Career interviews

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Viva Combs Thorsen was the top choice when CDC hired an epidemiologist despite the federal civilian hiring freeze instituted by President Trump. She will entail collaborating at the policy level, using data within an epidemiological level, and programmatic level in seven countries.

Cynthia Wangamati developed a research proposal on sexual violence with the help of her supervisors and got funding for her PhD from a GLOBVAC grant at the Research Council of Norway.

The best thing that happened was that I was able to carry out my research in Ethiopia. I brought my kids and my husband and we shared the best experience of our life.

From nurse-midwife through master and Phd-studies to becoming the youngest General Director of Health in the Gambia. Hard work and steady focus pays off.

I now understand with greater clarity the relationship between group health and individual health, that is of public health and conventional medicine.

From being a lecturer and researcher of public health in the Faculty of Medicine, Mekelle University, to working for the Norwegian Center for Minority Health Research (NAKMI).

I really enjoyed studying with international students. We learned so much about each other, and the fact that we all came from various backgrounds made the discussions lively and interesting.

I thought it was very nice to communicate with others from different backgrounds. Also, I really enjoyed getting help from professors and classmates. Living in Norway was clean, quiet and impressive. I returned to my home country and continued to work at Jiangsu CDC, which is where I worked before I came to Norway.