Des Moines University in December announced the four students who have been selected to participate in prestigious summer internships as part of its Global Health Pathways of Distinction program.
Kelsey Millonig, a second-year podiatric medical student in DMU’s College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, and Matthew Mueller, a second-year student in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, will intern with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Millonig’s research internship will focus on age-friendly cities and communities; Mueller’s will examine climate change and health. Both students also are pursuing master’s degrees in public health at the University.
Millonig is DMU’s first podiatric medical student to be selected for an internship with the WHO. The organization, which represents 147 countries and more than 150 nationalities, directs and coordinates heath within the United Nations and provides leadership on global health, shapes research agendas, develops international healthy policy and monitors health needs across the world.
Dana Lowry, M.P.H., a second-year osteopathic medical student, is DMU’s first student to be selected to intern at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The topics of her internship are environmental hazards and health effects. The CDC serves as the nation’s health protection agency by conducting research, providing health information and responding to threats of disease, both foreign and in the U.S.
Rachel Hildebrand, a second-year osteopathic medical student, will conduct her summer internship on healthy aging with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the world’s oldest international public health agency. PAHO provides technical cooperation and mobilizes partnerships to improve health and quality of life in the countries of the Americas. It serves as the WHO’s regional office for the Americas.
These four individuals are among 20 DMU students who have participated, since 2009, in these organizational internships through the University’s Global Health Pathways of Distinction program.