Quynh-Anh Vu (Annie for short) is a candidate for a Master’s in Public Health at San Jose State University, California, USA. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, CA, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Integrative Biology. She went on to study the optometric sciences and obtained internships in the allied health sciences – namely optometry and pharmacy.

Her experiences in these fields have taught her that health is more than just biology. “It is who we are, what we are, and where we live.” she says of her varied experiences and background. “I came away from these experiences with the understanding that if we are to make a meaningful impact in health, we must also address these aspects,” Annie says of her interest in completing the global health internship with GHEP.

As a young scholar, she was instilled with a love and passion for pursuing knowledge, and was taught that knowledge is power. Her greatest passion lies in the arts, languages, and medical sciences. She hopes that one day, her work will empower others.

Annie speaks fluent Vietnamese, English, and a little bit of French. She loves learning about other cultures and would love to travel the world one day. She also loves classic literature (especially the works of William Shakespeare), writing poetry, and sipping coffee at busy coffee shops.

For her final internship project, Annie is working on maternal mortality in developing countries around the world.