Cauchavius Watts receives ACHE Congress Scholarship, moves one step closer to dream career

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“I crave the challenges that international healthcare work brings, and I enjoy experiencing different cultures,” said USF College of Public Health student Cauchavius Watts.

After completing his service as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia in 2012, Watts came to USF to pursue his Master of Public Health degree and to get one step closer to his goal of becoming a project manager for an international health organization.


Watts pictured with a youth summer camp that  he and volunteers implemented in Wukro Town, Ethiopia.

Watts pictured (7th from left, back row) with a youth summer camp that he and volunteers implemented in Wukro Town, Ethiopia.

“I chose the College of Public Health at USF because of its long-standing commitment to public health as a profession,” Watts said.

He said that when he thinks of the COPH, he thinks of committed professors and a 21st-century approach to population health issues. He chose to study under the Department of Health Policy and Management because it teaches the skills needed for an international health career.

Along with being a student, Watts is a graduate assistant in the HPM department, where he is involved with recruitment and retention work to promote various COPH degree programs.

Most recently, however, Watts is a recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executives Congress Scholarship.

The ACHE scholarship awarded $900 to cover the costs of attending the annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which Watts has credited for improving his level of preparedness for a proficient international career in healthcare management.

Cauchavius Watts and the HPM delegation at the 2015 ACHE Congress in Chicago

(far left) Cauchavius Watts and the HPM delegation at the 2015 ACHE Congress in Chicago.

On campus, he is secretary-elect for the Healthcare Management Student Association 2015-16 school year and a student member of the western Florida chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives, among other things.

As an out-of-state student, Watts is particularly appreciative of the scholarships he has received that help to reduce the financial burdens of pursuing his degree and allow him to focus his energy on his passions in health policy management. In addition to his ACHE scholarship, he is also the recipient of an African Studies Scholarship from the Department of Global Health.

“Public health touches every facet of the human condition,” he said on why he is passionate about public health.

Cauchavius Watts

Cauchavius Watts

Watts said he is grateful for the recognition he’s received and for the progress he will be able to make because of it. When asked what he would like to tell COPH donors, he said he was very grateful.

“Because of your contribution, I can use my energy to focus on evidence-based policy development and quality assurance both in domestic and international settings,” he said. “Truly, I thank you for your investment.”

Watts said that he finds inspiration in a number of people and places at USF. He specifically recognizes Ellen Kent, Dr. Arturo Rebollon and Dr. John Petrila for the role that they have each played in inspiring and encouraging his progress.

He said, “It is a dream come true for me to pursue a career in this capacity.”

Story by AnnaMarie Koehler-Shepley, photos courtesy of Natalie Preston and Cauchavius Watts, USF College of Public Health.