38 Students Receive Degrees from UCSF Global Health Sciences

By Paula Murphy, UCSF News

The UCSF Global Health Sciences program recently celebrated its fifth Masters of Science graduating class of 38 students in a ceremony that also was a sendoff for the degree program’s founder.

< p>John Ziegler, MD, MSc, who launched the masters program in 2008 and has been its director ever since, is retiring after a 32-year career at UCSF. Two awards were established in his honor and given during the Aug. 2 ceremony: the John L. Ziegler Outstanding Capstone Award and the John L. Ziegler Outstanding Mentor Award.

The student award went to Nicole Santos, PhD, MS, based on the quality of her writing, scientific rigor and methodology, clarity of results and discussion, long-term contribution to the field, as well as her ability to work well with a mentor and capstone team. Her paper was on how to detect congenital Chagas Disease among Bolivian Newborns.

The mentor award was given to Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH, a professor of medicine in the Divisions of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Diseases at UCSF, and the director of the AIDS Consult Service at San Francisco General Hospital. Gandhi has co-led the course on Communicable Diseases in the masters program for the last five years.

Also during the ceremony the winners of the Masters Fieldwork Photo Contest were announced. Katie Fox received first prize for a series of photos that depicted a young girl with cerebral malaria in rural Malawi receiving a new wheelchair. Fox’s fieldwork project was titled “Confronting Gender, Violence, and HIV: Perspectives and Perceptions of Front-Line Health Workers in Malawi.”

Second prize went to Sarah Ghattas, who took photos of women from the Egyptian village of Deir El Barsha. The winning photos are available here.


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