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February 12, 2020

Student Spotlight: Rachel Williamson

Rachel Williamson (NHS ’20) is an undergraduate student in the School of Nursing & Health Studies studying global health.

Tell us why are you interested in global health? 

From as early as I can remember, I was interested in the health field. I was originally interested in practicing medicine, however, after discovering the field of public health, I have been continuously drawn to the larger-scale impacts that are possible with health promotion initiatives and development for health. I am interested in health because apart from being a universal right, it is the essential building block of a healthy, happy and productive life. I am happiest when in service to others and look forward to channeling that into a career in the health field.

What are some global health events you have participated in on campus/in D.C.? 

This semester I am interning at the World Bank, in the Southeast Asia and Pacific Region. We are working on new, five-year health system strengthening program that targets NCD prevention and management in Samoa. I am responsible for developing the questionnaire that will be used to monitor and evaluate the impact of the program on knowledge and awareness of NCD risk factors and behavior change. Additionally, I will be working on the preparation of health promotion campaigns and creation of promotional materials for the project. I am also an intern at the Global Digital Health Network that brings together global health professionals from across the global to collaborate and share digital health solutions and innovations.

What activities are you involved with on campus? 

My most meaningful involvement on campus occurred during my Sophomore and Junior years at Georgetown was when I was a member of Advisory Board for Student Organizations at the Center of Social Justice. Here I was responsible for strategic decision-making, the allocation of university funds to 40 student-run organizations dedicated to social justice work. As a vice-chair, I oversaw the process of New Club Development, working in a consultant fashion, giving support and guidance to student run organizations trying to address key social justice issues in the greater D.C. community. As a senior who just returned from a semester abroad, my activities on campus are limited, but I remain involved in Alpha Phi Omega, the co-ed service fraternity. 

What is your favorite part about being at Georgetown?

My favorite part of being at Georgetown is the access to professors that are top professionals in their field of work and/or study. The real-world experience they bring to the classroom is unparalleled and provides an additional element to our studies that cannot be found in a textbook.

Tell us about your educational and professional aspirations.

While I have always considered a career in medicine, I am still determining whether or not medical school is for me. I am, however, looking forward to a career in Global Health, whatever and wherever that may be. Ideally, I will find a career in which I am able to explore my interest in health system strengthening and improving accesses to quality and equitable care for all persons, specifically focused on maternal and child health.