Dr. Anne W. Rimoin, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor - Department of Epidemiology - UCLA School of Public Health
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Dr. Anne W. Rimoin

Through a generous gift from the Faucett Catalyst Fund, we have been able to set up the Faucett Fellowship to provide financial assistance to UCLA doctoral students who are interested in gaining practical field epidemiology experience and training in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Our first two Faucett Fellows describe their experience in the program below.

From the Fellows: What the Faucett Fellowship means to my future as a leader in public health

Nicole A. Hoff, M.P.H., Ph.D. Candidate, Faucett Fellow, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Nicole Hoff

The Faucett Fellowship has been a prestigious award which has allowed me to live, study and participate on multiple projects based in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and gain invaluable field experience for an extended period of time. Before starting my Doctoral degree at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, I had limited opportunities for long term international experiences which included hands on work in a collaborative environment. I have now had the opportunity under the Faucett Fellowship and the guidance of my Doctoral advisor, Dr. Anne Rimoin, to gain hands-on experience with immense benefits, which includes living abroad in a low income country with limited resources, networking with experienced public health leaders (both national and international persons), participation in consultancies with large organizations including WHO and UNCIEF, and experience working with data and applying epidemiologic methods learned during course work. It provided me with the time and flexibility necessary to develop a dynamic dissertation topic, not only important for completing my own degree objectives, but also a project which could have a major impact on disease surveillance methods and data compilation and analysis within the country. I have had the time to foster meaningful relationships with others in the public health field, including those within the country’s Ministry of Health, which allowed me unparalleled access to data and information at a country level with the support of those in the programs to succeed. The support and generosity from the Faucett Fellowship have been and will continue to play a central role in the completion of my doctoral dissertation and experiences in the field necessary for future employment. With this fellowship, I have the gained confidence, knowledge, skills and soon a completed degree which will make me a sought after candidate in the field of international public health with a focus on epidemiology of emerging infectious diseases.

Reena H. Doshi, M.P.H., Ph.D. Candidate, Faucett Fellow, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Nicole Hoff

Through the generous support of the Faucet Family Foundation fellowship, I have had the opportunity to obtain hands on epidemiologic field experience in a resource-low setting. Through my doctoral studies, I have gained a superior methodological foundation of epidemiological skills, and in DRC, I have had the opportunity to apply these skills in my own dissertation research. Being a Faucett fellow in DRC, has given me the opportunity to work closely with world-renowned infectious diseases experts and other global health professionals, while providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Health, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization. Unlike other short-term fellowships, my long-term experience in DRC has afforded me the ability to see a project from start to finish, from the grant-writing phase to the data analyses. This fellowship has enabled me to develop the knowledge and skills to work as a successful field epidemiologist in resource-limited countries and will be invaluable in my future career as a global public health practitioner.

About the Faucett Fellowship

The purpose of the Faucett Fellowship is to promote global health by providing financial assistance to public health doctoral students who would like to gain practical field epidemiology experience in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Eligible students must be enrolled at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and must submit a project proposal that addresses a specific public health issue and outline a work plan to address it. Projects should be approximately 6 months in length. Each Fellowship of up to $25,000 can be used to support student travel costs, including airfare, room and board, travel health preparation, travel insurance and/or supplies for a particular global health project. The Fellowship cannot be used to cover tuition costs, school supplies, conference attendance or other non-project related expenses. Under certain circumstances, fellowships may be renewed for an additional 6-month period.

Applications will be scored based on the strength of the proposal, the relevance to public health and the applicant’s academic and career goals, the significance to the host organization and the commitment by the host organization supervisor and/or UCLA faculty mentor. Preference will be given to candidates who have at least some foreign language capability in French and who will have advanced to candidacy prior to departure.