Nicole Gathany '11 — Master's student of Public Health in Health Policy and Management at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University

I graduated from Duke in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in ICS and completed my fieldwork for my ICS Senior Honors thesis in Nigeria, where I studied spiritual warfare and healing among Yoruba Charismatic and Pentecostal Christians.  ICS gives its students a unique set of comparative-analytical and cultural competency skills. While completing my fieldwork in Nigeria, I used the skills I gained in ICS and discovered (albeit by accident) how a nation's agricultural and trading policies affect eating behaviors and therefore the health of its citizens. This sparked my interests in health policy and management in public health, and I am now pursuing a Masters of Public Health in Health Policy and Management at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.