This year, through the student opportunity fund, I was given the opportunity to attend the Unite for Sight Global Health and Innovation Conference at Yale University. As a fourth year student who will be graduating in the spring and pursuing a masters in global health, this conference was an invaluable experience. This experience opened my eyes to many different career possibilities in global health. Hearing other peoples’ experiences in their journeys has helped me confirm my desire for global health issues and has reassured me that that is what I wish to pursue for a future career
. Through the presentations from Ministers of Health, practitioners from the USA and other countries, PhD candidates, and professionals working in not-for-profit organizations I was able to see how my undergraduate knowledge in health sciences is being applied in a variety of professional settings. Furthermore as a health science student I have taken numerous courses but none that have focused specifically on global health. It was interesting to see how certain concepts that we learned in class carried over to global health practices. I specifically remember one of the presenters talking about balance sheets and financial struggles in healthcare, which I could relate to what I learned in my costs and challenges course. Furthermore, in my health innovations class we talked about a lot of interesting innovations that are emerging in countries all over the world. I sat in on a competition where students and professionals presented new innovations and attempted to get funding to grow their business or initiative. It was great to see students like ourselves participate and pitch ideas to a panel of judges.
This conference with its focus specifically on global health and innovation was unique in the sense that this is not a perspective touched upon in a lot of health studies classes. Learning about these topics through a conference was a much more interactive way to learn about the topic and allowed me to interact with professionals who are knowledgeable in the field. I would like to thank the Health Studies Students Association for both organizing this trip, and providing me with the chance to learn new perspectives and the opportunity to see the potential my health sciences degree has in impacting the lives of people on a global perspective.