By Joseph S Anzalone

Tanzania Report

March 17th, 2017 in Fellowships

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Positively Beautiful – Film Screening w/the Director, a SPH alumna!

March 1st, 2017 in GH Events


March 21st 
L-210 Instructional Building, 72 E. Concord St. Boston


On March 16th The Department of Global Health is hosting the screening of Positively Beautiful a documentary film about life and love in the age of HIV, in South Africa. The film chronicles how five lives are transformed from ordinary citizens into extraordinary activists. A talk with the film's Director, Diveena Cooppan, an SPH MPH alumna, will follow the screening.

The film has been showing at many film festivals around the globe. In March of 2015, the United Nations Association of Greater Boston (UNA-GB) showed the film as part of honoring Women’s Health Day.

Mexico Field Program – Info Sessions – Nov 1 @ 5pm & Nov 29 @ 1pm

October 25th, 2016 in Practicums/Internships

¿Está buscando una pasantía en Latinoamérica? ¿Le gustaría desarrollar habilidades valiosas en el área de salud pública?

El departamento de Salud Global estará aceptando solicitudes para el programa de intercambio con el Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública (INSP) en Cuernavaca, México para el verano de 2017. Esta pasantía es una gran oportunidad para participar en una intervención en la comunidad y formar parte de un equipo que hace un diagnóstico integral de salud poblacional (DISP) mientras trabaja con alumnos de maestría en el Instituto.

Este programa está diseñado para estudiantes que han completado sus cursos básicos de MPH (bioestadística, epidemiología, y conducta y comportamientos) y tienen un nivel avanzado de español.

Los estudiantes interesados deberán asistir a una de las siguientes sesiones informativas:

El martes 01 de Noviembre a las 5 de la tarde en CT386

El martes 28 de Noviembre a la 1 de la tarde en CT386

Si no puede asistir a ninguna de las sesiones o si tiene preguntas sobre el programa, por favor póngase en contacto con Veronika Wirtz en la dirección electrónica:

Para obtener más información, visite la página “INSP Summer Exchange in México Program” en el GH Blast.


Are you looking for a practicum in Latin America? Would you like to gain valuable public health skills through conducting a community health assessment?

The Department of Global Health will be accepting applications for its Summer Exchange Program at the Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica (INSP) in Cuernavaca, Mexico for the summer of 2017. This practicum is a great opportunity to participate in a community health assessment while working alongside MPH candidates at the institute.

This program is designed for students that have successfully completed their first semester (all core courses of the MPH degree)  and that have an advanced level of Spanish.

Interested students should attend one of the following information sessions:

Tuesday, November 1st at 5pm in CT386

Tuesday, November 28th at 1 pm in CT386

If you are unable to attend one of the sessions or have questions regarding the program, please contact Veronika Wirtz. For more information, please visit the “INSP Summer Exchange in Mexico Program” page on the GH Blast

Help on IPV study

June 1st, 2016 in Practicums/Internships

GH Faculty, Dr. Lisa Messersmith and Dr. Nafisa Halim are seeking interested students to help with a research study to investigate the effect of a intimate partner violence (IPV) prevention program in Tanzania.   In the Fall of last year, they posted a bit about the project on the GRAP program, @

Please contact either of them, if you are interested in helping with this study.    Thank you.



Cost Analysis Opportunity in Haiti with Trades of Hope

January 29th, 2016 in Volunteer

Internship/ volunteer opportunity with Trades of Hope: Helping Women out of Poverty available now:

Skilled person (university degree preferable- accounting/business/math) who can come to Haiti for 6-8 weeks to help do intensive cost analysis on products. Housing may be provided.

Contact Dr. James Wolff if interested.

Summer Field Program in the Philippines – seeking interested students

December 17th, 2015 in Fellowships

Are you interested in participating in or learning about the 2016 Summer Field Program in the Philippines?

Students interested in participating in the 2016 Philippines Program, should review the program site and reach out to Joe Anzalone to learn about this year's program.  Preliminary dates for the program, are May 9 to August 5, 2016.  Those interested in applying should connect with Joe in early January.

(The Mexico Field Program is currently accepting applications.  The Tanzania Field Program, the proposed successor to the long-standing Kenya Field program, will also be seeking applicants in January.)



TA’s wanted for Spring PH511 course

November 30th, 2015 in Jobs

Dr. Susan Foster is seeking Teaching Assistants (TA's) for her spring undergraduate course PH511: Pathogens, Poverty, and Populations: An Introduction to International Health, which meets Fridays 11-2 in CAS326 on the on the Charles River Campus (during Spring semester: January 22- April 29, 2016). Ideal candidates will have two semesters of MPH coursework under them along with international experience.

TAs are hired to assist the Professor in the running of the course. The TA is required to attend classes, to assist with copying and distribution/collection of class materials, provide tutoring help to students, conduct review sessions, and manage the course Blackboard site. The TA may also be an independent grader of writing or project assignments where substantive knowledge must be used in the assessment, or in leading sections of the course independently of the Professor. Depending on responsibilities, TA's compensation ranges between $1,250 to $1,750 per 4-credit course.

Course Description:

PH511: Pathogens, Poverty, and Populations: An Introduction to International Health Course information:

This course will introduce students to issues of public health importance in developing countries. For each disease or public health problem considered, the class will explore its epidemiology, natural history, risk factors and contributing causes, and responses of the public health community at local, national, regional, and international levels. The course includes six sections: Core Concepts, Child Health and Nutrition, Infectious Diseases, Women’s Health and HIV/AIDS, Chronic and Non-communicable Diseases, and Concluding Sessions. PH511 is appropriate for undergraduates and others who are not in an SPH degree program. Students who complete PH511 as undergraduates should not also take IH703.

If you are interested in this opportunity, send a resume, one page statement on your qualifications and motivation for being a TA, plus an unofficial copy of your student transcript to Professor Susie Foster

Adjusting to Life & Boston – Int’l Student Meet Up

November 6th, 2015 in GH Events

Meeting Feedback

Thursday, November 12, 5-6:00 p.m. Instructional Building, L-109

Are you interested in how fellow international students adapted to life in Boston? Would you like to hear how they:

  • Adjusted to Boston culture?
  • Survived Winter?
  • Worked on Campus?
  • Tailored the MPH for their career?

Come meet and share with fellow international students! Seasoned International students Salma Abdalla, Paola Peynetti, Michael Dohlman, Malyse Uwase, and Paul Ashigbie will share tips on life & living in Boston, including fun & free stuff you can do. Food will be provided.


Volunteers needed for Bicknell Lecture, Wed, Oct 21, 9:30-noon

October 16th, 2015 in Fellowships

BU SPH Events Manager is seeking a few students or staff, willing to help out during the upcoming Bicknell Lecture, next Wednesday, as greeters before the event (9:30am - 10am) and as mic runners during the Q&A period, which occurs mid-way through the event (10am-1pm).

If you are interested, please email:  Meg Keating via with your availability.



Student Mixer: Monday, Oct 19, @ 1pm, 670 Albany ST, room 107/108.

October 15th, 2015 in Fellowships

Come to the Global Health BUSM-SPH Student Mixer: Monday, Oct 19, 2015 @ 1pm, 670 Albany ST, in room 107/108.
Join fellow medical and SPH students for the annual BUSM-SPH GH Student Mixer to include a conversation with five Department of Global Health faculty and Food from Anna’s Taqueria! There will also be an announcement about the BU team for the 2016 International Emory Global Health Case Competition!
Monday, October 19, 2015
1:00 - 2:30 pm
670 Albany St, Room 107/108 (down the hallway, adjacent to the auditorium)
THEME for MIXER: Career Pathways in Global Health – A Conversation With Five Global Health Faculty (1 – 20 pm)
Learn about the career paths and entry points of global health faculty– from applied research to improving management of health programs.  Submit questions you’d most like them to answer here!  You can review each faculty's bio below.

Don Thea, MD, MSc Professor, Department of Global Health, BU School of Public Health
Director of Center for Global Health & Development, Center for Global Health & Development

James Wolff, MD, MAT, MPH Associate Professor, Department of Global Health, BU School of Public Health

Lisa J. Messersmith, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Global Health, BU School of Public Health

Rachael Bonawitz, MD Research Associate, Department of Global Health, BU School of Public Health

Jennifer Beard, PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Global Health, BU School of Public Health
Hope to see you there!