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Congratulations, Graduates

This year, fourteen students graduated with a Master of Public Health in the Global Health track, and seven students received the Graduate Certificate in Global Health. The week leading up to Friday's Commencement ceremony involved several events celebrating this year's graduates, including a dinner and two receptions. MPH graduates received their diplomas during the VU Medical School Commencement ceremony on May 10 in Langford Auditorium.

View photos from commencement week activities 

VUSM Graduate Receives Vermund Award for Excellence in Global Health

VUSM graduate Joseph “Joey” Starnes, M.D., M.P.H., was awarded the Sten H. Vermund Award for Excellence in Global Health for this year. The award recognizes the graduating medical student who has most demonstrated a strong commitment to improving the health of the people of or from a low- or middle-income country through distinguished scholarship, education, and/or contributions to the improvement of clinical care. The award was established in 2017, to honor Dr. Sten H. Vermund who was the founding director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health. 

Dr. Starnes matriculated at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) in 2014 after receiving his undergraduate degree (B.A.) in molecular and cellular biology from Vanderbilt University. He received both his MPH and MD degrees from VUSM in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Joey will continue his training at Vanderbilt with a pediatric residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Learn more about Starnes and his work in global health 
Global Health Grand Rounds
Mondays at 11 a.m. 
2525 WEA, 8th Floor
May 20 
Global Health
Informatics Updates

Presenter: Martin Were, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Medicine, VUMC (link)
Events Calendar
Featured Events  
May 16 | 12 -1 p.m.
MCN, A-2200 Conference Room
Infectious Diseases Grand Rounds: "Zip Lines, Gnocchi, and More: Outbreaks and Updates from the Tennessee Department of Public Health"
Presenter: Mary-Margaret Fill, M.D., TN Department of Health, Vanderbilt MPH candidate 
May 17 - 18
Vanderbilt  Divinity School 
National Compassion Conference
Presented by the Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership (RSVP)

May 21 | 12 - 1 p.m.
"Unraveling the Mechanism of Influenza Vaccine-Induced Immunity Through Systems Vaccinology"
Presented by the Human Vaccines Project and VUMC (link
May 31 | 
11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Student Life Center
2019 BRET Annual Career Symposium: Influencing Human Health with Your Ph.D. 
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