Public Health Fellows & Interns

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The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives trains future health professionals through Public Health Fellowships and student internships. 

Public Health Fellows  

The Public Health Fellows position was created  to reflect the emerging public health approach to college student health. Since 2011, Public Health Fellows have enhanced Cornell Health’s outreach and educational efforts, and have made significant contributions to campus health initiatives. 

Public Health Fellows:

  • utilize “near peer” student connections to promote and deliver innovative strategies to address student mental health and well-being, alcohol and other drugs, sexual violence, and hazing, as well as other emerging student health issues
  • contribute to the work of the Skorton Center by facilitating educational outreach efforts and contributing to research and evaluation projects

To learn more about the Public Health Fellow position, consider watching the video below to learn about the experience of recent Fellows. You can also read more about individual Fellows (and their backgrounds) in the chart below the video.

Meet our current fellows:

The primary responsibilities of the Public Health Fellows and Senior Public Health Fellows include facilitating various health outreach programs to student organizations (including Notice and Respond: Friend 2 Friend, Thrive, Intervene, sexual violence prevention, hazing prevention, and other related education programs). In addition to their outreach work, Baba Adejuyigbe, Jane Hinkle, and Tamsin Smith coordinate the Greek Health and Wellness Initiative.

Baba Adejuyigbe, '18
Public Health Fellow
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Baba majored in Human Biology, Health and Society with minors in Business and Inequality Studies. While at Cornell, Baba was a member of the Varsity Football Team for four year, founded the Athletic Pre-Health Society, and served as a facilitator for the Intergroup Dialogue Project (IDP). He also conducted research for the Erickson Lab, which develops medical diagnostic devices for limited resource settings. The culmination of all of these experiences at Cornell as well as Baba’s childhood upbringing in South Africa fuels his interest in public health and medicine. 

Jane Hinkle, '18
Public Health Fellow

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Jane majored in Global and Public Health Sciences in the College of Human Ecology.  Beyond her coursework, her love for public health was cemented through community engagement experiences such as her work promoting food safety and restaurant sanitation in New York City and her engaged learning opportunity in Moshi, Tanzania, where she helped to plan an intervention to promote rates of exclusive breastfeeding at a maternal and child health clinic. As a student at Cornell she was involved in research, Cayuga’s Watchers, Peer Review Board, and Greek life.  

Tamsin Smith, '17
Public Health Fellow
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Tamsin majored in Biology and Society in Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She minored in Infectious Disease Biology and Community Food Systems. She was drawn to public health after a summer of profiling the spread of the vector Aedes albopictus. She enjoyed the field research, and liked teaching homeowners about mosquito biology and control. For her practicum research project in food systems, she worked in rural communities in Malawi to combine her interests in microbiology, nutrition, and healthcare. During her time as a student, Tamsin was a Resident Advisor and an Orientation Supervisor, as well as a member of a service fraternity and several dance groups.

 

Read about our the paths of our former Public Health Fellows (pdf). 

GPHS student interns 

The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives has partnered with the College of Human Ecology to provide students in the Global and Public Health Sciences (GPHS) major with a student internship opportunity within Cornell Health.