CHW announces Health Scholars for the Class of 2018

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017
by Justine Conoline

The Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW) at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs has selected six Health Scholars. The scholars, all juniors, will receive financial support for travel and research to pursue internships and senior thesis research that relate to domestic and international health care and health policy.

A small group of juniors is chosen each year for the program through a rigorous application and selection process focusing on both academic performance and plans for work and research on health policy issues.

The scholars are supported by the program through their junior and senior years. Scholars receive financial support to engage in health-related internships or independent research on health-related topics in the summer before the senior year, and are expected to write senior theses with a health policy dimension.

The scholars may also participate in planning health policy seminars and lectures, and they have the opportunity to interact with distinguished speakers during their campus visits.

This initiative is part of the Center for Health and Wellbeing’s Global Health Program. The program’s key elements all relate to domestic and international health care and health policy, and include seed grants to support innovative faculty research; conferences, workshops and policy forums; and grants for student research and internships.

The six Class of 2018 Health Scholars are:

  • Mya Abousy ’18, a Spanish concentrator pursuing a certificate in global health and health policy (GHP). She plans to travel to Cuba to investigate how breast cancer is screened, diagnosed, prevented and handled at both the family physician level and the community genetics level in a socialist healthcare system.
  • Yash S. Huilgol ’18, a Woodrow Wilson School concentrator pursuing certificates in GHP and technology and society. He proposes to investigate how new telemedicine provisions are utilized in Veterans Affairs hospitals in Pennsylvania as a way of expanding health access, reducing costs, and improving patient outcomes.
  • Dahlia Kaki ’18, a Woodrow Wilson School concentrator pursuing a certificate in GHP. She plans to investigate how Tunisia’s health care system has benefitted or regressed during its transition to a democratically-elected government.
  • Matthew Kritz ‘18, a Philosophy concentrator pursuing certificates in GHP and Judaic Studies. He will study the unique challenges faced by refugee health clinics both in the US and abroad, hoping to identify best practices.
  • Tristan L. Lim ‘18, a Chemical and Biological Engineering concentrator pursuing three certificates: engineering, biology, and GHP. He will conduct research on photoablation nanoparticles and their application to cancer treatment and other medical issues.
  • Julia Song ‘18, a Woodrow Wilson School concentrator pursuing a certificate in GHP. She will study the impact of the changing hospital distribution landscape in NYC on health care access, cost, and quality.


The Center for Health and Wellbeing is an interdisciplinary center within the Woodrow Wilson School, which seeks to foster research and teaching on the multiple aspects of health and wellbeing in both developed and developing countries.