Geneva Semester Students Expand Global Health Horizons
Wouldn’t interning at the World Health Organization (WHO) be a public health student’s dream? Kent State undergraduates did just that when they enrolled in the university’s Geneva Semester.
Health care administration major Tommy Milko returned from Geneva in December. Milko transferred from Ohio University because of Kent State’s global education opportunities in public health. He initially went to Geneva in 2011 with the first group of students taking the two-week immersion course – and couldn’t wait to go back.
“Coming to Kent State was the best decision and going to Geneva was the best experience of my entire life,” he recalls. Milko interned at the WHO on its Tobacco Free Initiative, working with students from Australia, India and the United Kingdom, as well as “the great staff at TFI,” he says. The Kent State senior completed two projects. He analyzed each member-state ministry’s website to determine the accessibility of tobacco cessation information and had it translated into English if needed. In addition, Milko developed tool kits for primary care physicians and providers to help their patients quit smoking. He will graduate in May and plans to pursue employment with The Cleveland Clinic Foundation.