ST. LOUIS - Michael Rozier, MHS, S.J., an instructor at the School of Public Health, recently seized an opportunity to practice what he preached.
|Beth Schwaab, a 2009 SLU alum, is in Manila, working as an intern for the World Health Organization.|
He was in Denver for the American Public Health Association's annual conference, presenting a lecture about innovations in global health education when he held his regular global health class for his 42 SLU undergraduate students from afar.
Rozier, who directs undergraduate education for the School of Public Health, used Wimba to set up a virtual classroom that all participants accessed from their personal computers.
He engaged Beth Schwaab, a SLU 2009 alum who is an intern in the Western Pacific Regional Office of the World Health Organization, to talk about the importance of culture on global health intervention. Schwaab taught the class at 2 a.m. from Manila, Rozier moderated from Denver, and his students used their computers to listen and ask questions from St. Louis.
By all accounts, the class was an inspiring learning exercise.
"The lecture by Beth Schwaab offered my classmates and me a chance to get into the life of a woman not much older than us, and on top of that, a SLU graduate. Beth's lecture empowered my decision to study public health, to know that at such a young age I could be putting the Jesuit mission into action," said Matt Ryan, a sophomore in the class.
"To be an agent of change to communities who most need it, whether halfway around the world or two blocks from SLU, gives meaning to my studies daily."
Ellen Albritton, a junior, loved hearing about how an acquaintance applied what she learned at SLU to make a difference in the world.
"It was incredible to hear the story of how someone I knew personally from SLU has gone on to work in the field of public health around the world and to hear the valuable insights she gave into the process of discerning what path is right for you post-graduation," Albritton said.