10-Year Anniversary of Global Health Studies

Two women cooking with text: Celebrating a Decade of Global Health Studies May 8, 2015

Celebrating a Decade of Global Health Studies

In celebration of a decade of the Program in Global Health Studies here at Northwestern University, we organized a day of events on May 8th, 2015 with an alumni panel and alumni coffee chats for students, and a reception at the new Segal Visitors Center for the Northwestern global health community.

10:00 - 11:30 am: Global Health Alumni Coffee Chats
11:00 - 03:00 pm: Student Activities
12:30 - 02:00 pm: Global Health Alumni Career Panel
02:30 - 04:00 pm: Global Health Alumni Coffee Chats
04:00 - 05:00 pm: Global Healthcare Technologies Info Session
05:30 - 07:30 pm: 10-Year Anniversary Reception: Celebrating a Decade of Global Health Studies

To me, #NUGlobalHealth means...

We collected testimonials from the Northwestern global health community that were featured on social media and were on display during our 10-Year Anniversary Reception. Check out the many inspiring stories we received!

Global Health Studies Alumni Career Panel

We welcomed back Global Health Studies alumni to speak on a panel about their careers since graduating from Northwestern. Check out these pictures from the event!


  • Amee Amin (WCAS ’14 – Cultural Anthropology/Global Health Studies)
  • Hannah Badal (WCAS '10 – Political Science / Global Health Studies)
  • Hira T. Khan (WCAS '11  Psychology / Global Health Studies / Cross-Genre Creative Writing)
  • Emery Alden Mathieson (WCAS ’11 – Political Science / Legal Studies / Global Health Studies / Chinese)
  • Moderated by Global Health Studies Co-Director Professor William Leonard

Amee Amin (WCAS ’14 – Cultural Anthropology/Global Health Studies)
Amee Amin is the Executive Director of Article 25, a people's movement for the right to health of more than 15,000 activists across 65 countries. Amee is also a Visiting Research Fellow in the Dept. of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and she has a REAL Change Organizing and Advocacy Fellowship with the RESULTS Educational Fund. Previously Amee worked at the GlobeMed National Office as a student. She earned her BA in Cultural Anthropology and Global Health at Northwestern University in 2014. @amee_aa, @article_25, www.join25.org  

Highlights from Amee's background include: grassroots organizing, political campaigns, lobbying, digital and legal advocacy, new media, data analytics, NGO; currently living in Boston.

Hannah Badal (WCAS '10 – Political Science/Global Health Studies)
Hannah Badal is a fellow on the Research and Evaluation Team in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prior to coming to the CDC, Hannah worked in HIV surveillance, cancer treatment and prevention, women's health, and health education for adolescents. Hannah earned her MPH from Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, with a certificate in Socio-contextual Determinants of Health. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). While at Northwestern, she was in Sexual Health and Assault Peer Educators (SHAPE), Peer Health Exchange, CaribNation and studied abroad in Mexico City. She loves running, food, music festivals, and the San Francisco Giants.

Highlights from Hannah's background include: socio-contextual determinants of health, qualitative research, program evaluation, health education/communication, community outreach, government, CHES certified, MPH from Emory University; currently living in Atlanta, GA.

Hira T. Khan (WCAS '11  Psychology/Global Health Studies/Cross-Genre Creative Writing)
After Northwestern, Hira took her passion for global health and social justice to the University of Illinois at Chicago for a Masters of Public Health. Hira completed her practicum at a support group for young men at risk for or living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya. At UIC, Hira also participated on a project in Haiti to promote engagement in disaster risk reduction. It was in a graduate assistantship at the UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy that Hira became involved in health communications, providing support for a tobacco research project by managing the group’s website and presence on social media. Currently, Hira is a social science analyst with the Department of Veterans Affairs at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. She divides her time between research and communications, working to improve healthcare for Veterans with complex chronic illnesses and coordinating online seminars and publications for VA researchers. www.linkedin.com/in/hiraTkhan

Highlights from Hira’s background include: MPH from University of Illinois at Chicago, global health experience in Kenya and Haiti, health communications, social media and web content creation, technical writing, health services research, qualitative data analysis, NVivo software, currently living in the Chicagoland area.

Emery Alden Mathieson (WCAS ’11 – Political Science/Legal Studies/Global Health Studies/Chinese)
Coming into Northwestern, Alden was interested in the intersection of business, medicine, technology, and politics. He felt the Global Health Studies program presented a great opportunity to blend these interests together and found his coursework fostered a passion for improving the health of others. Following his graduation, Alden began a Masters of Public Health at Emory University, while simultaneously working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Global Disease Detection and Emergency Response branch.  He now lives in Washington, DC working at a healthcare startup named Evolent Health in the analytics department.  At Evolent, Alden leads the use of geospatial analysis to design and optimize entire hospital systems, all with the focus of improving patient outcomes. Blending his public health knowledge with sophisticated analytics, he works to implement population health initiatives and identify new ways to improve care, lower costs, and boost efficiency. https://www.linkedin.com/in/emerymathieson

Highlights from Alden's background include: data analysis, ESRI ArcGIS, geospatial, SAS and R statistical programming, public health, start-ups, MPH from Emory, hospital systems, social determinants of health; currently living near DC.

Student Activities

Led by Northwestern University Community Health Corps (NUCHC), various health student groups organized activities connecting global health to Northwestern health by peer educating students about five areas of college health: Mental health, sexual health, disease prevention, substance abuse, and nutrition and exercise. IPD public health ambassadors were around to tell interested students about the various IPD public health study abroad opportunities.

10-Year Anniversary Reception: Celebrating a Decade of Global Health Studies

Faculty, students, staff, and alumni celebrated a decade of the Program in Global Health Studies at Northwestern University at the new Segal Visitors Center on the Evanston campus between 5:30-7:30pm on Friday, May 8th. This event was open to the entire Northwestern community. Check out these pictures from the event!