Brenda Kharono, MPH, Global Health
A native of Uganda, Brenda Kharono, is a Global Health MPH Student, at the University of Washington and a START Center Research Assistant in the Department of Global Health. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery from Makerere University, Brenda worked with the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) providing clinical care to HIV patients. She then took up a position as a research physician in a research organization- Makerere University John Hopkins University Research Collaboration (MUJHU), whose mission is to improve the health status of people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS through research, training, prevention and care. Prior to this, she worked with a faith based NGO, as an intern medical doctor in Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, Surgery and Internal medicine. She was introduced to the field of public health came in through a four year Community Based Education and Research Services (COBERS) medical training program. Her interest in improving community-based health practices and refugee health among women and children in low-and-middle income countries saw her volunteer at a resettlement camp in south western Uganda, carrying out outreaches, and clinical and surgical work in Kilembe Mines Hospital. She intends to use the MPH and Global WACh Certificate to leverage her skills in detailed understanding of research principles, primary prevention of disease and improved health service delivery globally.