MPH Staff and Students Resume International Travel for the Summer Practicum Term

Five MPH students are working in Ghana over the summer.

The MPH in Global Health Practicum season is in full swing as 17 graduate students began clocking field hours at the beginning of June. Five MPH students are working in Ghana over the summer supporting various global health programs in the capital city of Accra. “This is the first class to travel internationally since the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Leah Wells, MPH Program Coordinator who traveled to Accra in late June with St. Kate’s Global Programs Coordinator, Loriene Hammond.

St. Kate’s Public Health Department has partnered with the West African Aids Foundation (WAAF) and Child Family Health International (CFHI) to create meaningful practicum experiences for our students. “As education coordinators, these international site visits really bring global health to life, to help us better understand challenges and opportunities and in turn to better equip students for intercultural dynamics of working in modern-day public health systems,” Hammond said.

Students abroad in Ghana in front of waterfall
Students posing for photo abroad in Ghana

Here are our five Katies who chose to complete their MPH practicum in Ghana, and a list of their projects.

  • Elizabeth Sager; Accra Ghana: “Needs Assessment of the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights(SRHR) units-HIV Clinic and Family Planning Unity, at the Princess Marie Louise Children’s Hospital”

  • Phoenix Borowski; Accra, Ghana: “Conduct needs assessment to inform grant proposal for the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights(SRHR) unit-HIV Clinic and Family Planning Unity, at the Princess Marie Louise Children’s Hospital”

  • Juwaryia Abdulkadir; Accra, Ghana: “Comprehensive report on the International Community Access to Child Health ICATCH project “Rehabilitating children with disabilities in Accra: community engagement and sensitization”

  • Anani Abas; Accra, Ghana: “Project and grant proposal to support the needs and the services of the Malnutrition and Nutrition Rehabilitation unit of the Princess Marie Louise Hospital, Accra”

  • Anne Ness; Greater Accra, Ghana: “Health promotion and data management for the West African Aids Foundation Epic Control Project”

Learn more about St. Kate’s Master of Public Health Global Health program.