11 episodes

Health--a central factor of every human life across the world. Yet, much of the discussion
around important health issues remains limited to specialized professionals. To break down
these boundaries, the “What is Global Health” podcast creates meaningful and shareable
interviews between influential global health professionals and students. We cover relevant,
current issues in public health, including health policy, environmental health, and epidemiology.
Ran entirely by student interviewers, our podcast also offers a creative, fresh approach to
intersectional topics, such as mental health or patient narratives, under the umbrella theme of
public health.

The podcast works to spread accessibility of public & global health beyond the academic and professional world. Through conversational dialogue, we hope to increase public awareness of public & global health issues as well as inspire new interest in the field. The “What is Global Health” podcast is produced by the Journal of Global Health, the most widely-distributed student public health journal in the country.

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Health--a central factor of every human life across the world. Yet, much of the discussion
around important health issues remains limited to specialized professionals. To break down
these boundaries, the “What is Global Health” podcast creates meaningful and shareable
interviews between influential global health professionals and students. We cover relevant,
current issues in public health, including health policy, environmental health, and epidemiology.
Ran entirely by student interviewers, our podcast also offers a creative, fresh approach to
intersectional topics, such as mental health or patient narratives, under the umbrella theme of
public health.

The podcast works to spread accessibility of public & global health beyond the academic and professional world. Through conversational dialogue, we hope to increase public awareness of public & global health issues as well as inspire new interest in the field. The “What is Global Health” podcast is produced by the Journal of Global Health, the most widely-distributed student public health journal in the country.

    Menstrual Health and Hygiene as a Public Health Issue | Dr. Marni Sommer

    Menstrual Health and Hygiene as a Public Health Issue | Dr. Marni Sommer

    In this episode of “What is Global Health,” Phalaen Chang (CC ’23) spoke with Dr. Marni Sommer on the importance of menstrual health and education and discussed some solutions moving forward.
    Dr. Marni Sommer: Dr. Marni Sommer has worked in global health and development on issues ranging from improving access to essential medicines to humanitarian relief in conflict settings. Her particular areas of expertise include conducting participatory research with adolescents, understanding and promoting healthy transitions to adulthood, the intersection of public health and education, gender and sexual health, and the implementation and evaluation of adolescent-focused interventions. Her doctoral research explored girls’ experiences of menstruation, puberty and schooling in Tanzania, and the ways in which the onset of puberty might be disrupting girls’ academic performance and healthy transition to adulthood. Dr. Sommer also presently leads the Gender, Adolescent Transitions and Environment (GATE) Program, which explores the intersections of gender, health, education and the environment for girls and boys transitioning into adulthood in low-income countries and in the United States. GATE also generates research and practical resources focused on improving the integration of menstrual hygiene management and gender supportive sanitation solutions into global humanitarian response.

    • 32 min
    Mass Incarceration and Public Health | Dr. Robert Fullilove

    Mass Incarceration and Public Health | Dr. Robert Fullilove

    In this episode of What is Global Health?, Rachel Chang and Miriam Cepeda speak with Dr. Robert Fullilove on America's mass incarceration. Dr. Fullilove explains how putting generations of black people behind bars is not only a persisting legacy of

    • 31 min
    Screening, Treatment, and Recovery for Cancer Patients During the Pandemic | Dr. Dan Raz

    Screening, Treatment, and Recovery for Cancer Patients During the Pandemic | Dr. Dan Raz

    In this episode of What is Global Health?, Phalaen Chang (CC ‘23) speaks with Dr. Dan Raz on cancer screening, treatments, and recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Dan Raz is co-director of the Lung Cancer and Thoracic Oncology Program, Associate Clinical Professor at the Division of Thoracic Surgery, and a thoracic surgeon at City of Hope in Duarte, CA. His research focuses on identifying new therapies to combat therapy resistance in lung cancer, targeting specific epigenetic changes to improve platinum sensitivity in lung cancer, and studying barriers to lung cancer screening.

    How COVID-19 Is Affecting Medical Education In The United States

    How COVID-19 Is Affecting Medical Education In The United States

    In this episode, originally featured in The Lonely Campus, Columbia University’s The Journal of Global Health podcaster Areej Qadeer interviews current medical students at the Yale School of Medicine and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center to explore how medical education and training is evolving in the face of COVID-19. Sofia, a third-year medical student at Yale widely known as @thisgirlnamedsofia on Instagram, reflects on her experience completing clinical rotations during the pandemic while Sidrah Shah (third-year medical student at UT Southwestern) and Hanya Qureshi (first-year medical student at Yale) share how they are adjusting to remote medical education.

    • 44 min
    Novel Residency Training—The New Global Health Initiative with Dr. Stanberry

    Novel Residency Training—The New Global Health Initiative with Dr. Stanberry

    Dr. Stanberry is the Reuben S. Carpentier Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Pediatrician-in-Chief of New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Our interview is focused on the establishment of a global health initiative in the department of pediatrics at Columbia University’s Medical School. Along with providing an enhanced educational experience, this program gives pediatric residents an opportunity to undertake a global experience that can be very valuable and influential to their future careers.

    • 16 min
    Podcasting Pollution: Religious & Cultural Perspectives of the Ganges

    Podcasting Pollution: Religious & Cultural Perspectives of the Ganges

    Who: Interviews with Dr. Rachel McDermott (Barnard College); Dr. Thomas Yarnall (Columbia University); Dr. Upmanu Lall (Columbia Water Center); and Anthony Acciavatti (Columbia GSAPP) Why: Produced and published for WiGH? Challenges of Sustainable

    • 35 min

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