, and tuberculosis, Bhinnata pursued a practicum project focusing on global health leadership with Unite For Sight in New Haven, Connecticut and an additional “extended” practicum studying health systems strengthening in post-Ebola Liberia with Partners in Health in Harper, Liberia. Her thesis comprised of a six month prospective cohort study in southeast Liberia investigating health systems strengthening projects on tuberculosis outcomes.

Emily Sheldon, M.P.H.

Emily is interested in the intersection of social enterprise and global health in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in regards to program implementation and project management for effective prevention, care, and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Her practicum explored development and nonprofit management with Lwala Community Alliance’s U.S. offices located in Nashville. Emily’s thesis was titled, “Strategic Planning with the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures at Vanderbilt University.” Following completing of the M.P.H. program, Emily will be serving as Director of Healthcare Innovation with Impact Hub Accra in Accra, Ghana.

Shellese Shemwell, M.P.H.

For her practicum, Shellese conducted a program evaluation of a micro-enterprise project in Haiti in collaboration with Sols-4-Souls located in Port-au-Prince, a project that began in the MPH course, Global Health Essential Skills. Shellese explored her interests in maternal and child health while completing her thesis, “Vaccine and Vitamin A Compliance in Children Ages 12-59 months in Zambezia Province.”