Melissa Watt Named Associate Director for MSc-GH

Published June 03, 2013 under Education News

Melissa Watt

Melissa Watt, assistant research professor of global health, has been appointed Associate Director of the Duke Master of Science in Global Health (MSc-GH). 

Founded in 2009, the MSc-GH is one of the leading graduate-level global health programs in the country. The flagship graduate program offers students a tailored curriculum, the ability to develop a thesis project and funded fieldwork.  In her role, Watt will lead a review of the MSc-GH fieldwork and thesis requirements. Watt will work closely with DGHI faculty member Chris Woods, who directs the program.

“I couldn’t be more excited about this new role, and the opportunity to train the next generation of global health leaders,” said Watt. “I have served as a mentor for several MSc-GH students, so I know firsthand the experience and passion they bring to the program. I look forward to working with Chris Woods and the outstanding DGHI education team to continue to grow and strengthen this important graduate program.”

Watt’s research focuses on mental health issues of women with obstetric fistula in Tanzania and HIV risk behaviors among women in South Africa.

She begins in the new role July 1. She replaces Brian Pence, who will leave Duke this summer.