M.D./M.P.H. Student Dalia Kaakour Awarded 2017 Duke Global Health Fellowship

Globalization has shaped global public health issues, including human rights, health equity, food access and housing. This summer rising first-year M.D./M.P.H. student Dalia Kaakour will experience those globalization forces firsthand. Kaakour was awarded the Duke University Global Health Fellowship, and she will spend eight weeks in Geneva learning and addressing vexing global health policy issues with non-governmental organizations and the World Health Organization (WHO).

“I feel very honored and thankful to have been awarded this fellowship. It has always been a dream of mine to work at the global level, and I will get a taste of that this summer,” said Kaakour. “This program will be immensely helpful in enriching my educational and practical knowledge of global health policy work, and I am looking forward to bringing back all that I have learned to my Miller family.”

The fellowship program will take place in Geneva, Switzerland. The Duke fellows will complete a five-day intensive course titled, “Health Policy in a Globalizing World,” from June 26 to June 30. Fellows will intern with a Geneva-based organization engaged in global health policy prior to and after their coursework.

“Our unique four-year integrated M.D./M.P.H. public health physician training program primes our students to serve on the forefront of complex public health system issues,” said Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H., C.P.H., assistant professor of public health sciences, and Deputy Director of the M.D./M.P.H. Program. “We are delighted Dalia has been selected by Duke University for the competitive and prestigious fellowship to expand her public health training with this program on policy-making in global health.”

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