Student Spotlight

Read what current and former students have to say about the Global Health minor at Miami University.

Emilio Bloch

(Class of 2020)

photo of Emilio Bloch"Make sure that you are into things for the right reasons. You don't want to go into public health or global health studies because you see people who are born into distress simply as poor victims that can't help themselves. Public health is more about compassion and empathizing with the people you are trying to serve, so make sure you have that sense of humility. You're not in it for your own ego, and you're not looking for praise all the time!"

Read what Emilio had to say about his majors, minors, and service trip to The Gambia.

Rachel Serafin

(Class of 2018)

photo of Rachel Serafin"My global health minor has been just as important to who I am as my biochemistry major. Together these fields give me a slightly different perspective than what a biology major would have. They add a more cultural context on the things that I care about and give me a much more meaningful and applicable purpose. For example, in global health there are three 1-credit hour seminars on different subjects. I've taken nutrition, theater, and child and maternity health, and they all have very real-world applications, often culminating with an online research project that is presented at a conference."

Read what Rachel had to say about her service activities and study abroad experiences.

Jill Elfers

(Class of 2016)

photo of Jill Elfers"For me, Crossroad Health Center was really my best example of doing an internship that was real work. It was about helping people in the community. It wasn't abstract, it wasn't theoretical — it was real world, practical, 'here's this problem and we're going to try to fix it.' It truly helped me grow as a person."

Read what Jill had to say about her Over-the-Rhine internship and Winter Term trip to Oman.

Domenica Blasucci

(Class of 2016)

photo of Domenica Blasucci"Miami has given me a lot of background knowledge on how I want to live my life. When it comes to nutrition, no matter what I do, I know that I need to be healthy and the best person that I can be before I go out and do things in the world. It's bringing me to understand what health means for me, and I've been figuring out how to apply that in the greater world so that everybody else can be their best."

Read what Domenica had to say about her volunteer and internship trips to Tanzania.

Mark Loh

(Class of 2015)

photo of Mark Loh"I have tailored my curriculum to develop skills that I will need for the work I want to do in the future. Biochemistry helps to build the strong science foundation required for medical school; however, I was able to expand my knowledge and skill set due to Miami's liberal arts education. Without it, I would have never found my love for Spanish and global health. They are just really cool subjects for me to learn."

Read what Mark had to say about his study abroad trips to Nicaragua.

Briana Deer

(Class of 2016)

photo of Briana Deer"During my sophomore year, I became aware of the Global Health Studies minor…The [introductory] course was structured so that we had different professors from different departments all come in to teach the interdisciplinary aspects of global health."

Read what Briana had to say about her work in Uganda and Kenya.

Matthew Meeks

(Class of 2015)

photo of Matthew Meeks"I would actually love to get my Master's in public health administration…I fell in love with the idea of providing healthcare to places that may not have the access that we have here."

Read what Matthew had to say about his study abroad experiences and the GHS minor.