Dr. Lyndon Haviland establishes doctoral fellowship in migrant health

Mar. 19, 2019
Lyndon Haviland

March 19, 2019

The CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) was awarded its first named and endowed doctoral fellowship, provided by a generous $625,000 pledge from Dr. M. Lyndon Haviland, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the CUNY SPH Foundation.

The Lyndon Haviland Fellowship will provide one incoming doctoral student the opportunity to develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills in addressing migrant health issues through public health policies and strategies, while learning from and collaborating with Dr. Haviland, an internationally recognized global public health expert and a passionate advocate for refugees, immigrants, and young people.

The Fellowship award includes full in-state tuition and an annual stipend of $35,000.

The recipient will work 20 hours per week as a research or teaching assistant throughout their course of study, meet with Dr. Haviland for mentorship and professional development twice annually, and receive ongoing supervision and guidance from a CUNY SPH Faculty Advisor.

The aim of the program is to create a highly trained cohort of public health experts that share in Dr. Haviland’s commitment to public health and emulate her commitment to addressing critical public health issues through the application of health policy to community health, advocacy, and population sciences.”I am profoundly grateful to Lyndon for creating this opportunity for a doctoral student to advance our knowledge about migrant health,” said CUNY SPH dean Ayman El-Mohandes. “This fellowship is a testament to Lyndon’s deep personal commitment to public health and to CUNY SPH, and it is of course in keeping with our social justice mission as a school. I look forward to meeting the first Haviland Fellow this fall, and many more in the years to come.”Candidates for the Ph.D. in Community Health and Health Policy who are selected for consideration will be asked to submit a personal statement demonstrating their interest in and commitment to deepening their understanding of migrant health and developing skills in public health. The final candidate will interview with Dr. Haviland before being accepted into the program.

For more information on eligibility and requirements for the Lyndon Haviland Fellowship, prospective students may visit Scholarships and Opportunities.

About CUNY SPH The CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) is committed to teaching, research and service that creates a healthier New York City and helps promote equitable, efficient and evidence-based solutions to pressing health problems facing cities around the world. For more information, visit sph.cuny.edu.

About Dr. Lyndon Haviland As an international health consultant with more than 30 years of public health experience, Dr. Haviland began her career in the US Refugee Service, working in multiple camps with Southeast Asian refugees. In 1991, she co-authored the first humanitarian needs assessment of Cambodia for the US Agency for International Development. Since that time, Dr. Haviland has led various public health campaigns, initiatives and organizations. Her consulting clients include UN agencies, international NGOs, and former heads of state. She has served as a board member for numerous international and domestic NGOs including the American Public Health Association where she is the recipient of three of its highest honors, Friend of the Student Assembly, the Director’s Citation and most recently the APHA Student Assembly Millennium Award in 2018 for extraordinary dedication, leadership, mentorship and support of the Student Assembly of APHA.

As a consultant, Dr. Haviland has advised global leaders, presidents and agency heads on maternal and child health, access to vaccines, vaccine hesitancy, sexual and reproductive health, tobacco control and health promotion/disease prevention. Her work spans strategy, communications, leadership and partnership development. She was the Senior Project Leader for the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health Every Woman, Every Child campaign, an initiative to align all member states of the United Nations around a common strategy for saving more than 16 million lives and raised more than $40 billion in new resources for women and children’s health globally. Every Woman, Every Child is widely acknowledged as a turning point for multi-sectoral partnerships at the United Nations.

Dr. Haviland has worked in a broad range of professional environments spanning domestic, academic, multinational and multilateral organizations. Her resume includes Earth Echo International, GAVI, UN Women, Policy Wisdom, Rabin Martin, the Aspen Institute, UNAIDS, the United Nations Department of Public Information, the UN Foundation, HRSA/SPNS projects, UNDP, WHO, the International Medical Corps, the American Legacy Foundation, The International Catholic Migration Commission and the International Organization for Migration.

She received an MPH and DrPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and completed Advanced Management and Leadership training at Harvard Business School.