Public health undergrad studies abroad as a Gilman Scholar


Siham Abdi, an undergraduate public health student, is one of only five Ohio State students to receive the prestigious 2015 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Abdi will be traveling to Karnataka, India this summer to study global public health at Manipal University as part of the College of Public Health study abroad program. Her experience will include field trips throughout India where she can witness public health in action and within the Indian culture.

“When I learned about the public heath degree and how its scope of practice is all encompassing, I became fascinated,” said Abdi. “I am passionate about interacting with others, solving real-world problems and looking at all factors that influence one’s quality of life.”

This scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students around the country with the goal of easing the financial burdens that often come along with study abroad opportunities.

“I am tremendously grateful for this award because a huge burden of the costs has been eliminated on my end,” said Abdi. “I get to worry less about the financial aspect of the program and focus on enjoying this unique experience.”



About The Ohio State University College of Public Health

The Ohio State University College of Public Health is a leader in educating students, creating new knowledge through research, and improving the livelihoods and well-being of people in Ohio and beyond.  The College’s divisions include biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health behavior and health promotion, and health services management and policy.   It is ranked 19th among all colleges of public health in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report, and also includes the top 10-ranked MHA degree program.  The College provides leadership and expertise for Ohio and the world through its Center for Health Outcomes, Policy and Evaluation Studies (HOPES), Center for Public Health Practice, and the NCI-funded Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science (CERTS).