| by Kristine Su

Portrait of Caroline Arthaud

Caroline Arthaud grew increasingly interested in creating a larger impact on health beyond nutrition and began studying global health. She appreciated that Middlebury emphasizes global health’s interdisciplinary nature,  engendering  Caroline to draw connections in her coursework as a psychology major with minors in global health and anthropology. “It is an enlightening experience to come to this on your own,” she explained, “Various applications [from different disciplines] are really big in global health.”

Caroline’s professional experience integrated both her passions in nutrition and global health. She interned at Save the Children International in London, U.K. under the Health and Nutrition Global Theme and in Washington, D.C. as a USDA Knowledge Management Intern. Caroline was inspired by her time there. She assisted with briefs, participated in meetings, and communicated with colleagus in multiple countries, exposing her to the policy work of nutrition and global health.

Additionally, she learned about the role of research in global health. Caroline’s research contributed to Sustainable Health Enterprises’ initiative to achieve opportunity equality for women in Rwanda through feminine hygiene products. As an intern with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine through the Global Health Mentorship, Caroline conducted research to create literature reviews and presentations.

She was motivated to join the Student Advisory Committee to make Middlebury’s global health program more academically and experientially extensive. “After my internships, I saw how much breadth there was in global health,” she reflected. Some of her ideas include having a monthly meeting to share experiences and creating a mentorship between minors. Although she is not able to implement her ideas due to the nation’s health crisis, the pandemic has made her appreciate her career path even more. She realized just how critical interdisciplinary approaches are to respond to this crisis.

In the fall, Caroline will be pursuing a dual masters in public health (MPH) and nutrition science (MS) at Tufts University. Her advice to those who are interested in learning more about the field is to talk to professors about your interests, try to meet other global health minors, and participate in student organizations. She also recommends being open-minded to engaging in opportunities that may not seem health-related on the surface because more connections can be made than often presumed.

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This article was featured in the Spring 2020 Global Health Newsletter.

  • Quan Pham ‘12

    | by Kristine Su

    Quan Pham currently works at Kaiser Permanente as a Senior Consultant; his primary responsibilities are the development and execution of a new medical facility. He manages details, like the artwork and locations of sharps bins, to the overall objectives, such as patient flow and operational efficiency.