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Yousra Mohamoud

Graduate Student in the PhD Epidemiology program since 2014


Brief Interest Statement: Within population health my interests are in Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Genetic Epidemiology and Maternal and Child Health. I graduated from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a M.Sc. in Infectious Disease Epidemiology and I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Maryland. Infectious diseases have always been a passion of mine. Prior to joining UW-Population Health, I was a member of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Group at Weill Cornell Medical College- Qatar. I was involved in a research project that aims to synthesize the epidemiological evidence on hepatitis C virus (HCV) in different population groups in the Middle East and North Africa region and to characterize the potential for HIV transmission through the parenteral route using the synthesized epidemiological evidence on HCV as a proxy measure. My earlier research activities focused on developing alternative methods for the early screening of cervical cancer in remote populations in the U.S.A. and investigating the prevalence of the human papilloma virus (HPV) among HIV infected women in Malawi. What experiences in your life led you to study population/public health? A visit to my parent’s homeland of Hargeisa, Somalia when I was young focused my interest in infectious disease towards disease prevention and health promotion thus began my journey to study Epidemiology and Population Health.

Why did you choose UW-Madison for your degree: With its integrated school model and interdisciplinary approach UW-Madison was the obvious choice for me. Also, I had visited a friend here in Madison last summer and the scenic beauty of the campus with its view of the lakes ensured that I would come back.

What do you hope/plan to do with your degree? After I am finished at UW-Madison, I hope to work in an international- academic or governmental- institution focused on public health research and evidence based health policy development in the Middle East and North Africa region.