Grads in the Spotlight Three outstanding 2019 Duke University graduates share their global health journey.

From an undergraduate researcher who studied the effects of a major hurricane on migrant workers in North Carolina to a doctoral student creating an mHealth app to help address cardiovascular disease in China, these global health students reflect the vast diversity of experiences and passions that help define the Duke Global Health Institute.

Emily Nagler, undergraduate global health and public policy major

From involvement with dance groups, K-ville tenting and sexual health advocacy on campus to research in rural North Carolina and an internship in Ecuador, senior Emily Nagler is locally grounded and globally engaged.

I’m most interested in the intersection of feminism and gender equity with health problems and policy.

Photo: Outside a reproductive health clinic in Quito, Ecuador, Emily Nagler helps set up a table of youth-friendly resources about safe sex and contraceptive options.

Assumpta Nantume, Master of Science in Global Health

Assumpta Nantume envisioned a career as a clinical pharmacist, but during her second year of college, a field research experience in a rural village a few hours away from her home in Uganda nudged her in a different direction: global health research.

It just doesn’t make sense that outcomes are so poor in so many communities, when birth is a natural process ... I’d like to play a role in developing the solutions our communities need.

Photo: Assumpta Nantume

Zhao Ni, PhD in nursing with a global health doctoral certificate

Zhao Ni is coming up with creative ways to use mobile technology to help patients with coronary heart disease in China improve their medication adherence. This summer, he’ll begin a post-doctoral position at the Yale University School of Medicine.

I’m a good fit to help combine the strengths of two medical cultures [Chinese and American] together to promote health.

Photo: Zhao Ni (center) and his mentor, assistant professor of nursing Ryan Shaw (left), talk with nurses at the West China Hospital cardiology department in 2017.

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