Faculty Voices

"What's really fun is to see these future doctors taking charge of their own education—discovering things, declaring what they don't know...It's infectious to be in the room with them."

Amin Azzam MD
Associate Clinical Professor
Director, Contextually-Integrated Case-Based Curriculum
UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program
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"Probably one of the most rewarding experiences I had is traveling to different cultures, to different countries, even within the United States, and working with communities—engaging communities—and having my students be part of that process."

Brenda Eskenazi PhD
Professor of Maternal & Child Health and Epidemiology
Head, Division of Community Health Sciences
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"We're living through a golden age of statistics in terms of how available and ubiquitous data is in every field of application. Nothing can be more exciting than determining a risk factor and allowing people to intervene to prevent people getting sick in the first place."

Nicholas P. Jewell PhD
Professor of Biostatistics and Statistics
Head, Division of Biostatistics
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"My research project in Ethiopia was designed to provide women with easy access to family planning methods, but at the same time, to give women— especially village women—the power to be entrepreneurs, help other women, and control their fertility."

Ndola Prata MD, MSc
Fred H. Bixby Endowed Chair in Population and Family Planning
Associate Professor in Residence, Maternal and Child Health
Director, Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability
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"Most people accept that cigarette smoking is bad for your health. The worst thing you can do is stick burning stuff in your mouth. But the next worst thing you can do is have a lot of burning stuff in your kitchen—and a simple village fire is equivalent to about 400 cigarettes an hour of smoke. Finding solutions is something urgent."

Kirk R. Smith PhD, MPH
Professor, Global Environmental Health
Director, Master's Program, Global Health and Environment
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"Through our very low-cost community intervention that we're doing, the parents are learning how to feed their children better, the children are experiencing less tooth decay, less mouth pain, less malnutrition, and they're having better school attendance and a better ability to concentrate in school."

Karen Sokal-Gutierrez MD, MPH
Associate Clinical Professor
UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program
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