By Emily Rogers

Brookline-Quezalguaque Sister City Project – Summer Practicum in Nicaragua

January 12th, 2018 in GH Announcements, Practicums/Internships

Program Information

Company Name: Brookline-Quezalguaque Sister City Project, Inc.

Organization Description/Mission Statement: 30th year of partnership between Brookline and Quezalguaque, a rural township in western Nicaragua

Program Description:

Last year students, in concert with the neighboring medical school the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua, (UNAN) León, faculty and students, surveyed Quezalgauqiue’s adolescents on their sexual knowledge, attitudes and behavior. They discovered a lack of knowledge around HIV which has a small but rising incidence in Nicaragua. They also worked with the local health center, teachers, parents, and town government & regional Ministry of Health to help build pertinent sexual education in the community. In Summer 2018, we plan to increase education around HIV and reach out to adolecents who missed last year’s program, because they had dropped out of high school. Another group we hope to target are adolescents (boys and girls) who have had a child. The group will continue its work with the different community sectors involved in reproductive health education. Two to three US-based public health professionals will accompany the group for the first of the 6 weeks students are in Quezalgauque. In addition to ongoing supervision with the US professionals, the group will work under the direction of UNAN’s Dr. Ugarte, a renowned expert in adolescent health, and alongside medical students from UNAN Leon.

Preferred and/or Required Skills: Good Spanish skills, knowledge of epidemiology and public health campaigns, works well with many people, ability to be flexible, willingness to live and work in a rural environment without many resources

Estimated Start Date: Late May 2018

Estimated End Date: 6 weeks later

Estimated Days/Hours: 6 weeks minimum

Number of Students Requested: 4-6

How to Apply: Email Peter Moyer at to set up an interview. Please include a copy of your resume in the email.

Application Deadline: ASAP – Interviews will be conducted in early February

Supervisor Name: Peter Moyer MD and Kea van der Ziel

Supervisor Email Address:

Supervisor Phone Number: Peter 617-592-3313; Kea 617-935-2940

Notes/Comments: The final project is not solid, but will be worked out with the Boston team and the Nicaraguan health officials in the spring. Speaking with past participants might be a help to applicant

Presentations and lunch from Former Global Health Pulitzer Student Fellows – March 15th

March 1st, 2017 in Funding, GH Announcements, GH Events, Practicums/Internships

Boston University and Pulitzer Center

Lunch and Presentation from Former Student Fellows
March 15th at 12:30pm
BU College of Communication Room 209


Come hear from the following former student fellows who will be presenting on their work from their fellowships:

Kateri Donahoe
Cutting Ties: Mali’s Struggle Between Tradition and Women’s Health

Rebecca Sananes
Cuba's Headstart on Finding a Cure for AIDS

Kate Petcosky-Kulkarni
Access and Understanding: Exploring the Challenges of Disability in India

Nikita Sampath 
Land Under Water: Living With the Effects of Climate Change in Bangladesh

Applications now open to apply to the 2017 Summer Student Fellowship!
(can be used as a practicum) 


Summer 2017

Since 2011, twenty Boston University students have participated in fully funded international reporting trips as part of the Program on Global Health Storytelling (formerly the Program on Crisis Response and Reporting). The Program on Global Health Storytelling is a collaboration among COM, SPH, the Center for Global Health and Development, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

COM and SPH students have traveled to Kenya, Cuba, Mali, Nepal, Zanzibar, Malawi, Myanmar, Haiti, Turkey, and Uganda reporting a wide range of public health and development issues including child brides, human trafficking, cholera, female genital cutting, migration, refugees, cash transfers, and the aftermath of earthquakes in Haiti and Nepal.

If you would like to be the next Pulitzer Fellow, applications are now open at

Application Deadline: March 20th 2017

Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition Communications Intern

July 21st, 2016 in Practicums/Internships

Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition Communications Intern

Front Office, Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development
Location: Washington, DC/Arlington, VA | October 2016 - January 2017: Compensated 12 week Internship | INT-P5-050
The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP-II) is a five year cooperative agreement implemented and managed by the Public Health Institute in partnership with Global Health Corps, GlobeMed, Management Systems International and PYXERA Global. GHFP-II is supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

GHFP-II's goal is to improve the effectiveness of USAID health programs by addressing the Agency's immediate and emerging human capacity needs. The program seeks to accomplish this goal first through the recruitment, placement and support of diverse health professionals at the junior, mid and senior levels. These program participants include fellows, interns, corporate volunteers and Foreign Service National professionals. The program then provides substantial performance management and career development support to participants, including annual working planning assistance, and ensures that professional development opportunities are available.

Looking to the future, GHFP-II also seeks to establish a pool of highly-qualified global health professionals that will ensure the Agency's ongoing technical leadership and effectiveness. This objective is supported by an extensive outreach program that brings global health opportunities and specialized career advice to a diverse range of interested individuals, with a particular focus on those underrepresented in the field of global health.


In 2014, USAID released a report outlining how it will work with partners to save 15 million children and 600,000 women by 2020. This is one exciting step toward the agency priority of ending preventable child and maternal deaths within a generation.

The recently formed Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) will be taking forward this goal. The MCHN team works to identify, scale up, and track the most effective interventions to save the lives of women and children around the world. These interventions are effective and affordable such as stopping post-partum bleeding, cleaning newly cut umbilical cords, immunizing against disease, hand-washing with soap, and treating diarrhea. This work is focused on 25 priority countries that account for two thirds of maternal and child deaths and half the global unmet need for family planning globally. Learn more about USAID's work in MCH , nutrition, and work to end preventable child and maternal deaths.


The MCHN Communications Intern (Intern) is a full time position that will support the Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition. The MCHN Office is divided into teams that focus on maternal and newborn health, child health and immunization, nutrition and water, sanitation, and hygiene, and research and community health. The MCHN Office works closely with the Office of Population and Reproductive Health, as well as behavior change and research and innovation teams.

The Intern will primarily support the Communications and Advocacy Advisor, who is responsible for all communications for the MCHN Office. S/he will have the opportunity to learn about USAID's work from leading technical experts as well as develop a strong understanding of communications and how to promote the work the agency is doing. Communications is a fast paced and dynamic environment with new outreach opportunities and ideas to pursue arising every day. The Intern will also be a member of the Bureau for Global Health Communications Team. S/he will receive day to day guidance from the Communications Advisor as his/her onsite manager.


• Gaining experience in the field of strategic communications and principles used to implement in a US Government setting.
• Gaining a greater understanding of USAID's communication strategy on the work to end preventable child and maternal deaths.
• Gaining a greater understanding of the global maternal and child health and nutrition communities, and their role in the globally endorsed Sustainable Development Goals.
• Deepening skills in collaboration and coordination within a complex organizational and implementation structure.


• Assisting with the management of social media presence for USAID's work on maternal and child health and nutrition.
• Assisting with the development of materials, including fact sheets, web pages, and graphics, for an external audience describing USAID's efforts to end preventable child and maternal deaths.
• Using existing raw materials to develop a library of success stories on USAID beneficiaries around the world.
• Drafting op-eds, success stories, blogs, press releases, presentations, and fact sheets to expand the library of existing written content.
• Supporting USAID's outreach around key advocacy days, including World Pneumonia Day, World Prematurity Day, Global Handwashing day, and more, by drafting e-cards, developing social media, participating in planning calls with implementing partners, developing blogs, and updating relevant web pages.
• Working with the Communications Advisor, USAID field offices, and implementing partners to develop a story for the Frontlines publication.
• Working with agency channels, including Impact Blog and Frontlines, to publish written content.
• Assisting with maintenance of photographic resources and story bank.
• Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on organizational and programming need and/or the Intern's own interests.


• Currently enrolled senior in a bachelor's degree program in public health, public policy, international development, journalism, or other related field; or, completion of such a program within the past 24 months.
• Demonstrated experience developing various web/print/social media materials.
• Demonstrated experience using Adobe Creative Suite with an emphasis on Photoshop and InDesign, preferred.
• Strong writing and analytic skills.
• Strong interest in strategic communications, public affairs or policy, and aspects of maternal and child health and nutrition.
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently.
• US citizenship or US permanent residency required.


$16.15 per hour (non-exempt, hourly wage position).


Detailed information, including an online application and instructions, is available on our website at All online applications must be submitted by August 3, 2016 by 5:00 pm Eastern time.

We are proud to be an EEO/AA Employer.

Internship for GH students interested in Epi and Biostats

July 14th, 2016 in Practicums/Internships

Partners In Health and the Government of Rwanda implemented a verbal autopsy study on causes of and factors associated with under-5 mortality in two rural districts as part of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Population Health Implementation and Training (PHIT) partnership. A matched case-control design was used, and data were collected on presenting symptoms, social/demographic factors, and access to care. Opportunities for authorship may be considered depending on experience. The partnership is seeking a part-time analyst to conduct the case-control analysis.

The ideal candidate would have at least one year of experience working with a statistical package (e.g. SAS/STATA/R) and have taken courses in multivariate regression modeling (ideally familiar with generalized linear models and conditional logistic regression). Experience with preparing analyses for research abstracts or papers is a plus.

Interested parties can contact Dr. Neil Gupta ( and Dr. Lisa Hirschhorn ( for more information.

Apply to be a CUGH Campus Representative for BU! Applications due July 20th.

July 14th, 2016 in GH Announcements

In an effort to engage and mobilize the voices of local student groups involved in global health, the Trainee Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) is announcing a call for nominations of one Campus Representative from each CUGH member institution. With the goal of eliciting input from the broader trainee community, TAC is seeking Campus Representatives that will act as the liaison between TAC and the global health student body at their university. This Representative will be pivotal in reaching out to groups active in global health at their institution in order to build a larger network of trainees for collaboration. The following describes the role of the Campus Representative:

Obligations of a Campus Representative:
1. Be a liaison between your on-campus global health trainee activities and CUGH TAC.
2. Share CUGH TAC information and projects with students interested in global health.
3. Gather local students’ feedback about the roles of CUGH and TAC in global health and any modifications that may be warranted.
4. Provide ideas for solutions to various global health issues and student specific problems.
5. Represent the voice of global health students from your member institution.
6. Create and maintain a list of contacts of students and/or student groups interested in global health to facilitate information dissemination.
7. Work on advocacy projects in collaboration with the CUGH TAC.

Benefits of a campus representative:
1. Be the face of one of the biggest global health organizations to your campus.
2. Possible involvement in organizing Global Health topic webinar series, either content-related or promotional activities.
3. Network with students and professionals in global health on your campus and beyond.
4. Access to the CUGH Young Speaker Bureau.
5. If your institution is not a CUGH member, each Campus Representative can join CUGH as an individual member with the membership fee waived during the service term.


If you are interested in representing Boston University in this capacity, please submit your application as follows. We will nominate one student from the BU Medical Campus who clearly represents the values of BU and CUGH. Decisions will be made by July 25.


CUGH Campus Representative Nomination Application

Tell us why you should be the Boston University campus nominee! Please complete this form by 5:00pm, Wednesday, July 20 to be considered.

  • Max. file size: 100 MB.
    Please upload your most up-to-date resume, which should include any past or current campus leadership roles.
  • Max. file size: 100 MB.
    Please upload a brief cover letter detailing your qualifications and interest in the role of Campus Representative.

Int’l Summit in Human Genetics and Genomics, Sept 1-30, 2016

June 16th, 2016 in Conferences/Seminars

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The U.S. National Institutes of Health announce an International Summit in Human Genetics and Genomics to be held on 1-30 September 2016 at the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The goal of the Summit is to help low- and middle-income countries build knowledge, infrastructure and systems to facilitate genetics and genomics in research and medicine.

Click here for the flyer describing the Summit for your review and distribution. We are seeking to recruit deserving candidates from low- and middle-income countries who are seeking to apply a better knowledge of research and medicine in genetics and genomics to their respective disciplines.

Applications are being currently accepted, and more information can be found on the National Human Genome Research Institute website.

The Summit is a unique opportunity that has been made possible by the generous support of NIH and other sponsors. Please help us by also sharing this information with your colleagues.

With best wishes,
The Global Programs team

GH707 is taking over Instagram!

June 9th, 2016 in Practicums/Internships

Are you following the Tanzania field practicum on Instagram (@BUSPH) this week? Here's a primer on the work they're doing. Keep up with GH's own Jen Beard and the 19 students completing their practicum in Pommern...make sure to give their photos a double-tap


In Pommern, Tanzania, students Theresa Cheng (left), Kimberly Hassel, and Dave Carroll-Kenney read over their survey before visiting households in the community. Photo by Chenzhe Cao (’16).


In the Classroom: Avoiding ‘Barbie Savior’


Department of Global Health: Now Hiring Part-time Administrative Assistant

May 12th, 2016 in Jobs

The Department of Global Health is now hiring a part-time Administrative Assistant. This is a great opportunity for students to join a vibrant team and get further involved with the Department. The responsibilities of the position include event support, financial tracking and reconciliation, basic technology support, and general office and administrative management.


  • Excellent interpersonal skills and willingness to interface with other departments, individuals, and vendors.
  • Ability to problem solve and respond quickly to requests
  • Proficiency in time-management and multi-tasking
  • Ability to assist in event management, including booking rooms, setting up, providing audio-visual assistance as needed, food and drink ordering, and breaking down
  • Discretion in handling confidential information
  • Attentive to detail, particularly in financial projects


This position is part-time through the summer. The ideal candidate would be able to work full days (8:30am - 5pm) on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and some Fridays, as needed. An immediate start date is preferred.
There may be an opportunity to obtain hours through the fall semester as well.

Email cover letter and CV to Emily Rogers,

Professor Chris Gill awarded Metcalf Cup and Prize

May 11th, 2016 in GH Announcements


A physician specializing in infectious diseases, Christopher Gill calls himself “a clinician first,” but students are currently among the beneficiaries of his work on global public health problems. An associate professor of global health at the School of Public Health and a research scientist at BU’s Center for Global Health & Development, Gill treats his students more as colleagues, demanding a high level of dedication and professionalism, even as he engages them with his wit and wide-ranging war stories.

Read the full story here...


Summer Internship available with MSH’s Pharmaceuticals and Health Technologies Group

May 9th, 2016 in Practicums/Internships

This is a very high profile activity in global pharmaceutical management, and would be a great addition to any student's resume!

  • Refine and add detail to Performance Indicator Reference Sheets (PIRS) based on selected indicators to measure pharmaceutical systems strengthening
  • Identify and list existing tools that collect each indicator, and identify other sources of information for data collection
  • Collect available data on each indicator for each EPCMD/SIAPS country included in the pilot
  • Deliverable - PIRS and pre-filled assessment instruments for pilot testing and validation

Click for more information and application details.