Leaders and students from the inaugraul 2017 Global Health Equity Scholars Program. L-R: Nancy Glass, Michele Decker, Peter Winch, Nina Martin, Erika Rief, Yousra Yusuf, Benjamin Ostrander, Rachael Pellegrino, Vinayak Bhardwaj, Kimiko Van Wickle, Amy McDonough. Photo credit: Sheridan Jones/AHW

Leaders and students from the inaugraul 2017 Global Health Equity Scholars Program. L-R: Nancy Glass, Michele Decker, Peter Winch, Nina Martin, Erika Rief, Yousra Yusuf, Benjamin Ostrander, Rachael Pellegrino, Vinayak Bhardwaj, Kimiko Van Wickle, Amy McDonough. Photo credit: Sheridan Jones/AHW


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The Johns Hopkins Alliance for a Healthier World is committed to developing the next generation of global health equity researchers and program implementers. Scholars conduct research, participate in student group events, and facilitate interactions between experts from several disciplines. They contribute to the innovative work of the Alliance under the direct mentorship of thematic leaders and senior staff.

“Being a scholar gave me the chance to explore my own interests and to see how my efforts can be supported and enhanced by involving multiple disciplines. It gave me a window into the field of public health, which I especially value as an engineering student with an interest in applying my engineering skills to promote environmental health and equity.”

Global Health Equity Scholars are selected from across the university

  • Bloomberg School of Public Health

  • Carey Business School

  • Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

  • Peabody Institute

  • School of Advanced International Studies

  • School of Education

  • School of Medicine

  • School of Nursing

  • Whiting School of Engineering

What do Scholars do?

Our past Scholars have worked on a variety of projects in close collaboration with Alliance faculty and staff. Examples include analysis of policies related to reducing barriers to data; identifying opportunities to promote gender equity research and programming; and writing original articles on health equity. Each cohort of Scholars is instrumental to advancing our thematic research and knowledge. You can find more about those projects here.

Who are our Scholars?

All Global Health Equity Scholar bring their own unique skills, background, and insights to our work. Since its inception, the program has benefited from the perspectives of trainees in engineering, education, business, human-centered design, medicine, population health, and more. We value diversity and strive to build a cohort that reflects multiple voices and experiences from across Johns Hopkins. You can read more about past Scholars here.

Why the Global Health Equity Scholars program?

Being a Scholar has many benefits. Our paid research opportunities allow students to gain mentorship from experts in the field and apply their skills to tangible questions. Through monthly sessions, Scholars are introduced to health equity work from around Johns Hopkins. Scholars join a network of their peers to share insights from their own disciplines to innovate and inspire.

Global Health Equity Scholars

The Global Health Equity Scholars are a select group of multidisciplinary scholars that work alongside the AHW thematic leaders and AHW staff to conduct innovative research, inspire new ideas, and link between the Alliance and the JHU student body. 

2018/2019 Cohort of student scholars:

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MPH/School of Public Health-At-Large & Communications theme: Daniel has an interest in global mental health and has three years of experience working in project health financing, grant implementation, and evaluation.



MPH/BLOOMBERG SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH-Gender Equity and Justice theme: Before starting her master’s, Sirisha worked at a community center serving women experiencing homelessness and economic vulnerability. She is interested in understanding drivers that perpetuate gender inequities and strategies to remove them.



MPH/BLOOMBERG SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH-Healthy Environments theme: Maliha has a background in public health, art, and environmental advocacy. She is interested in integrating community perspectives and engagement into health programming and policies.

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MSE/WHITING SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING-TTI theme:Amy has worked on numerous projects to integrate medicine, health, and technology, including designing an app to link Baltimore food banks to donation sources. She hopes to continue harnessing technology to improve patient outcomes and health management.

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BS/WHITING SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING-Healthy Environments theme: Jillian is majoring in Environmental Health and Engineering and Visual Arts. She is interested in enabling equitable access to environmentally protective solutions.



MSC/SCHOOL OF EDUCATION- Gender Equity and Justice theme: Saba worked for several years in research focusing on emotional regulation, trauma, and resilience in refugee and immigrant populations. She is interested adapting evidence-based mental health interventions in a culturally sensitive manner.

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MSN-MPH/SCHOOL OF NURSING & BLOOMBERG SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH-Gender Equity and Justice theme: Desiree has worked with Aboriginal communities in Australia affected by Machado-Joseph disease. A registered nurse, she is interested in applying her background in health promotion and sexual and reproductive rights to advance gender equity and justice.



MPH/BLOOMBERG SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH-TTI theme: Francisco previously worked as a physician and clinical director with Partners in Health in Chiapas, Mexico. He is interested in the relationship between health policies and technology, and the role played by multiple disciplines.

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BA/KRIEGER SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES-At-Large & Communications: Alyssa is majoring in Public Health Studies and minoring in Environmental Studies. Since 2017 she has served as the editor for the Johns Hopkins News-Letter and has prepared policy briefs for environmental impacts on child health.


2017/2018 Cohort of student scholars:

Our scholars cohort for 2017/2018 are featured below.  Click on image to read further details about their backgrounds.

Check out what these scholars accomplished during their time with the Alliance for a Healthier World.

Learn more about the Student Scholars Program

Updates on Scholars' Work

Meet Our Student Scholars

Frequently  Asked Questions

Program Details & Application Process