Testimonials

Shira Goldenberg, PhD (UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program graduate 2012, now an Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University)

Shira Goldenberg

"The Joint Doctoral program in Global Health provided me with unparalleled opportunities to engage in border health research and to better understand the health and social disparities faced by vulnerable communities in Mexico and beyond. Through extensive field opportunities in Jamaica and diverse communities across Mexico, including the Northern border and interior migrant-sending regions, I gained unique hands-on training in global health that has equipped me to pursue a global health career and meaningfully engage with communities to promote public health at home and abroad. As a postdoctoral fellow, my immediate research plans are to gain a deeper understanding of vulnerable women's pathways into sex work and their health and social consequences in the Mexico-Guatemala border region. This work will be supported not only through the methodological and topical training I have gained through the Joint Doctoral program, but perhaps more importantly, through applied, interdisciplinary global health training that is so central to this type of work."

 

Meghan D. Morris, PhD, MPH (UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program graduate 2011, now an Assistant Professor at UCSF)
Meghan Morris

"The extraordinary training opportunities in HIV prevention research, substance abuse epidemiology and global health allowed me to take advantage of the abundance of hands-on research experiences within the Division of Global Public Health during my PhD training. Most rewarding was the exposure to grant writing and manuscript writing. I gratefully acknowledge that these experiences allowed me to develop a solid research foundation and have allowed me to smoothly transition into my current role as a postdoctoral research fellow with the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Under my current position I act as the project director for the International Collaboration for Incident HIV and Hepatitis C in Injecting Cohorts (InC3 Study) a large multi-study collaboration examining incident HIV and hepatitis C among injecting drug users globally. Additionally, I was recently awarded a one-year development grant through the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) to explore relationship dynamics that influence high risk injecting practices within injecting partnerships that will inform a validated measurement scale. As I transition into independence as an academic researcher, I find myself drawing on the valuable guidance Dr. Steffanie Strathdee and the exceptional faculty within the division provided me throughout my training."

Oralia Loza, PhD (UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program graduate 2010, now an Assistant Professor at UTEP)Oralia Loza, PhD

"Within a year of graduating with my PhD in Public Health, Epidemiology from the UCSD/SDSU JDP, I have a tenure track faculty position at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), an NIH Loan Repayment program award, and two grants awarded to conduct research with a potential to make a contribution to the local El Paso community. It is an honor and challenge given that I am in one of the safest cities in the country, neighboring the most violent city in the world, Ciudad Juarez, CHI. As I am navigating through this stage of my career and transitioning from student to professor and researcher, in many moments, I find myself feeling very grateful to have had had the training and experience gained from working with my doctoral advisor Dr. Steffanie Strathdee and other amazing and inspiring colleagues and friends at UCSD Global Public Health."

 

 Emily White Tejani, MD, MPH (UCSD School of Medicine graduate, 2009)
Emily Tejani
"My experience working as a trainee on Proyecto El Cuete led me to consider doing further research on issues of drug abuse, HIV, and harm reduction. Working on cutting-edge research projects alongside Global Public Health faculty at UC San Diego has helped me tremendously in my career path. I am now a resident at Yale where I am involved with addictions research."

 

 

Daniel Yee (UCSD General Biology graduate, 2012)

“It’s a really exciting time to be involved with the HFiT clinic and the UCSD Division of Global Public Health as a whole,” says graduate student and HFiT student coordinator Daniel Yee. “Especially at UCSD with the UCSD Global Health Initiative, there’s been a large focus on improving collaborative efforts between people across different departments and institutions. I’m sure we wouldn’t have been able to accomplish even half of what we’ve done so far at the HFiT clinic without the cooperation of the UABC and UCSD faculty and students, many of whom come from different backgrounds and specialties.” Read More....StudentSpotlight.aspx

Angela M. Robertson, PhD, MPH (UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program graduate 2012, Postdoctoral Fellow 2012-2013, now an Assistant Professor at BU)

"As a student in the Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health and later as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Global Public Health, I received a solid foundation in drug abuse, infectious diseases, and mixed methods research. My PhD coursework was uniquely supplemented by hands on training in the social epidemiology of HIV and other infectious diseases among vulnerable populations in the Mexico-U.S. border region. Throughout the doctoral program, I gained considerable experience conducting quantitative and qualitative interviews with socially marginalized sex workers, drug users, migrants and deportees in Tijuana. This fieldwork solidified my commitment to understanding and ameliorating disparities in the distribution of infectious diseases. The fantastic mentoring I received from Drs. Steffanie Strathdee, Tom Patterson, Vicky Ojeda and other interdisciplinary GPH faculty has enabled me to grow as a public health researcher. After receiving essential training in study design, data analysis, manuscript preparation and grant writing from these mentors, my NIDA-funded dissertation research (R36-DA032376) explored sexual risk behaviors within female sex workers’ commercial and noncommercial relationships. My postdoctoral training in couples-based research facilitated my continued investigation of the social epidemiology of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among drug-involved couples in Mexico. As a current Postdoctoral Fellow in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Fenway Institute in Boston, I hope to translate the skills and insights I developed through my GPH training to different populations of intimate couples".

 

David Goodman, MD, PhD(UCSD Post Doctoral Fellow, 2012-2013)David Goodman

My time at UCSD's Division of Global Health has given my career a new direction. Before I came to the Division, I had finished medical school in Tijuana, Mexico at the top of my class and had a dream of practicing medicine in the United States but had no clear path to achieve this goal. I enrolled in UCSD's Masters in Clinical Research but had not selected a research topic and felt overwhelmed in a world of research I did not know existed. Through one of my medical school professor's recommendation I met with Dr. Richard Garfein to work on a dataset. Before I left the door, I had a research mentor and felt part of something. Soon afterwards I met Dr. Jose Luis Burgos and had agreed to work at the Division's student run free clinic Health Frontiers in Tijuana (HFIT) located across the border in Tijuana's Red Light District. In the next couple of weeks I met Dr. Steffanie Strathdee, and soon after had my first training grant (AIDS International Training in Research Program) and a research project to design.

In the two years I was part of the family, I was able to design, implement and analyze my own research project related to HIV under the tutelage of Dr. Strathdee and Dr. Thomas Patterson. Their method of training fit me perfectly. They let everything in my hands, but they were always at an emails notice to lend their support and expertise when things got tough or felt they were getting out of hand. I also always felt their desire for me to succeed, far more than just at our current research endeavor, but in my future career.

During my work at HFit, I found a direction for my medical career. I found a desire to work for those most underserved (homeless) and affected by the HIV epidemic (injection drug users, sex workers and men who have sex with men). As such, I have matched in an Internal Medicine Residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Jacobi Medical Center, undoubtedly which, I could not have done without the training and experience I received throughout my fellowship at UCSD.

In summary this experience has marked my life an career and is a worthwhile experience for anyone who would want to work with experts who are always there to help.

Miguel Pinedo, PhD (PhD student, Global Health Track, Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health, 2015, now a postdoc at UC Berkeley)

Miguel Pinedo

Thank you for your support, leadership, and mentorship during my time in the JDP program. My time at the Division has been a great learning and training experience, I definitely attribute my professional development, growth as a researcher, and success to the training I received as part of the JDP program and the Division of Global Public Health. As a result, I feel confident and prepared as a begin this new stage in my academic career.