International Health Alumnus Enjoys Career at Bush Institute

MARCH 22, 2016 - Matthew Crommett (NHS'08), MHS, graduated from Georgetown with his bachelor's degree in international health and then pursued a master of health science degree in international health with a concentration in social and behavioral interventions at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The School of Nursing & Health Studies recently had a chance to catch up with Crommett.

NHS: What are you currently working on at the Bush Institute?

MC: I currently serve as deputy director of policy and programs at the George W. Bush Institute. In this role, I collaborate with Bush Institute issue area directors to develop strategies and performance measures for institute programs, including our work that supports veterans as they transition to civilian life, our research on the role and influence of global First Ladies, and Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, our affiliated global health program that leads coordinated action to save women’s lives from cancer.

NHS: What are some of the other professional highlights you'd like to share?

MC: Prior to joining the Bush Center, I worked at Goldman Sachs in New York City where I was a program officer for the 10,000 Women program.  In this role, I oversaw the 10,000 Women performance monitoring system for all of the countries where the program operates. Visiting women business owners who had grown their businesses and invested profits back into the health and education of their families and communities was definitely a highlight of my career.

A recent highlight through my involvement with Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon has been seeing government and non-profit leaders in sub-Saharan Africa embrace non-communicable disease control programs and begin to direct funds and human resources towards cervical cancer prevention and treatment.

Another highlight has been serving as a co-chair of the coordinating committee for the Improving Data for Decision-Making in Global Cervical Cancer Programs project with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC Foundation, and the World Health Organization.

NHS: How do you think that Georgetown and the International Health Program prepared you for your career?

MC: I regularly use many of the lessons I learned in Georgetown classrooms. The international health major provided me with a foundational understanding of key players and institutions in the complex global health field. Georgetown professors have unparalleled access to the international organizations that Washington, D.C. has to offer and that becomes particularly helpful when seeking internships. 

A science degree provides rigorous training, and the international health major does a nice job of exposing students to various career paths where scientific research can be applied. Georgetown trains us to critically examine results of scientific studies and to discuss the relevancy of those results. Those critical thinking and evaluation skills have been tremendously useful in my career. 

NHS: What advice might you give current students interested in pursuing the type of work you do?

MC: Treat every introduction as a possible employer and work hard! The field of global health is a tight-knit community, and if you leave a positive impression with enough people, you are bound to end up with great opportunities.

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