Krystal Hill + St. Lucia = a picturesque IFE

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World traveler.  Student extraordinaire.  Global health practitioner.

She’s Krystal Hill, a graduate student in the USF College of Public Health, and she recently returned from St. Lucia, the site of her international field experience.

Krystal Hill St Lucia Go Bulls

As a USF undergraduate and graduate student, Krystal carefully orchestrated a collegiate career that perfectly blends leadership, scholarship, and research with global health.

She served as the student assistant for the college’s Department of Global Health, mentored first year students in USF PASS, is a Globull Ambassador for USF Education Abroad, and is one of three public health students who received the Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Research Challenge Grant for 2013.

Krystal Hill

As a student in global health practice, Krystal must spend at least eight weeks working in an international setting. Thus far, she’s traveled to Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Jamaica for academic experiences.

So, where to for her IFE? The picturesque island of St. Lucia, of course!

The excerpt below and more can be found on Krystal Hill’s blog Log on to discover Krystal’s next adventure!

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I have sailed many moons away to the beautiful island of Saint Lucia in the Caribbean to intern with an international government.

The Ministry of Health, Wellness, Human Services, and Gender Relations (Ministry of Health) invited me to intern with the Corporate Planning Unit (CPU) as a Health System Planner. Charged with leading a project that will assist the country in strengthening its health system, I look forward to implementing policies to improve the quality of healthcare.

So far, the salient training that I received at USF College of Public Health has prepared me to excel as an intern/consultant as I work in this country!

Thankfully, I have not had any serious challenges that sparked the urge to get on the next thing smoking back to the U.S. The only major issue I had was learning how to navigate the political atmosphere within an international government as a foreigner.

Most of my studies as a Global Health Practice student centered on program planning, reproductive health, and social marketing. As a result, I have little to no experience in working/interacting with public figures or policy development.

Or so I thought.

What I have learned since being here is that there are just some things you need to learn on the job. I have acquired the technical skills needed to (1) lead a successful project to harvest useful information and (2) I have worked with many public figures as a USF student. In hindsight, my involvement in student and professional organizations exposed me to the “office politics” that exists at every organizational level, including the government. I attribute my collegiate experience, in addition to my wonderful and supportive supervisors, to my success in overcoming this and the many other unforeseen obstacles during my stay here.

Interning with the Ministry of Health has most definitely been a challenge, but it has many rewarding experiences as well. Working with the CPU as a Health System Planner has not only allowed me to evaluate my ability as a global health professional, but it also has allowed me to grow professionally within my career. I am most appreciative of this opportunity and will continue to strategically share my experiences working for an international government until I have to return back to the U.S.

To view photos from Krystal’s IFE, visit the USF College of Public Health facebook page.

Ms. Hill graduates in December with an MPH in global health practice. The Department of Global Health serves as her academic home. The department offers more than 10 concentrations that lead to MPH, MSPH, DrPH, and PhD degrees, as well as several dual degrees, graduate certificates, and special programs. Most recently, Global Health added an online master of public health degree in infection control to its academic offerings.

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