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Ligia Paina, '05

Advancing public health worldwide

M.H.S., Ph.D. Student, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Former Health Systems Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development, Washington, D.C.

Albert Schweitzer Fellow, 2007-2009

Undergraduate research on the health care system in my native Romania and an internship at the European Parliament in Brussels convinced me to pursue a career in international public health. After earning my master's degree, I worked alongside seasoned public health and medical professionals at the U.S. Agency for International Development and contributed to the agency's efforts to improve health care in countries worldwide. Now, I am pursuing a doctorate in public health and preparing myself for the next phase in my career, still focused on improving population health wherever the need exists.