Today, May 23, 2017, marks Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Convocation Ceremony, with the school-wide celebration taking place tomorrow. At 3 p.m. today, graduates will take the stage at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, MD, ready to begin their careers in the vast field of public health.

The Health Systems Program is honored to have many graduating students representing the Program in the Department of International Health in today’s ceremony. Thirty-five Health Systems students are officially receiving their degrees: three Master of Health Science (MHS) in Health Economics students, 25 Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) students, and seven PhD students. The Program is delighted and congratulates all of them!

In March, the Program celebrated three students defending their thesis, and recently celebrated two more in May. Yuen Wai Hung, presented her dissertation, Understanding the Mental Health Consequences and Associated Risk Factors among Adult Injury Survivors in Kenya, and Julia Zhang also presented her dissertation, Rehabilitation of Occupational Injuries: Evaluation of a National Return-to-Work Program in Malaysia.

The Program also had the honor of awarding the 2017 Doctoral Research Award to four outstanding students for their international research. Sudip Bhandari received the award for his qualitative research project, which evaluated the national and local context against which the contracting-out model has been implemented in Nepal. Douglas Glandon’s research examined collaboration between frontline workers from the two Indian government ministries that have joint responsibility for delivering essential health and nutrition services to women and children in villages across the country. Jose Gutierrez received the award for his proposed research on a comparative analysis of Guatemala and El Salvador’s post-conflict health reforms, and Ankita Meghani won for her research on understanding the perspectives of policymakers and key stakeholders in Uganda on the integration of non-communicable disease (NCD) care into existing community health worker (CHW) roles.

The Program works in over 50 countries, and encourages students to seek diverse opportunities for learning and training all over the world. The hallmarks of our academic program are a rigorous focus on scientific methods, a multidisciplinary faculty, and training through real-world examples. It is especially rewarding to see students earn their degrees and contribute the discoveries made through their research.

Health Systems students have gone on to work for renowned global organizations such as the World Bank, the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control. We always seek to train our graduates to design efficient systems and implement equitable strategies for delivering health care, especially in the most vulnerable and disadvantaged parts of the world.

We wish all graduating students a successful career in public health, and are looking forward to seeing great achievements made by Heath Systems students around the globe. Visit us for more information on our Program.